Ipswich, Massachusetts is a historic and thriving coastal community on Boston’s North Shore with notable neighboring towns such as Essex and Gloucester in the Cape Ann region. Ipswich is home to one of the most beautiful beaches and shorelines in the world, as well as its very own Castle, lush and green wooded trails, vast open spaces, and roadside farms that offer a country feel. Choose among a variety of shopping, dining, and touring options – enjoy the many cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, and breweries in downtown Ipswich with live music and food for every taste. The famous Ipswich Clam and fresh seafood are featured in many of our eateries. Ipswich’s shops and boutiques offer unique gifts, clothing, jewelry, antiques, and collectibles all within walking distance of the downtown area right on Market Street. While you are in Ipswich, stay in one of the local inns, take in a walking tour of the historic district or visit local museums. Some of the oldest homes in America are right here in Ipswich. Enjoy outdoor recreation and awe-inspiring natural beauty while boating in Ipswich’s rivers, bays and saltmarsh estuaries or biking, hiking, and walking in our state forests and parks along quiet wooded trails.