Posted on 12th October 2021

Things to do in Suffolk

If you’re staying in AXO Suffolk you’ve got Ipswich waterfront at your doorstep and you’re a few minutes away from the beautiful Ipswich Haven Marina. It’s a great spot to live during your studies and we promise you, it gets better!

Ipswich may only be a small town but the things it offers go above and beyond. Here are some of the main attractions in Suffolk.

Ipswich Haven Marina

This beautiful Ipswich Marina has been named “the star attraction of the East Coast” by its regular visitors. Aside from its amazing view, Haven Marina offers places to eat, a shopping centre and a cinema! This means there’s plenty to do and lots of fun to have!

Ipswich Haven Marina is a 12-minute walk from AXO Suffolk

Retail / Farmers’ Markets

Now, do we not all love a good farmers’ market? In recent years, consumers’ desire to shop at farmers’ markets instead of big supermarkets has grown. People are more interested in supporting smaller sellers and even making a fun day out of visiting them!

Which category do you fall in? Do you enjoy a good farmers’ market or is the high street still your best friend? Don’t worry, in Suffolk, you can find the best of both!


Sailmakers is the hotspot for shopping in Suffolk. With more than twenty high street retail stores to visit, you won’t be getting bored here anytime soon!

Sailmakers is a 19-minute bus ride from AXO Suffolk

Ipswich Market

Ipswich Market has over thirty stalls of different products. They range from clothes, food and veg, fresh flowers and plants. There’s something for everyone there, plus it means you’ll be supporting small businesses and getting to know the locals who have been there from the very beginning and continue to add to the foundations and culture of this wonderful town!

Ipswich Market is an 11-minute walk from AXO Suffolk

Bury St Edmunds Market

A variety of stalls showcasing the best of Suffolk’s small businesses! Regular visitors have reviewed it as a great place to grab a bargain, and who loves a good bargain more than students?!

Bury St Edmunds Market is a little further out, that’s why we think it’s perfect for a day trip! Grab your mates and check out what Bury St Edmunds is really about.

Bury St Edmunds Market is an hour away from AXO Suffolk

Arc Shopping Centre

While you’re in Bury St Edmunds, you might as well visit Arc!

There are a few more options here in comparison to Sailmakers, their stores include H&M, Superdry, Wagamama, Smiggle, New Look, Nandos, JD and many more.

Arc Shopping Centre is a 1-hour 10-minute journey from AXO Suffolk

Food and drink 

Takayama Restaurant

Takayama Restaurant has been serving its customers Japanese and Korean cuisine since 2017!  Since opening, they’ve made their menu even bigger! They now serve vegan options, Bento Boxes and often have discount codes for you to get more for your money!

Takayama Restaurant is a 3-minute walk from AXO Suffolk

Biitro on the Quay

Visit Bistro on the Quay to enjoy their beautiful interior decoration, from acrylic paintings to silhouette drawings, Bistro loves to feature local artists! It’s the perfect place for date nights, for you to wine and dine with your partner on special occasions.

Bistro on the Quay is a 4-minute walk from AXO Suffolk

The Forge Kitchen

Hurry! They serve lunch for under £10 between Wednesday to Friday. Brunch on weekends and roast dinner every Sunday after 1 pm. Do we need to repeat ourselves? Get yourself to the Forge Kitchen ASAP!

The Forge Kitchen is a 4-minute walk from AXO Suffolk

Cosy Club

The great thing about Cosy Club is the wide variety of menu’s they offer. You’ve got the option of gluten-free, vegan, breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner menus! If you’re in a big friendship group with different taste buds and diet requirements, it’s perfect for you all! Plus, a great excuse to grab new friends, flatmates and neighbours to try out the menu!

Cosy Club is a 10-minute walk from AXO Suffolk


Christchurch Park

We always recommend a good stroll around the park after a few hours of lectures. Nature is proven to help boost mental health and a walk is always good for your physical health! Christchurch Park offers a large pond, pathways and a museum!

Christchurch Park is a 17-minute walk from AXO Suffolk

Holywells Park

This picturesque park is home to County Wildlife Site, a Conservation Area and The Stables Café which is open every day from 10 am to 4:30 pm.

Holywells Park is a 15-minute walk from AXO Suffolk


Ipswich Museum

Did you know that Ipswich Museum has over 200,000 documents and artefacts from the Natural Science collections? This Museum is a literal time travel machine! Which era are you visiting?

Ipswich Museum is a 17-minute walk from AXO Suffolk

Ipswich Transport Museum

Ipswich Transport Museum has had its doors open since 1936. Since then, museum fanatics have enjoyed exhibitions covering 200 years of transport and engineering heritage. Studying history of engineering degree? Get yourself down there!

Ipswich Transport Museum is a 17-minute journey from AXO Suffolk

Ipswich town isn’t just any ordinary place to be studying in! It’s a town with rich history, a beautiful marina and park with a friendly environment for students to feel at home in. Just a few weeks into staying at our student accommodation in Ipswich and you’ll make a lot of new friends and get to know the community!