From wild Breckland to sweeping coastline, there’s much to explore just beyond this maritime city.
Old town charm meets modern culture in this ancient city, but after a day’s urban exploration it’s well worth travelling beyond Ipswich’s bustling centre to experience quintessential British camping. Whether you want to pitch up on a farm in the borough’s suburbs or make your base further afield, you have plenty of options not far from Suffolk’s county town, with highlights including the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB, Broads National Park, and Breckland Special Protected Area.
What Ipswich’s urban landscape lacks in camping opportunities, its scenic surrounds more than make up for. Satellite towns such as Woodbridge, Stowmarket, and Saxmundham offer all manner of camping facilities, including caravan parks, riverside pitches, and luxury glamping, as well as direct train access to the city centre.
Encompassing 50 miles (80 km) of rugged coastline, this Area of Outstanding Beauty is around a half-hour drive or twenty-minute train ride from Ipswich. Holiday parks punctuate the seaside villages, windswept beaches, and wildlife reserves that line the coast, and opportunities for outdoor adventures abound, including surfing, hiking, and biking.
About an hour’s drive north of Ipswich, this expansive wilderness is best known for its coniferous wood, sandy heath, and dry climate—making it a popular spot for wildlife and its watchers, as well as hikers and mountain bikers. The gateway towns of Brandon or Thetford can be reached by train in around 90 minutes.
Made up of around 120 miles (200 km) of waterways, this protected network is a great location for campers who like to keep on the move. Simply rent a boat in Norwich, Lowestoft, or Great Yarmouth chuck in your gear, and set off on your adventure, taking advantage of riverside campsites and pub gardens along the way.
Spring and summer are particularly busy times of year across Suffolk, so if you’re keen to beat the crowds consider an autumn or winter visit, when you’ll be rewarded with atmospheric skies, bird migrations, and cosy pub lunches.