25% off in gift shop by train, bus or bike

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Visit The Hold car-free

Visit by bus for just £2 each way. Most buses in England are offering £2 Single Fares until 31st December 2024. Our journey planner will show you if your route is included, or you can find a full list of participating operators and routes here.

It’s quite easy to visit The Hold car-free.

The train station is an about 20-minute walk along the river.

Trains run to Ipswich from: London Liverpool Street (80 mins), Stratford International (75 mins), Shenfield (80 mins), Colchester (20 mins), Bury St Edmunds (30 mins), Norwich (40 mins) and other nearby towns.

Buses run to Ipswich from: Needham Market (30 mins), Stowmarket (45 mins), Felixstowe (45 mins) and other local towns, plus coaches from London.

Check out our recommended route (below) and then use our journey planner (above) for door-to-door train, bus and walking routes.

Offer: Enjoy a 25% discount (minimum spend of £5.00) in The Gift Shop at The Hold with a valid (date of arrival) train or bus ticket, bus pass or bike helmet.

For money-saving tips see our handy guides to trainsbuses and transport in Ipswich.

Greater Anglia Rail has a range of train ticket discounts and offers at events and attractions. When you travel by train, an Ipswich PlusBus tickets gives you unlimited travel around the city. Or, find the cheapest bus tickets for you from First Eastern Counties (buses 64, 65, 75, 77 and 88).

Scenic East Suffolk Lines bring you to Ipswich from seaside and country stations with nearby walks. You can listen to an audio tour of the branch from Felixstowe and an audio tour of the branch from Lowestoft.

Scenic Red bus 64 runs to Ipswich from Aldeburgh.

Cycle paths National Routes 1 and 51 and the Wolf Way pass almost outside. Plan your route here, and find out more about cycling in Ipswich.

Taxis can be booked ahead with Hawk Express Cabs – 01473222222 for the Ipswich train station taxi rank.

Here’s some information on access to attractions, buses and trains, and here’s some information on accessibility at The Hold.

Discover more offers and days out in Suffolk with Good Journey.

Find out more about the Ipswich bus and train network. If you live locally, learn about travel from Bourne View or Ridleys Orchard areas of Ipswich.

About The Hold

Located in Ipswich's Waterfront, The Hold is a fully accessible building that houses the majority of Suffolk's nationally and internationally significant archives.

Open to everyone, The Hold, offers not only archives-specific services in the search room, library, and education room but also state-of-the-art public facilities (including Changing Places) and teaching spaces for staff and students from the University of Suffolk. An exhibition gallery, café, gift shop and garden complete the visitor experience.

For any queries about visiting contact The Hold on 01473 296666 or archives@suffolk.gov.uk

Address: The Hold, 131 Fore Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1LR. Visit Website