English Tourism Week began on 17 March and runs until 25 March this year. Why not take the opportunity to visit some attractions around the local area in your spare time? It’s surprising how much Ipswich has to offer!
1. If you’re not from the area, have a look around the museums around Ipswich. Enjoy Natural History? Make sure you check out Ipswich Museum. Or spend a couple of hours at the Transport Museum. And if you’re a history student, Christchurch Mansion is the one for you; it’s 500 years old with Tudor, Georgian, and Victorian exhibits. All of these are free, and can give you some great information about the local area.
2. This one is more for those who enjoy a walk or a bike ride. Pipers Vale is a nature reserve right next to the Orwell River. If we get some nice weather (we live in hope!), I’m sure you’d love to take a look, and explore the local countryside. There’s lots of other places in and around the Ipswich area that you can visit for a weekend walk with your friends. Walking in Suffolk has some maps and routes for you to try out over your time at university.
3. If you’re looking for a place to relax and unwind, go to some of the local parks. Holywells Park is a 5 minute walk from the University, or if you want somewhere a big bigger, go along to Christchurch Park, which has ponds, gardens, and open green spaces to sit with your friends. And you can combine it with a trip to Christchurch Mansion!
4. Have you ever tried doing an Escape Room? These are great for team building, getting to know people and just having fun with your friends. Get ready to solve a challenging mystery with a few clues to get out of the locked room! There are a couple of places in Ipswich that do Escape Rooms, and it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience!
While you’re at uni, it’s really important to get to know the area that you’re living in, whether you’re in your first year or final year. It's easy to stick to what you know, so why not try exploring some more?
Visiting these places will give you a couple of hours to relax after a long assignment’s been submitted or after a difficult week in lectures.