Ipswich is currently served by one central train station, Ipswich railway station, which is approximately 15-minutes walking distance from the town centre. It is a historic railway station, being founded in 1846 and noted for the discovery of ancient lion, mammoth and turtle fossils found during its excavation. One of the stations most popular routes is the train from London Liverpool Street to Ipswich. The average journey time is roughly 1h 12mins, making it an ideal route for travellers looking to quickly get from the centre of the capital. For the best deals on rail tickets, travel by train to Ipswich with Trainline and journey direct from London Liverpool Street. Another popular route is the train from Norwich to Ipswich. With a journey time of 40 minutes, it is a convenient link for Norwich based visitors looking to experience the best of Ipswich in a day. Book your trip today and save.
Public transport in Ipswich
Ipswich is well served by a variety of convenient transportation options and working out how to get around Ipswich is reasonably simple. From Ipswich railway station, you’ll find a generous selection of taxis and local buses, the latter of which covers key areas in the town and runs on a regular schedule. Ipswich’s town centre is compact and easily navigated by foot, with pedestrianized streets that make walking around a pleasant experience. However, it is important to note that walking far beyond the town centre at night is ill-advised and your best bet is to arrange a taxi beforehand rather than try and hail one. That’s not to say Ipswich is inherently dangerous, but some of the public underpasses can be a little unpleasant to walk through after dark.
Getting around Ipswich by bus is the most common method for the town’s residents and visitors. Local bus services gravitate from the Tower Ramparts Bus Station, which acts as a hub for most routes servicing Ipswich’s popular locations. The majority of bus companies operate their vehicles with a flat fare of £1.80, which you pay into the farebox next to the driver. If you don’t have the exact change, fret not, the driver will issue you with a voucher that you can use to partially pay for your next journey. One service to note is the excellent number 38 route, which loops around the town centre and is entirely free. It’s a great option for first-time visitors looking to get their bearings before heading out on their own. During the summer months, travellers can also ride on an open-top sightseeing bus and catch some of Ipswich’s top sights.
Taxi and Uber services in Ipswich are well covered and quite cheap by British standards. Unlike some larger towns and cities, metered taxis in Ipswich don’t cruise the streets looking for potential customers so you will have to catch a ride from one of the available taxi-stands. These are located outside the railway station, the Old Cattle Market bus station and on a side street beside the Debenhams department store just off Crown Street. Whilst Ipswich taxis are cost-effective, it is still cheaper to hire a mini-cab and they have the advantage of taking you to more inaccessible destinations. Remember that booking a mini-cab on either a Friday or Saturday night can be difficult due to high demand, so be sure to book well in advance.
Travelling around Ipswich by bicycle is a great way to take in the sights at your own leisure, and the town’s council have done wonders to make Ipswich a more cycle-friendly town. Many major routes throughout Ipswich feature cycle or wide bus lanes and there are also some dedicated, traffic-free cycle routes. These paths flow into green spaces giving cyclists ample time to enjoy the peaceful surroundings with ease. Make sure you pick up a free cycle map provided by the borough council.
Things to do in Ipswich
Ipswich is filled to bursting point with cultural attractions, historical landmarks and stylish eateries offering world-class cuisine, all of which are within walking distance of the train station. From the station, head up Princes Street towards the charming Arras Square, a traffic-free area packed with shops and only a stone’s throw away from St. Mary-le-Tower, a medieval church founded in the 13th century. The journey takes roughly 20 minutes and along the way, you’ll pass the Ipswich Town Football Club stadium, as well as the River Orwell. No visit to Ipswich would be complete without a stop at the spectacular Willis Building. Constructed in 1975 before earning its Grade I listed status in 1991 making it the youngest building ever to receive this status. Don’t miss the spectacular roof garden, especially on a summer’s day when you can grab a bite to eat in the sun.
Once you’re in the square, take the time to explore the myriad of shops and cafés, or catch a show at the nearby theatre. History buffs should definitely check out the Ancient House on Buttermarket, a Tudor mansion complete with elaborate wood carvings and pargeting depicting a Tudor view of the world. Head east to Upper Brook St, then continue onto Northgate St until you reach St Margaret’s street, where you turn left into Sloane St. This will take about 5 minutes and from here you can get to the Christchurch Mansion, another Tudor building well worth visiting for its stunning interior.