Life in Ipswich

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Life in Ipswich

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Life in Ipswich

Life in Ipswich

Is Ipswich a good place to live?

Yes, Ipswich is a great place to live or visit.  Below our guide to Ipswich will give you all the information you need to make moving here easier or make your trip a more informed and enjoyable one.

Visas required to live in Ipswich

If you happen to be a citizen from a country other than Australia and are looking to move to Ipswich, you are going to need a visa to do so.  Australia has many visas on offer that could allow you to live and work in Ipswich.  Due to there being many different visas, each with it’s own rights and obligations, it is best to take our Free Visa Assessment so we can provide accurate advice on the visa options available to you in your specific circumstances.


If you are moving to Ipswich and want to find a job in Ipswich we have a guide specifically on how to find and apply for jobs in Ipswich for new arrivals.  Always make sure you have secured a visa that allows you to work before starting your new job.

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Weather in Ipswich


Ipswich is a port town and borough in Suffolk, England, of which it is the county town. The town is located in East Anglia about 16km (10mi) away from the mouth of the River Orwell and the North Sea. Ipswich is both on the Great Eastern Main Line railway and the A12 road; it is 108km (67mi) north-east of London, 72km (45mi) east-southeast of Cambridge and 64km (40mi) south of Norwich. Ipswich is surrounded by two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB): Suffolk Coast and Heaths and Dedham Vale.

Ipswich’s modern name is derived from the medieval name Gippeswic, probably taken either from an Anglo-Saxon personal name or from an earlier name given to the Orwell Estuary (although unrelated to the name of the River Gipping). It has also been known as Gyppewicus and Yppswyche. The town has been continuously occupied since the Saxon period, and is contested to be one of the oldest towns in the United Kingdom. Ipswich was a settlement of great economic importance to England throughout its history, particularly in trade. The town’s historical dock, present-day Ipswich Waterfront, was known as the largest and most important dock in the kingdom. In terms of its population, Ipswich is also the third-largest settlement in East Anglia (after Norwich and Peterborough)

Ipswich’s urban development overspills from the boundary of the town and borough significantly, with 75% of the town’s population living within the borough at the time of the 2011 Census, when it was the fourth-largest urban area in the United Kingdom’s East of England region, and the 42nd-largest urban area in England and Wales. In 2011, the town of Ipswich was found to have a population of 133,384, while the Ipswich Built-up area was estimated to have a population of 178,835 which extends from the town of Ipswich to Kesgrave, Woodbridge, Bramford and Martlesham Heath.

The town is divided into various quarters, with central and the waterfront drawing the most footfall. Central is home to the town’s retail shopping and the historic town square, the Cornhill. The waterfront is located south of the town centre on the bend of the River Orwell and is a picturesque setting housing the town’s impressive marina. The waterfront was historically an industrial port but has since been transformed into a trendy area lined with high-rise apartment buildings, restaurants, bars and cafés. The waterfront is also home to one of the UK’s newest universities, the University of Suffolk, which was formed in 2016.

Ipswich has become a tourist hotspot in the UK with 3.5 million people reported to have visited the county town in 2016. In 2020, Ipswich was ranked as an emerging global tourist destination by TripAdvisor. Ipswich was voted as the 7th most desirable place to live and work in England by the Royal Mail in 2017. In 2007, Ipswich was awarded the cleanest town award and, in 2015, Ipswich was rated as the third happiest place to live in the UK.

Hotels and Accommodation in Ipswich

There are all types of accommodation available in Ipswich.  The best place to find Hotels, serviced apartments or holiday lets is via Book Direct and Save

This website lists the exact same properties as Airbnb and but does not charge the high commissions so their nightly accommodation rates are cheaper.

Or contact any of these great local hotels, apartments or holiday accommodation businesses.

Briar Barn Inn
37 reviews
Hotels, Venues & Event Spaces
101 Main St, Rowley, MA 01969
KAEDE Bed & Breakfast
12 reviews
Hotels, Bed & Breakfast
16 N Main St, Ipswich, MA 01938
Rogers and Brown House Bed and Breakfast
4 reviews
Bed & Breakfast
83 County Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938
Sohocats Luxury Feline Hotel
14 reviews
Pet Boarding
100 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915

Ipswich is full of great businesses and helpful services. Below are a selection of our best.

Accountants in Ipswich


Richard Hassey, CPA
1 review
Accountants, Business Consulting, Tax Services
15 Court Sq, Ste 540, Boston, MA 02108
Phil Ganz – Movement Mortgage
66 reviews
Mortgage Lenders
3301 N University Dr, Ste 420, Coral Springs, FL 33065
Protecting Your Assets
5 reviews
Wills, Trusts, & Probates, Elder Law
220 Broadway, Ste 404, Lynnfield, MA 01940
North Shore Details
1 review
Auto Detailing, Car Wash, Boat Repair
Malden, MA 02148
Webfix Studio
2 reviews
Web Design, Graphic Design, Software Development
129 Newbury St, Ste 400, Boston, MA 02116

Banks in Ipswich


Bank of America Financial Center
4 reviews
Banks & Credit Unions
165 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915
Align Credit Union
3 reviews
Banks & Credit Unions
19 Haverhill Rd, Amesbury, MA 01913
Century Bank
2 reviews
Banks & Credit Unions
2 State St, Lynn, MA 01901
North Shore Bank
1 review
Banks & Credit Unions
29 South Main St, Newton, NH 03858
Santander Bank
2 reviews
Banks & Credit Unions
71 Main St, Andover, MA 01810


Cafes in Ipswich


Sandpiper Bakery
48 reviews
Bakeries, Coffee & Tea, Sandwiches
29 North Main St, Ipswich, MA 01938


Carpet Cleaners in Ipswich


M&M Cleaning Services
7 reviews
Carpet Cleaning, Office Cleaning
Newburyport, MA 01950
Elite Solutions
1 review
Office Cleaning, Home Cleaning, Carpet Cleaning
Rowley, MA 01969
GS Family Cleaning Services
15 reviews
Home Cleaning, Window Washing, Carpet Cleaning
Peabody, MA 01960
Duraclean Master Cleaners
56 reviews
Carpet Cleaning
91 Maple St, Ste 4, Lowell, MA 01852
Clean Pro
6 reviews
Carpet Cleaning, Damage Restoration, Air Duct Cleaning
18 Sargent St, Gloucester, MA 01930

Dentists in Ipswich


Sorrento Dental
11 reviews
General Dentistry
130 County Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938
J Peter St Clair, DMD
4 reviews
General Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentists
151 Central St, Rowley, MA 01969
Lisa J. Murray, DMD
3 reviews
General Dentistry, Periodontists, Cosmetic Dentists
34 Railroad Ave, South Hamilton, MA 01982
McAllister Peter A Dent
1 review
General Dentistry
13 S Main St, Topsfield, MA 01983
Boxford & Topsfield Dental Care
4 reviews
General Dentistry
16 S Main St, Topsfield, MA 01983


Doctors and Medical clinics in Ipswich


You can make an appointment at any of these local doctors or clinics.

Oman Timothy R Phys
1 review
Family Practice
42 Asbury St, South Hamilton, MA 01982
Patton Park Medical Center
1 review
Medical Centers
42 Asbury St, Hamilton, MA 01982
Ting Andrew J MD
2 reviews
Family Practice
South Hamilton, MA 01982
Healing Point Therapeutics
46 reviews
Acupuncture, Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy, Naturopathic/Holistic
365 Boston Post Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776


Contact one of the Ipswich Electricians below


Upwire Electric
7 reviews
Electricians, Security Systems, Lighting Fixtures & Equipment
1 Cobblers Ln, Ipswich, MA 01938
Kuhlman Electrical Services
56 reviews
Electricians, Lighting Fixtures & Equipment, Generator Installation/Repair
313 Eastern Ave, Lynn, MA 01902
Integrity Electrical Services
14 reviews
Electricians, Lighting Fixtures & Equipment, Generator Installation/Repair
20 Fairview Ave, Wilmington, MA 01887
Steven M Parker Electric
5 reviews
Haverhill, MA 01830
Morse Electric
4 reviews
577 Wethersfield St, Rowley, MA 01969


Hospitals in Ipswich


Beverly Hospital
1 review
Optometrists, Hospitals, Ophthalmologists
75 Lindall St, Danvers, MA 01923
North Shore Birth Center
17 reviews
Hospitals, Obstetricians & Gynecologists, Midwives
85 Herrick St, On the Campus of Beverly Hospital, Beverly, MA 01915
Danvers State Hospital
1 review
450 Maple St, Danvers, MA 01923
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
1 review
Internal Medicine, Medical Centers
24 Hartwell Ave, Fl 2, Lexington, MA 02420


Mechanics in Ipswich


Skillman Services
15 reviews
Towing, Auto Repair, Oil Change Stations
20 S Main St, Ipswich, MA 01938
Johns Auto and Tire
8 reviews
Auto Repair, Tires, Wheel & Rim Repair
49 Central St, Ipswich, MA 01938
Cousins Automotive
8 reviews
Auto Repair, Auto Customization, Oil Change Stations
9 Safford St, Ipswich, MA 01938
Martel’s Automotive Service
6 reviews
Auto Repair
7 Brown St, Ipswich, MA 01938
Arvo’s Ipswich Mobil
1 review
Auto Repair
22 Topsfield Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938

Newspapers in Ipswich


Alewife News
3 reviews
Newspapers & Magazines
5 Cambridgepark Dr, Cambridge, MA 02140
Common Town
1 review
Print Media
77 Wethersfield St, Rowley, MA 01969
North Reading Transcript
1 review
Print Media
7 Bow St, Ste 2, North Reading, MA 01864
Revere Journal
1 review
Print Media
385 Broadway, Revere, MA 02151
Whip’s Wheels Magazine
4 reviews
Print Media
Salem, NH 03079



Pest Control in Ipswich


Ropes Pest Control
1 review
Pest Control
140 School St, South Hamilton, MA 01982
Biggins Exterminating Company
88 reviews
Pest Control
45 Brand Ave, Wilmington, MA 01887
Advantage Pest Control
3 reviews
Pest Control
76 Summer St, Manchester, MA 01944
Mosquito Enemy
6 reviews
Pest Control
334 Main St, West Newbury, MA 01985
Bugzilla Eco Pest Control
10 reviews
Pest Control, Wildlife Control
Rockport, MA 01966



Plumbers in Ipswich


Ipswich Plumbing & Heating
3 reviews
Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning/HVAC
78 Newburyport Turnpike Rd, Ste 78H, Ipswich, MA 01938
Calzini Plumbing and Heating
2 reviews
Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning/HVAC
10 Cleveland Ave, Ipswich, MA 01938
A W Dale Plumbing & Heating
3 reviews
Plumbing, Water Heater Installation/Repair, Water Purification Services
300 Main St, Ste 12, Wenham, MA 01984
J. M. Puopolo Plumbing & Heating
9 reviews
Haverhill, MA 01830
PHD Plumbing & HVAC
5 reviews
Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning/HVAC, Water Heater Installation/Repair
Bradford, MA 01835


Real Estate Agents in Ipswich 


Buyers Brokers Only
170 reviews
Real Estate Agents, Real Estate Services
Boston, MA 02108
Elizabeth Bain – Commonwealth Standard Realty
17 reviews
Real Estate Agents
376 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127
Vincent Forzese – RE/MAX On the River
1 review
Real Estate Agents
11 Market Square, Newburyport, MA 01950
John & Cindy Farrell – Coldwell Banker
7 reviews
Real Estate Agents
50 Dodge St, Ste 105, Beverly, MA 01915
Alissa Christie – Bentley’s Real Estate
3 reviews
Real Estate Agents, Legal Services
2A Winter St, Newburyport, MA 01950


Restaurants in Ipswich


Ripple on the water
27 reviews
American (New), Seafood, Wine Bars
74 Main St, Essex, MA 01929
Sandpiper Bakery
48 reviews
Bakeries, Coffee & Tea, Sandwiches
29 North Main St, Ipswich, MA 01938
Rusty Can
417 reviews
Barbeque, Sandwiches, Bars
6 Fruit St, Byfield, MA 01922
Riverview Restaurant
176 reviews
Pizza, Cocktail Bars
20 Estes St, Ipswich, MA 01938
Jules’ Kitchen
30 reviews
Breakfast & Brunch, Sandwiches, Salad
326 High St, Ipswich, MA 01938

Schools in Ipswich


Clark School
1 review
Middle Schools & High Schools, Elementary Schools, Art Schools
14 Forest Ridge Dr, Rowley, MA 01969
Hamilton Wenham Public PreSchool
1 review
325 Bay Rd, South Hamilton, MA 01982
Upholstery on Broadway
34 reviews
Furniture Reupholstery, Specialty Schools, Home Decor
205 A Broadway, Arlington, MA 02474
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
3 reviews
Religious Schools
130 Essex St, South Hamilton, MA 01982
Curious Soul Photo School
1 review
Walking Tours, Photography Classes
551 Tremont St, Boston Center For The Arts, Boston, MA 02116


Solicitors in Ipswich



Supermarkets in Ipswich 


Marini Farm
36 reviews
Christmas Trees, Farmers Market, Attraction Farms
259 Linebrook Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938
Ipswich Butcher Bros
14 reviews
195 High St, Ste E, Ipswich, MA 01938


Vets in Ipswich 


Rowley Animal Hospital
4 reviews
Veterinarians, Pet Boarding
46 Leslie Rd, Rowley, MA 01969
Putnam Veterinary Clinic
26 reviews
374 Boston St, Topsfield, MA 01983
Muddy Creek Animal Care Center
22 reviews
Veterinarians, Pet Sitting, Pet Groomers
993 Haverhill Street, Rowley, MA 01969
Animal Care
7 reviews
Veterinarians, Pet Sitting
261 Topsfield Rd, Ipswich, MA 01938
Parrott Equine Associates
3 reviews
1 Winthrop St, South Hamilton, MA 01982


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