Ipswich named as one of the world's top emerging destinations.

This may come as a surprise to some of you, but Ipswich Town has been named among the world’s top emerging destinations according to TripAdvisor! The information is collated by the number of searches by its users for destinations globally. Ipswich has claimed 14th spot and is sitting among the world’s elite cities and countries. It is a new category that Trip Advisor have introduced and it pulls together year-on-year increases in searches and positive reviews.

But how did it get to be in the top 20? Rumour has it that it’s down to the most famous thing to come out of Suffolk. And no, it’s not Ipswich Town Football Club. Ed Sheeran could be the reason for the surge in people searching for Ipswich and Suffolk. The singer was born and bred in nearby Framlingham. It is his childhood home that is said to be the inspiration for his hit single, ‘Castle on the hill’.

Are we surprised at this entry? Perhaps. However, as a local estate agents in Ipswich, we are aware of the charm the town has and its surrounding villages. As development occurs, the town is becoming more modernised but still holds on to the cultural side and tourist appeal. The town is growing and the fact that the county has produced a global superstar is something that should be celebrated.

Ipswich held off competition from the likes of Tangier in Morocco, Antwerp in Belgium and even Darwin in Australia! It is truly incredible that a small Suffolk town is holding up the UK on its own and is among some truly interesting and exotic destinations. 

There is a Made in Suffolk exhibition about Ed Sheeran at Christchurch Mansion and this has increased tourism to the area. You can find out more by reading our new ‘what’s on’ guide for March. We highly recommend you visit.

Palmer and Partners is an Ipswich estate agents, with branches in Colchester, Sudbury and Clacton. We’re extremely proud to be connected with this amazing town and our pride shines through in our day to day business. Our expert team are extremely knowledgable about the area and will be able to advise and guide you in the sale of your home, buying a new one and moving to the area. If you’re looking to sell your property, get in touch today to book your free valuation and discover what we currently have on the market.