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For centuries, the Ipswich Dock has played a vital role in the town’s economic success.

The docks sit on a bend in the River Orwell and have been in operation since at least the 8th century, in fact, when the wet dock area was constructed in 1842 it was the biggest enclosed dock in the UK.

The vision of the Victorian town fathers has produced a facility that is still important for commerce and now as an attraction for local people and tourists.

In 1997 the port was sold by Ipswich Ports Ltd to Associated British Ports and soon after new facilities were built, bringing about the first wave of the Waterfront regeneration.

The next wave came in 2000, when a £1.9m agribulk storage facility opened, new automated lock gates were installed and the 180-berth Ipswich Haven Marina opened – bringing the yachting fraternity to Ipswich.

The Old Custom House was refurbished and restored and new buildings began springing up along the quaysides and beyond, including The Salthouse Hotel – Ipswich’s only 4-star hotel, University Campus Suffolk, which opened in 2008, and controversial development The Mill, which is East Anglia’s tallest building.

The Jerwood DanceHouse brings an artistic touch to the Waterfront while Isaacs, The Waterfront Bistro, Aurora, The Last Anchor and Coffee Link all offer food, drink and entertainment.

There are regular events celebrating the past, present and future including the summer Maritime Festival.

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Tall Ships dock on the Ipswich waterfront on Thursday, 16 October for the Race of the Classics sailing race.

Video: Tall ships sail into Ipswich as part of annual Race of the Classics

Eyes turned towards Ipswich’s Waterfront today as an impressive fleet of tall ships sailed to the town’s shores as part of a challenge called the Race of the Classics.

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Emma Lloyd, owner of Marianna Boutique, in St Nicholas Street, Ipswich

Ipswich: Marianna Boutique marks decade of success in St Peter’s Street

An independent ladies’ boutique in Ipswich is celebrating 10 years of success.

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The former Quayside restaurant at Ipswich Waterfront has been acquired and the new owners plan to re-open it as part of a much larger restaurant

Video: Former Quayside restaurant to be part of Grand Central Bar & Grill

A new, £1.3 million American themed restaurant is coming to Ipswich Waterfront.

Read full story »

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Tall Ships dock on the Ipswich waterfront on Thursday, 16 October for the Race of the Classics sailing race.

Video: Tall ships sail into Ipswich as part of annual Race of the Classics

Eyes turned towards Ipswich’s Waterfront today as an impressive fleet of tall ships sailed to the town’s shores as part of a challenge called the Race of the Classics.

Read full story »

Emma Lloyd, owner of Marianna Boutique, in St Nicholas Street, Ipswich

Ipswich: Marianna Boutique marks decade of success in St Peter’s Street

An independent ladies’ boutique in Ipswich is celebrating 10 years of success.

Read full story »

The former Quayside restaurant at Ipswich Waterfront has been acquired and the new owners plan to re-open it as part of a much larger restaurant

Video: Former Quayside restaurant to be part of Grand Central Bar & Grill

A new, £1.3 million American themed restaurant is coming to Ipswich Waterfront.

Read full story »

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