Ipswich, located in Suffolk, offers plenty to see and do for visitors. Christchurch Mansion and Park is certainly one of the more popular attractions in the city. If you enjoy architecture, be sure to visit the Willis Building. Also, make sure to fit in a visit to the Ipswich Museum, which dates back to 1847 and offers numerous exhibits. There are also two cinemas in Ipswich in addition to a theatre that will certainly appeal to visitors when they are in town. Visitors will also find there are plenty of accommodation options in Ipswich as well.
Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk and is home to almost 130,000 people. The town has played an important role in the history of Britain since the days of the Romans and it is one of the oldest towns in England. The town's Ipswich Museum traces its history and tells how Ipswich was centre for trade across the North Sea with an emphasis on trade with both Scandinavia and the Rhine. The museum also holds a replica of the Mildenhall Treasure, a hoard of Roman silver objects that were found locally during the 20th century. The find included the silver Great Dish dedicated to the god Bacchus. The dish measures almost two feet across and weighs over 18 pounds.
King John granted the town a charter in 1200 AD and the town's trade roots grew over the following four hundred years as they traded the local cloth with the rest of Europe. Another claim to fame for the town is that its merchants were mentioned in Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales".
The annual Ip-Art festival takes place over several weeks in the summer and spreads throughout the town, featuring music, art, drama, film and literature. Due to the popularity of this event you should book your hotel accommodation in good time if you plan to stay in the town while the festival is taking place.