Ipswich is England’s oldest continuously settled Anglo-Saxon town. It has a long and proud history dating back more than 1,500 years. The town was awarded its Royal Charter by King John in 1200 and for centuries Ipswich was a major port and built fighting ships for the Crown. The town enjoys a stunning surrounding countryside and many historic buildings representing 800 years of heritage line the streets and include twelve medieval churches, the Unitarian Meeting House, Wolsey’s Gate and the Ancient House. Stroll along its historic Waterfront and enjoy a leisurely drink or meal while soaking up the unique atmosphere.