Ipswich Tourist Information Centre
I recommend visiting the Ipswich Tourist Information Centre first. Its in one of the 13 medieval churches dotting Ipswich. They had lots of local items for sale, plus an incredibly nice staff that helped my plan my trip around town. Also free maps!
I went to the Ipswich Museum. They have an amazing Victorian Era taxidermy collection, Saxon Kings exhibit, and a replica Egyptian tomb. Plus much more, I spent a few hours there with a few other patrons.
Also, I stopped by Christchurch Mansion and took a fantastic self-guided tour. This also had an art exhibit of several famous local painters John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough . For more info on John Constable, visit Artsy. This mansion was amazing, it had several rooms set up in different eras, which was really neat. Also, I felt a little fancy walking around the place.
Throughout the trip I got to walk by and explore several of the medieval churches. I didn't get a chance to visit them all, but I did take time to explore which ones I could.
St. Mary-le-Tower, renovated in the 1800's and an active church, had its doors open to all visitors. I was able to spend an hour in almost complete solitude. A very moving, and peaceful experience.
Until next time,