Ipswich Town – Portman Road

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Portman Road has been the home ground of Ipswich Town since 1884.

All 4 stands have been converted to all-seater following the recommendations of the Taylor Report. Also located at the ground are conference and banqueting facilities, the Sir Bobby Robson Suite, Legends Bar and a club shop selling Ipswich merchandise.

Ipswich’s promotion to the Premiership in 2000 led to the club spending around £22 million on redeveloping both the North and South stands. The complete renovation of the South Stand into a two-tier stand added 4,000 seats to the stadium. The subsequent demolition and reconstruction of a two-tier North Stand added a further 4,000 seats and brought the total capacity of the ground to more than 30,000.

Away fans are housed in the upper tier of the Cobbold Stand at the South side of the pitch. Outside the ground are statues of World Cup winning manger Sir Alf Ramsey and former Ipswich and England manager, Sir Bobby Robson.

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How to get to Portman Road

By Road:
portman road directionsThe address of the stadium is Portman Road, Ipswich IP1 2DA.

From the North, drivers should follow the A1(M) as far as junction 14, exiting onto the A14 towards Huntingdon, Cambridge and the M11. Exit onto the A14 at junction 31 and take the A1156 Ipswich exit at junction 53. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit, continuing on the A1156. At the 2nd roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Norwich Road (A1156). At the next roundabout, take the 1st exit continuing on the A1156. Take the 3rd exit at each of the next 2 roundabouts, onto the A1022 and A1071 respectively. Portman Road is the next left turn, with the ground on the right.

From the South, drivers can follow the A12 as far as the outskirts of Ipswich, picking up the A1214 London Road, which eventually becomes the A1071 Handford Road. Portman Road is about ½ a mile on the right.

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By Rail:
ipswich train stationIpswich train station is only ¼ of a mile from the ground and is served by trains from London Liverpool Street and Peterborough. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
Stansted is the nearest airport, some 40 miles from Portman Road. “Stansted Express” trains depart every 15 minutes for London Liverpool Street, with a journey time of about 45 minutes. Click here to check the current flight times

There are several taxi companies in Ipswich that can take you to and from Portman Road. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

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Where to Park?

portman road stadium parkingOn-street car parking near the ground is very limited. However, there are 3 “Pay and Display” car parks in Portman Road, offering 800 spaces. Visiting fans have advised early arrival to ensure a space close to the ground. Alternatively, there is a multi-storey car park adjacent to the train station, along with several well signposted car parks in the town centre.

Away Friendly Pubs near Portman Road

pubs near portman road stadiumThe Drum and Monkey, in Princes Street, used to be the “traditional” away fans’ pub, but following refurbishment has declared itself a “home fans only” pub. Other nearby pubs, including the Hare & Hounds, the Swan and the Victoria are very partisan home pubs. Visitors have advised away fans to avoid these at all costs.

This leaves visiting fans a “Hobson’s choice” of the Station Hotel, in Burrell Road, opposite the railway station. Described as “a huge barn of a pub,” several fans have been disappointed by the limited range of beers available, but found the welcome very friendly.

Hotels near Portman Road

novotel ipswichThe Novotel Ipswich, Greyfriars Road, Ipswich IP1 1UP is located near the town centre, within 400 yards of the Portman Road ground. All rooms have wireless Internet access, satellite television, tea and coffee facilities, direct-dial phones and safes. The quality of food is reported as excellent. Onsite parking is available at extra cost. holiday inn ipswich

The Holiday Inn Ipswich, London Road, Ipswich IP2 0UA is with 2 miles of the ground. It is reported to be clean and modern, with helpful staff. All rooms are air-conditioned, with satellite TV, Internet access and a mini bar. Hotel facilities include an indoor pool, gym and spa.

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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Portman Road?

away fans ipswichThe majority of visiting fans appear to have enjoyed their day out at Portman Road, though many have found travelling very tiring. The atmosphere in and around the ground is reported to be good, with friendly home supporters. The views from the away section are generally pretty good, but legroom is barely adequate.

Several fans have complained that supporting pillars at the rear of the stand obscured their view of the action. The range and quality of food available inside the ground is reported as average. Many away fans have found the Ipswich stewards to be overzealous, continually badgering them about standing.

Your comments about Ipswich Town – Portman Road

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  1. Spud

    Me my wife and 10 year old son made a weekend of this trip and stayed in the Novotel in Ipswich, not a bad trip and very welcoming. The ground is very old but has been moderniised around all stands, you won’t get any trouble here it’s a very friendly family club. Got to say the stewards are very job’s worth and match days are probably the only time they get to have some power in their lives, in fact they are the one’s who make it kick off with the away fans… idiots..

    Ipswich itself is a lovely place and very old (just like the Mrs) one thing that did surprise me going aroud the town is that you be lucky to hear a english accent so many Eastern Europeans… It’s a shame we did’nt see the Ipswich of 30 or 40 years ago..

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  3. Paul Harris

    If you support a London club do NOT drive. The A12 is a nightmare. It took me 3 and half hours to get to Portman Rd and another 1 and half hours to get out of Ipswich after the match. I now wish I caught the train then I could have had a beer which would have numbed the pain of losing. The atmosphere was great and the ground is excellent, esp. the view you get from the away end.

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  5. Richard

    I visited portaloo road as a norwich fan 2 seasons ago and was extremely disappointed by the appauling atmosphere that was generated by the home fans. The concourses are way to small and not enough room to form an orderly queue. The ground looked like a complete and utter shithole.

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    • Harry

      that sounds ever so slightly biased there..somehow… whole ground as a shithole? north&south stands, rennovated and top aulity inside and out, brittania stand, including a 1st class training pitch behind it, with a kit shop inside, i think its just the away stand is a bit poor but why should they spend money on making canaries comfy! lol

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  7. Jamie

    Went last year with my 7yr old. Getting there, no problem. Parking, no problem. A beer in a local pub before the game, no problem.
    The problems start when you get into the ground. The away end bar is no more than a shack with 2 people serving for 3000 fans so avoid (they don’t serve to the away fans at half time – nice touch)
    Then there’s the stewards.
    We were getting all the usual abuse about us all being gay (yawn) so a couple of our lads sang a song back about tractors & they were thrown out immediately. The stewards were dreadful, basically acting as playground bullies at their fantastic ground. Really? I’ve seen cows with a better shack that the away end.
    The other thing I found very strange was the home ‘fans’. No singing, no noise at all – very, very strange. When they went 3-1 up THEN they started to sing but a bit late by that point in the game. Weird atmosphere, weird ground. Stuck in the 1980’s

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    • Ben

      In fairness this is the same ground which was recorded as the loudest ground in the Premiership in the early naughties.

      The atmosphere nowadays is very stale and only gets close to loud when we’re playing Norwich. The rebuild of the North Stand end has killed our atmosphere, a Kop style end was considered where the South Stand is but rejected ironically due to fan pressure. In hindsight that would have been a far better move.

      The away stand will be redeveloped with any sustained Premiership football, which currently seems way off but they’ve had the plans ever since the previous stands were done. This would take capacity up to around 37k apparently.

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