Ipswich has been shortlisted as one of the most depressing places to live in the UK by a scathing town review site called ILiveHere.com.

The website has compiled a list of 153 of the most "bland, boring and soul-destroying" places across the country, from which people vote for their most depressing winner. 

However, Ipswich and Lowestoft are the only Suffolk towns to make the list.

At the Ipswich Star, we believe that Suffolk's main town has many redeeming qualities and shouldn't be on the shortlist.

Here is why:

Bars and restaurants at the Waterfront

Ipswich Star: The bars and restaurants on the Waterfront are a hive of activityThe bars and restaurants on the Waterfront are a hive of activity (Image: Sarah Lucy Brown)

One of Ipswich's most iconic spots is the Waterfront and marina.

Visitors to the area can enjoy a glass of wine or a pint of beer while watching the small boats and superyachts moving around the water. 

From The Salthouse Harbour Hotel to the Last Anchor, there is plenty of choice when it comes to places to eat.

Independent cafés and shops

Ipswich Star: St Peters Street is full of independent cafes and shopsSt Peters Street is full of independent cafes and shops (Image: Newsquest)

St Peter's Street is the place to go in Suffolk for the biggest choice of independent cafés and shops.

Applaud is the place to go for a cup of coffee and a slice of cake, whereas Shop Loveone is the place for all your gifting needs.

Picturesque and peaceful parks

Ipswich Star: Christchurch Park is a peaceful spot for a walk and a picnicChristchurch Park is a peaceful spot for a walk and a picnic (Image: Sarah Lucy Brown)

Christchurch Park is one of the largest parks in Ipswich and a hub for wildlife spotting, with terrapins and otters seen in the park's pond.

Chantry Park, Holywells Park, Alexandra Park and Bourne Park are some of the bigger green areas, but Ipswich is full of stretches of peaceful spaces to while away a few hours.

Bustling theatres with top shows

Ipswich Star: Ipswich has several theatres that host top comedians a popular West End showsIpswich has several theatres that host top comedians a popular West End shows (Image: Google)

There are numerous theatres in Ipswich, including the Regent, Corn Exchange and the New Wolsey Theatre. 

Top comedians including Romesh Ranganathan and Frank Skinner will be walking the boards of the Ipswich stages this year, as well as West End shows The Woman in Black and Grease.

Impressive architecture

Ipswich Star: The Willis building is some of the most striking architecture in IpswichThe Willis building is some of the most striking architecture in Ipswich (Image: Newsquest)

The Willis Building was finished in 1975 and is widely considered a landmark in the development of the 'high tech' architectural style. 

Ipswich is also home to The Orwell Bridge, an iconic structure, and Christchurch Mansion.

ILivehere.com? We can't help wondering if they have ever actually been here.