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The Giles Statue

Princes Street and Queen Street, Ipswich, England
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Ranked #9 of 76 attractions in Ipswich
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Traveler Description: The Giles Statue which stands at the junction of Queen Street and Princes Street commemorates the well loved "Grandma" character featured in the... more »
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Exeter, UK
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

For many years, Giles produced cartoons showing current events through the eyes of the cartoon family, including Grandma. For the generation which knew these characters, or who have met them through the reissued collections, this is fun to see.

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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

A good place to sit and eat your ice creams in the sun and decide on where you want to explore next in Ipswich

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London, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
20 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I just love this statue. Rather than a second guessed attempt at a likeness, this super piece has some of his best loved characters to remind anyone seeing it of those regular cartoons poking fun at as well as criticism of many aspects of our society - not to forget the MUST HAVE Christmas present - A Giles Album. Giles,... More

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014 via mobile

I love this statue. it reminds me of my childhood when I read the books. Giles lived nere hear so it is good to show that Ipswich has a tie with him.

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Swaffham, United Kingdom
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122 reviews 122 reviews
24 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The Giles character of Grandma (fondly remembered as an 'Hells Granny') is featured in this attractive statue. Great fun and this quality feature brings back amusing memories to those of a mature age group. It is set within an attractive town centre situation and makes an eye catching feature of the historic St Giles Square.

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Sussex, England
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58 reviews 58 reviews
29 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Although not the only humorous statue in Ipswich, Grandma and co tickle me and remind me of the books of Giles cartoons that I often received as Christmas presents from relatives when I was in my teens. It's not big, but a nice tribute to a great cartoonist and shows the locals have a good sense of humour. Less barmy... More

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106 reviews 106 reviews
44 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

This statue is in the centre of Ipswich & next to Barclays Bank. The cartoonist Giles used to live just north of Ipswich & produced decades of excellent daily cartoons. It is a humorous statute of one of his most famous characters, Grandma.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

It is just a statue, what can you say. If you have read the Giles cartoons then this attraction is more significant and worth a visit than if you do not. This isn't something you would come to Ipswich just to visit - but worth it when you are down here.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

Who ever visits ipswich must see the Giles Grandma statue, its great fun and puts a smile on your face, fits nicely on the corner of Princes street and Queens street, just a short walk from the shop's. A nice all round touch, and a favorite with the locals and visitors alike.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
26 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Anyone who grew up with Giles cartoons will recognise Grandma straight away. She provides a reason to smile in the middle of town.

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