Moving to Ipswich, Suffolk

Rough guide to Ipswich, Suffolk

Moving to Ipswich
Abels has been moving people to Ipswich in Suffolk for generations. Moving to Ipswich from within the UK or from Europe is done by road, with moves from abroad depending upon your preference and the original location.  Abels has produced some guidance on the different methods to help you select the right mode for your move to Ipswich, and that could be by air or by sea.

Ipswich
Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk and the third largest settlement in the U.K’s East of England region. The town achieved prosperity as a trade centre in medieval times with its location on the estuary of the River Orwell. Ipswich is steeped in history, parts of the ancient road plan can still be found in its modern streets. Ipswich is also surrounded by the stunning scenery of the much celebrated Suffolk countryside.

The town is home to many artists with galleries at Ancient House and Christchurch Mansion both Grade I listed buildings in the centre of Ipswich.  The Borough Council promotes the creation of new public works of art and has been known to make this a condition of planning permission. The black glass-glad Willis Building is one such example. Its uniqueness has made it a landmark in the town, designed by the renowned Norman Foster and one of the youngest listed buildings in the country.

The Ipswich dock’s area known as ‘the waterfront’ was once the epicentre of the towns industrial trade however today it is emerging from its recent development to become devoted primarily to leisure use. It home to the Jerwood Dance House and a marina which offers awesome views of water surrounded by a mix of restaurants and bars. The area has also undergone significant residential development with a rise of contemporary apartments, reflective of Ipswich’s suitability as a commutable satellite town of London.

Ipswich was the home town of Tudor Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and it is alleged that Geoffrey Chaucer, author of the Canterbury Tales was born there too. Ralph Fiennes, Sir Bobby Robson, cartoonist ‘Giles’ and the artist Thomas Gainsborough all have lived or do live in the area. 

Doctor Who fans will be keen to know that the town is mentioned in ‘The End of the World’ episode. In this episode, the Doctor tells Rose Tyler to stay where she is and she replies, “where am I gonna  go, Ipswich?”.  Other popular culture references include a mention in the 2006 film, The Covenant and during the Family Guy episode ’Road to Europe’ in a children’s show watched by Stewie Griffin.