Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk, England, poised on the estuary of the River Orwell, and home to “The Blues”, otherwise known as the Ipswich Town soccer team that is sometimes also called “The Tractor Boys”. . Expatriate fans of sports and leisure from around the world regularly debate the merits of soccer, or numerous other sports, for that matter, via the lively online expat community platform, InterNations. However, while the Tractor Boys may not (yet) have reached global fame, Ipswich is well known for the stunning Grade 1 listed building, Christchurch Mansion. Complete with Tudor kitchen, this mansion can offer various period rooms including a Victorian wing and a beautiful Georgian salon. Here, local and expats living in Ipswich as well as visitors come to admire the largest collection of works that exists outside of London by the English painters Constable and Gainsborough, and a superb array of glass, pottery and contemporary art. Right in the center of the downtown area is also the Ancient House on the corner of Buttermarket Street, acclaimed as a medieval masterpiece and said to be a hiding place used by King Charles II in 1651.
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Expatriates moving to Ipswich benefit from an extensive program of renovation and improvement and former industrial areas, particularly around the waterfront, are now being converted for residential and commercial purposes. Modern apartments, an iconic university and a heady mix of restaurants, bars and retail ensures that there are many opportunities for expats in Ipswich, particularly for artists and educators, as galleries and museums are abound. Those planning on relocating to Ipswich should check out the posts made by fellow expatriates on the forums available via the InterNations platform, where information and advice can often be had. InterNations is a meeting point for an international expatriate community and it can also be an invaluable resource for expatriates in Ipswich.
Although there is a strong tradition of industry related to agriculture – for example the manufacture of motorized lawnmowers began here in 1902 – the town's proximity to London and London Stansted Airport (it only takes one hour by road) means that expats living in Ipswich can easily socialize and network internationally, both on- as well as offline. Adastral Park, Ipswich’s science park, is also home to several international technology and science firms including Fujitsu and Cisco Systems Inc. Those new to working in a foreign country will especially benefit from an InterNations membership. Reading for example about the real-life experiences offered by seasoned expat workers who have made contributions to our Expat Magazine will give them an invaluable insight into the ups and downs of life abroad.