Ipswich is the county town of Suffolk. Ipswich resides on the estuary of the river Orwell in the East of England. It has a population of over 128,000 people.
The famous British author Charles Dickens has connections with the town of Ipswich. Dickens stayed in the town in 1835 and used Ipswich to set scenes within his novel, The Pickwick Papers, which includes vast descriptions of the hotel he stayed in within Ipswich. The town's famous residents also include the renowned painter Thomas Gainsborough who lived and worked within Ipswich.
Ipswich has undergone much regeneration, especially around the waterfront area within the town, which has seen the creation of large residential developments. The influx of new housing within the town assists residents who may wish to commute out of Ipswich for work in the capital. The waterfront area also has leisure facilities and a park nearby. The area surrounding the park and dockland, Holywells, was famously painted by Gainsborough.
The dockland in Ipswich is home to shipbuilding companies such as Fairline boats, which provide employment opportunities within the town. The port in Ipswich also provides jobs, and is still fully operational. There are also job opportunities within the science and technology sectors, as Ipswich has its own science park.
Ipswich has a large art scene and has many art galleries. There are also two museums within Ipswich; the Ipswich museum and the Ipswich transport museum. Ipswich is a cultural hub for the surrounding areas and points of interest include its specialised dance facility, DanceEast, and the annual arts festival which has been run since 1991.