One of the oldest towns in England, Ipswich was founded around the 7th century. Although areas of the ancient road can still be seen there has been a gentrification in Ipswich, particularly around the waterfront which was completely devastated in bombing during WWII. Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon came to Ipswich for a pilgrimage, Geoffrey Chaucer caricaturized the Ipswich merchants in Canterbury Tales and Charles Dickens stayed in Ipswich and used the town as a setting for The Pickwick Papers. Visitors today come to Ipswich for the beauty of the area as well as for the many attractions the town boasts.
Visitors can visit the Suffolk Leisure Park for a unique experience. This park allows visitors to ski in any season with its dry ski run. Lessons are available for all levels and toboggan rides will delights kids of all ages. A climbing wall and a high ropes course is available for the daring and those less inclined can try their hand a golf on the covered driving range. Sailing vessels and Royal Navy Ships can be admired at the Neptune Marina which is situated on the River Orwell. Only 10 minutes from the town center, the waterfront bustles with shops, art galleries, theatres, cinemas and historical buildings. Diners can choose from a wide assortment of restaurants such as The Lord Nelson which serves traditional pub food, Loch Fyne which serves seafood and Colours Continental Cafe which serves sandwiches and homemade cake. Tesco Express Supermarket is nearby for shopping needs.
There are many places to stay while visiting Ipswich including guest houses, Bed-and-Breakfasts and self-catering cottages. For Ipswich hotels, however, the Milsom Hotels are the place to go. With all the hotels Suffolk has to offer, few can compare with Milsom. Great for couples as well as for families with children, the Milsom Hotels offer top-rate accommodation, and superb dining experiences. Consider visiting the Milsom Spa for a little pampering. Arrive a little early and unwind with fruit juice and a magazine. Then choose from treatments such as massage, facials, deep tissue treatments, reflexology, holistic healing, aromatherapy, Indian head massage, skincare, nail care and make up. Some of the Milsom Hotels offer an afternoon Tea for guests to partake in. Relax with buttermilk scones, clotted cream and a nice pot of hot tea in the sitting room, the Garden Room, in the pool house or next to the pool. Sandwiches, cakes, brownies and delicacies such as lemon fondant are also sometimes available.
Rooms and suites are elegantly and comfortably furnished, each one unique. They come with special amenities such as sheets in Egyptian cotton, goose down duvets, hot tub and private terrace. Guests can choose from a variety of sizes and themes.
Trekking holidays, old churches and abbeys, parks and gardens and eclectic shopping is more of what visitors to Ipswich can look forward to. Visit Ipswich, Suffolk, for a memorable time. The Tourist Board can also provide information on Ipswich Hotels and Suffolk Hotels
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Glorious scenery, architecture, markets, galleries, parks and the Ipswich Waterfront are just a few of the attractions waiting in Ipswich, Suffolk