If you’re thinking “Wow! What an amazing festival line up, but how do I get to Ipswich? When do trains leave Ipswich? What is Ipswich?!” Look no further as we explore routes to Ipswich and places to stay that’ll suit all budgets!
How to get here
Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk, home of Cardinal Wolsey, Ipswich Town Football Club, 100’s of acres of green space and so much more! It’s the Glasgow to Norwich’s Edinburgh. Sometimes looked down upon by people outside of the county and some inside too, we’re fiercely proud of our vibrant multi-cultural town and we’re determined to put Ipswich back on the map for touring bands. Soon the mutterings of ‘I remember seeing Hendrix at the Gaumont’ will be a distant memory and people will be saying, ‘Did you see Novelist and The Murder Capital last week?!’ Amazing! So now we’ve got that off our chests, let’s explore how easy it is to get here!
Ipswich is just over 60 minutes from London Liverpool Street and tickets can be pre-booked at present (4th Sept) for only £20 return! Norwich and Cambridge are under an hour by train so there’s no excuse not to use public transport.
The town centre is 15 minutes walk from the train station, or there is a row of taxis out the front that will take you to the Corn Exchange to collect your wristbands.
Ipswich is also accessible by road! Really, it is! We don’t have motorways in Suffolk however, there’s a really handy road called the A12, via which Ipswich lies just 60mins from Junction 28 on the M25, 45 mins from Chelmsford and 25 mins from Colchester. We also have the A14! This is a pretty handy road too. You can easily traverse horizontally across the UK from near Rugby to Ipswich or closer to home, from Felixstowe!
Ipswich has car parks, some say the car parks are the jewel in Ipswich’s crown! There are plenty and in all areas of the town depending on where you wish to locate. Bear in mind that wristband collection is in the town centre.
Here’s some links to Ipswich car parks, there are some 24 hour ones so have a good root around! Of course, your hotel may have some parking too and with insider knowledge you could find some free parking too.
How to get back!?!
Trains and buses may not get you back if you want to keep rocking until 1.30am so you’ll need to do a bit of forward planning! You can jump in a cab!! Using Hawk Express you can get back to Woodbridge, Felixstowe, Stowmarket and Bury St Eds (other towns and villages are available) for a reasonable fee, especially if you pre-book your taxi and share the ride with your friends! Call 01473 222222 to find out rates. If you can’t travel back, why not stay and take in some of the sights. Get onto hotels ASAP as prices will rise and think about strolling away your post festival blues around Christchurch Park (other parks in Ipswich are super too) on the Saturday, check out the museum, Portuguese coffee shops, craft beer pubs and off licences, trinket shops, waterfront and many other super places!
Where to stay
Why not spend the night so you can see all of the bands you can? There’s no point getting the last train home at 10.30pm or hitting the roads late at night. Travel back on the Saturday or spend the weekend and explore the Suffolk countryside and coastline! Skip to Woodbridge, Aldeburgh and Southwold, it’s all there for the taking!
Here’s our very quick guide of where to stay:
NOVOTEL (FROM £53) The official SCI hotel! Quote ‘Sound City Ipswich’ for a discounted rate! Super comfy fun-times.
EASY HOTEL (FROM £25 book well in advance)
PENTA HOTEL (FROM £54)
PREMIER INN (FROM £48)
TRAVEL LODGE (FROM £35)
So, why not come down and enjoy what Ipswich and Suffolk have to offer. Take your time, enjoy the weekend and explore!