Ambition Ipswich

Ipswich's Heritage

Ipswich is widely regarded as the oldest continuously settled Anglo-Saxon town in England and has a rich heritage and proud history.

That history is still being written as the town puts its stamp on the 21st Century as a centre for hi-tech and creative industries and with a new university and exciting developments on a regenerated Waterfront.

Christchurch Mansion is a Tudor house set in a beautiful park close to the town centre. It is a free museum housing period rooms and a stunning art gallery, home to the most significant collection of Constables outside London and currently housing Rodin's iconic sculpture The Kiss.

Ipswich Museum is home to Wool-I-Am the mammoth and Rosie the rhino as well as thousands of years of history brought back to Ipswich by generations of explorers and collectors. It is preparing a multi-million development programme to transform its collections and engagement with visitors.

More modern but equally stunning is the Willis building, an iconic feature of Ipswich created by Norman (now Lord) Foster and the most recent Grade I listed building in the country.

Bringing Ipswich up to date is the University of Suffolk on the Waterfront, part of Ipswich's growing education quarter and adding to the transformation of this area. Alongside the quays are the Jerwood DanceHouse, hotels, restaurants, bars and marinas and the emerging Hold heritage centre.

In the historic town centre, the Ipswich Vision Group - a partnership including Ipswich Borough Council - has completed a new-look town square, with a fusion of old and new to represent Ipswich's proud past and constant development.

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