What’s available in Ipswich town centre
With the main part of the town now pedestrianised, and Queen Street nearing completion Ipswich will soon be a great place to visit and not only for the shopping.
The central shopping area is a pedestrianised walk stretching from Westgate Street through to Tavern Street and includes many High Street names from Monsoon, Primark and Marks & Spencer to H & M and Accessorise as well as some independent stores. Central to the pedestrianised area is the newly-revamped shopping mall, Sailmakers, containing River Island, Top Shop, Boots, the Perfume Shop to name just a few.
There is a growing variety of independent small retailers selling antiques, clothes and jewellery in St Peter’s Street, in the lanes off the Buttermarket and partially under cover in the lanes of The Walk.
Cut through the Walk to the Buttermarket street, for more names including White Stuff, Fat Face, three bookshops, jewellers, shoe shops and places to meet for lunch.
Work on the Buttermarket Centre itself is now nearing completion with a number of places to eat and drink already open, a gym and cinema soon to follow, and the parking space below the Centre re-surfaced and now fitted with new payment machines.
In fact, the town is blessed with a huge range of places for a drink, snack or a meal, all in or within walking distance of the centre. St Nicholas Street, which joins St Peter’s Street to Falcon Street, is a good example.
One of the delights of the town centre is the hidden and unusual things you can find. For example, those who have a passion for arts and crafts should take a look at Craftability at 4 St Lawrence Street, one of the lanes leading from the Buttermarket. You’ll find all you need for everything from furnishing a doll’s house, to making your own jewellery, soft toys, you name it.
The Corn Hill, on one side of which is Ipswich Town Hall, is the location for a well-used open air market on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
But Ipswich town centre is not only about shopping or eating out. The Wolsey Theatre is easy to get to from either Westgate Street or Civic Drive, and the Ipswich Regent, a former Cinema that was refurbished some years ago for live shows is at the other end of the town centre.
Meeting friends for some retail therapy, perhaps a bite to eat, a drink and – eventually taking in a film? It’s all possible in the centre of Ipswich.