How to reach us

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

Telephone: 01473 296666

Email: [email protected]


Opening Times

For the latest on our opening times and access please read our Coronavirus update.

Access to view our local studies and archives are by appointment and on set days – more information and how you can book can be found here – Appointments

For information about our holiday openings please click here – Holiday opening hours


By foot

The Hold is a 10-15 minute walk from Ipswich town centre. Cycle parking is available on site.

By bus

The nearest bus stop is on Grimwade Street, which is served by buses 1, 2, 3, 4, 60, 60A, 60E, and HK616.

Old Cattle Market and Tower Ramparts, Ipswich’s main bus stations, are 12 and 16 minutes’ walk to The Hold respectively.

The Martlesham and London Road Park and Ride buses stop at Major’s Corner, 10 minutes’ walk from The Hold;
Martlesham also stops at Dove Street , which is 5 minutes’ walk from The Hold.

Please visit for full details of bus services and any current changes.

By train

The Hold is a one mile walk from Ipswich Station, following these directions:

After exiting the train station, follow Prince’s Street over the bridge;
Turn right onto Commercial Road, which merges with Grafton Way;
Cross the road at Bridge Street and go straight on, onto St Peter’s Dock;
Leave St Peter’s Dock and walk straight on along the waterfront until you reach the University of Suffolk’s Waterfront Building;
Turn left and cross the road, and you will be directly in front of The Hold.

By car

You can view available car parks, including The Hold’s small visitor car park, and find car park tariffs and terms and conditions on the IPSERV website.

Please note, The Hold car park is separate to the University of Suffolk car park. You must drive through the university car park towards The Hold and ensure you are in the area marked for The Hold before parking. You will need to purchase a pay and display ticket from The Hold machine or use the RingGo app.

Please try and avoid single occupancy car journeys wherever possible.

Encouraging sustainable travel

We are keen to encourage our staff, volunteers and visitors to use sustainable travel to reach us wherever possible. As well being better for our environment, it is also often better for our health and wellbeing.

The University of Suffolk suggests a number of helpful websites to refer to when planning your journey.