Situated in the east of the county, Ipswich is a thriving town with a handsome, regenerated waterfront. Tours of the Rivers Stour and Orwell provide access to the sea, and nearby towns supply sandy beaches and delicious fish and chips! The town offers theatres, concert halls, museums, a much-loved local football club and a variety of shops and restaurants.
Access to glorious countryside is easy, with abundant venues for walkers, cyclists, sailors and kayakers. The region is famous for the arts, too, boasting musicians from Benjamin Britten to Ed Sheeran, the artists Gainsborough, Constable and Maggi Hambling, and the writers V. S. Pritchett and Ronald Blythe.
History abounds. There are castles to explore at Framlingham and Colchester, and the Anglo-Saxon treasures of Sutton Hoo are close at hand. So, too, is Lavenham, widely acknowledged as the finest example of a mediaeval wool town in England. A little under 30 miles from St Joseph’s College is Bury St Edmunds, ‘a jewel in the crown of Suffolk’, whose Abbey alone, once the richest in England, dates back 1,000 years.