Ipswich Town Football Club
For those travelling by train, Ipswich station is only 5 to 10 minutes’ walk from the ground.
For away fans, there are two main train routes into Ipswich, from London and from Peterborough
The Peterborough option may be easier or cheaper if you are travelling from anywhere that passes that way – but trains are at best hourly, are a maximum of three coaches (can be two or even one), and there are limited options post-match (none at all after evening games).
From London, there are 2-3 trains an hour, all from London Liverpool Street.The train company is Greater Anglia operated by Abellio (www.greateranglia.co.uk). The faster trains go on to Norwich, are air-conditioned and have a buffet bar. Some trains stop at Stratford for easy suburban rail, tube, Overground, DLR and bus connections – before planning to change at Stratford, please check that it isn’t easier to go via Liverpool St.
Note that there are long-term engineering works which affect the main line from London to Ipswich from time to time. These require the use of rail replacement buses for a considerable part of the journey. We advise that you check before buying tickets. In many cases, the club’s official coach travel may be quicker than the train.
There are two main road routes to Ipswich. If you are travelling from the Midlands or North, then you will use the A14. From London, the South-East, South-West or South Wales, then you will (probably) use the A12.
From London / South-East
The simple advice is to make your way to the M25, and then join the A12 near Brentwood (junction 28 of the M25). It then takes about an hour to the ground, subject of course to traffic delays, especially at peak times. If you are starting in the South-West or South Wales, you do have the option of driving via the Birmingham area (M42 to M6), though this is usually a bit slower than the London / M25 route.
We generally recommend allowing at least an hour beyond the AA / Google / SatNav suggested journey time, to allow for possible delays.
Sat Navs vary in their recommended route into town, but whichever way you go, it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes from the A12 or A14 to the ground.
For those without Sat Nav, once you reach the junction of the A12 and A14, just south of Ipswich, take the A1214 (London Road) for a couple of miles into town. As you approach the town centre area, there’s a Sainsbury’s supermarket on the left – at this point, go straight on past Sainsbury’s and then almost immediately right onto West End road. Take the first left (after about half a mile) onto Sir Alf Ramsey Way and you’ve arrived.
Note that the roads immediately behind the Cobbold and Sir Bobby Robson stands are closed about 90 minutes before the game, so to access the NCP car park on Portman Road you will need to continue on London Road, straight on to Handford Road and then turn right at a set of traffic lights onto Portman Road (if you miss the turning, just do a U-turn at the roundabout with Civic Drive, turning back onto Handford Road, then taking the first left into Portman Road).
There is no official stadium car park, but there is parking all around the ground. The closest is a large NCP on Portman Road (right by the away end), which usually has spaces up to at least 45 minutes before kick-off, and it’s worth checking later.
There’s also a large car park on West End Road (5 minutes’ walk away) and at the railway station (less than 10 minutes).
The town centre is less than 10 minutes’ walk, and has numerous car parks, as you’d expect. Being a town centre ground, most streets are controlled (residents only) parking, so free on-road parking tends to be at least a 20-minute walk away.
As usual, the car parks nearest the ground are a bit slow to clear after the game – for a quicker exit, use the railway station car park, and exit left out of the station onto Burrell Road / Ranelagh Road (B1075), then (after about a mile) left onto the A1214.