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Travelling to The Hold

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The Hold is located on the University of Suffolk campus, on Ipswich waterfront, as shown in this map:

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

The address is:
The Hold
131 Fore Street

Public areas of The Hold (The Street, the shop and exhibition) are open seven days a week:

  • Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm, with late opening until 9pm on Thursdays
  • Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays: 10am – 4pm
    (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day)

The Café at The Hold is open seven days a week:

  • Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 5pm, with late opening until 9pm on Thursdays
  • Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays: 10am – 4pm
    (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day)

You can contact the Welcome Desk at The Hold on 01473 296666.

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 car

The Hold has its own small, dedicated car park. Please note, this is separate to the adjacent University of Suffolk car park.

To access The Hold 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.

Maximum stay in The Hold car park is three hours. Parking charges apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please ensure you purchase a pay and display ticket from one of the machines on arrival, or via the Ringo app (code 21854).

This facility is managed by IPSERV. You can find tariffs, and terms and conditions, for The Hold car park, as well as other local car parks, on the IPSERV website.

Please try and avoid single occupancy car journeys wherever possible.

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.

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.