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The Willis Building

15 Friars Street, Ipswich IP1 1TD, England
+44 1473 223000
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Modern History

Willis Building boasts the youngest listed building in the country. Designed by the famous Norman... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2018
glennsbrown
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
Prized architecture...

The building is famous for its rooftop garden. The location is on a busy road, which makes... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2018
GibBob
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible3%
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“roof garden” (8 reviews)
“swimming pool” (6 reviews)
LOCATION
15 Friars Street, Ipswich IP1 1TD, England
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+44 1473 223000
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"skyline"
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

Willis Building boasts the youngest listed building in the country. Designed by the famous Norman Foster it was the first all glassed building of its kind constructed and completed in 1975. It has a rooftop garden and the myth of a rooftop running track, in...More

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

The building is famous for its rooftop garden. The location is on a busy road, which makes photography difficult.

Thank GibBob
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Reviewed 16 February 2018

I was fortunate to visit The Willis Building during the heritage open weekend and took part on two guided tours and had lunch on the top floor (in the garden) Great experience, beautiful views! Highly recommend!

Thank Kati N
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Reviewed 14 September 2017

Fantastic place roof garden a must to see. Walk around the garden its the a great place to see Ipswich and all other buildings. Had coffee the prices were very good we could have had dinner will do next year. Real grass in garden not...More

Thank monty669
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Reviewed 6 April 2017

Adds a touch of drama to the skyline. The black tinted windows are intriguing and the shape of the building is in stark contrast to those surrounding it. Must be fascinating to go inside.

Thank MrsBsTravels
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Reviewed 26 March 2017

Architecture is interesting and stylish. Improves the look of the surrounding area and acts as a landmark. If you're lost in the area, people will use the Willis building as a point of reference, so it's well known and well thought of by the locals.

Thank L A
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

Iconic sir Norman foster architecture at its best, timeless design, open to visitors on heritage days

Thank leisms
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Reviewed 25 January 2017

Saw by chance that there was an open day for this iconic Ipswich Building. Worth the hour spent to see the redundant indoor swimming pool and the tour gave a really good insight into the can's and cant's of this 20th Century listed building.

Thank Gavin H
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

I was very lucky to have worked in this building for a few years as a contractor. From an architectural perspective, it has to be a must see. They have now de-tinted the bottom floor glazing so you can see right into the guts of...More

Thank Phil O
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

A modern building which has many interesting features including a roof garden and a swimming pool which can be viewed despite a false floor, this was originally built for the workers, but is no longer in use. If you can visit when the building is...More

Thank Linda K
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