If you're looking for a town that fuses old and new then head to an Ipswich hotel and make the most of a stay near the sea. Wander around this fast-changing town and marvel at the timber buildings alongside the new architecture springing up around the waterfront. All only a short train ride from London. There's plenty to do, whether you want to get out on the water or see the sights.

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If you want to stay out of town, but within reach, then the Travelodge Ipswich Beacon Hill and the Travelodge Ipswich Stowmarket are perfectly located. From either one it's easy to head out and escape urban life along the imposing River Orwell or the Suffolk Coast. On the other hand, if you want to be right at the heart of the town, then the only choice for you is the Travelodge Ipswich Central.

If you're into sport then a stay by Ipswich Town Football Club is essential. While you can also base yourself near to University Campus Suffolk if you're visiting family studying in the town. Love to get to grips with the history of a place? Then book your stay close to Ipswich Museum and Bentwaters Cold War Museum.

Things to do in Ipswich

Water-lovers will be right at home near the sailboats and salty air of Ipswich Waterfront. You'll definitely want to roam the watery paradise of the Neptune Marina too. For a romantic treat further afield you can take a trip to Sudbury Hall and saunter around the stunning gardens.

For a history lesson, head to the Ipswich Transport Museum and the Ipswich Museum. And make sure Sutton Hoo, the famed royal burial site from Anglo-Saxon times, is on your list. If you fancy a leisurely stroll after a seaside lunch, then there are plenty of parks like Christchurch and Holywells Park.

So set sail for the watery wonderland of Ipswich and enjoy regal old buildings, fact-packed museums and sites of historic interest.