Things to do, places to eat

Neptune Marina boat owners, visitors and building residents enjoy being in the heart of the beautiful waterfront where cafés and restaurants line the quayside.

Just 300 metres off the Quayside in Fore Street you will find Chinese, Thai, Indian, Greek style restaurants and Ipswich’s oldest pub, the Spread Eagle, which dates back to 1510!

Just 10 minutes to the west of the Waterfront is the historic Saints area where you will find numerous independent boutique shops and restaurants. From here you can continue your stroll through Ipswich town centre where there are many more shops, historic buildings, restaurants and bars.

Also just off the Waterfront you will find Cardinal Park with an 11 screen cinema together with several wellknown national chain restaurant outlets and fast food.

Hire car facilities are less than 5 minutes’ walk from Neptune Marina – useful for discovering the wider, beautiful county of Suffolk.

We have a comprehensive tourist information desk in the marina office, and we have many recommendations of places you can visit whether your boat is resting at Neptune Marina and you want to give your crew a break or you are just settling into the building as a resident!

There are many things to do within a short stroll from Neptune Marina. Being in the heart of the beautiful waterfront there are numerous cafés, restaurants , shops and facilities nearby…. many on the quayside itself:

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Aqua Pharmacy

Located on Duke Street less than 5 minutes walk from Neptune Marina, the pharmacy offers a range of healthcare services you would expect plus a lot more including travel vaccinations and is a DPD parcel collection services.


Modern cuisine restaurant with beautiful views over the Ipswich Waterfront.


This stunning Tudor mansion boasts over 500 years of history. The Mansion is also one of the world’s most important collections of Constables together with several by another great Suffolk artist, Thomas Gainsborough.


Espresso bar with light bites, right next to the Neptune Marina office with fantastic views over Neptune Marina whether you choose to sit inside or outside. Coffeelink import and roast (in Ipswich) their own coffee beans from Fairtrade suppliers.


Freshly prepared teas, coffees and light food such as homemade soup, paninis, sandwiches and home made cakes.


Very contemporary with funky eclectic interior design. Straightforward priced light bites and eats with panoramic views over the waterfront and sunshine morning, noon and evening.


A unique museum offers the opportunity to meet the famous woolly mammoth, the elegant towering giraffe and other natural world curiosities. From the Iron Age to Romans and Saxons, experience fascinating insights into the town and surrounding area’s past and past civilisations across the globe.


Mini-supermarket adjacent to Neptune Marina, Lituanica specialises in Eastern European food. The shop offers quality produce including a wide selection of fresh, frozen and store cupboard staples, salamis, cheeses and home-style treats.


An historic traditional public house dating back to 1672 serving traditional pub grub.


On the ship ‘Amuda’, this restaurant provides quality French cuisine.


Offers simple brilliantly executed Mediterranean cuisine. Carefully chosen fresh marinated meats, fish and vegetables skewered then grilled over hot coals.


The town is blessed with many fine examples of mediaeval buildings, highlights being the high density of medieval churches, the Unitarian Meeting Hall; the buildings along Fore Street, Northgate Street, St Nicholas & St Peter’s Street, Silent Street and others.


This artfully designed 4* boutique Hotel and Restaurant in Suffolk reflects luxury and dazzles in the waterfront of Ipswich’s vibrant quayside at night.


Christchurch Park opened in 1895 and is home to Christchurch Mansion, it covers over 33 hectares of picturesque grounds right in the heart of the town and plays host to events throughout the year; Holywells Park (just 5 minutes walk from Neptune Marina) is a green hub for the community offering stunning trees and ponds over 28 hectares. The Park is a County Wildlife Site, a Conservation Area with two listed buildings (the Stable Block and Conservatory) and is on the English Heritage Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest.


Newsagents & general store (Duke St) adjacent to Neptune Marina.


Dance East - the contemporary theatre on the Waterfront; The New Wolsey Theatre - off West End shows and entertainment; The Regent - live entertainment and international touring acts.


Very popular and busy restaurant overlooking Neptune Marina.


Smokehouse and bar specialising in natural food and specialist meats adjacent to Neptune Marina.


Breakfast, coffee, lunch and afternoon tea overlooking the idyllic waterfront. Carefully sourced Italian coffee, freshly cooked deli treats, wine, tapas & weekend brunch.


The philosophy behind The Waterfront Bar Bistro is one of a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, a place to meet and eat some great food.


With plenty of choice of food and drink products, just 5 minutes walk away. Ideal for victualing your boat.


Serving noodles and Chinese food just 1 minute’s walk off the Quayside.

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