Our Top Picks for Free Things to do in Ipswich

POSTED ON: 02/01/2020

Want to go out and explore Ipswich but don’t necessarily have a lot of money to do so? Don’t worry! There are plenty of interesting opportunities to explore for free in Ipswich. Here is a guide to some of our favourite free places and activities available that all the family will love to get involved in.  

Christchurch Mansion

Christchurch Mansion


This beautiful Tudor mansion is situated in the grounds of Christchurch Park and offers over 500 years of history and intrigue. Suffolk's’ gems John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough outside of London, alongside some artworks by Pissarro and Picasso. If you’re not interested in art the mansion also holds period rooms from the Tudor Kitchen to the Tudor wing and everything in between, a ginormous dolls house, and artefacts from adventures abroad! There are hours of exploration to be had in the mansion and is bound to keep all members of your family entertained.

Find more information about the Mansion here

Ipswich Art Gallery

Ipswich Art Gallery


Just over the road from Christchurch Park Ipswich Art Gallery holds a changing programme of contemporary art exhibitions. The current exhibition is on tour from the Hayward Gallery on London’s South Bank which speaks for the amazing quality of shows hosted by Ipswich Art Gallery. With multiple rooms and floors, along with the fantastic quality of exhibitions even those who don't particularly hold an interest in art will find something intriguing and new within the gallery. You can find on what the current exhibition on at the Gallery is through our events page.

Find more information on the gallery here

Ipswich Museum

Ipswich Museum


Directly next door to the Ipswich Art Gallery Ipswich Museum holds a vast Victorian collection of animals, including the famous Woolly Mammoth, Rosie the Rhino and other curiosities from the natural world. From the room of curiosities travel through Suffolk's history from the iron age to the Romans and Saxons, explore the Eastern World and even see a real Mummy! This museum is brilliant for all ages and no matter how many times you go you’re bound to find something new and interesting in this wonderful collection.

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Spend the day at one of Ipswich's beautiful parks

Spend the day at one of Ipswich's beautiful parks


Ipswich is lucky to have some of UK's best town parks, with Christchurch Park and Holywells Park each winning a 2019 Green Flag Award!

Whether you want to take the little ones to a playground, out from a picnic or simply kick a ball around for the afternoon; Christchurch Park, Holywells Park and Chantry Park each have great playgrounds and plenty of open green spaces with beautiful large trees. If you go to Christchurch park maybe see if you can spot Mable the Owl in her tree near the Westerfield Road entrance!

Visit some of Ipswich's Historic Buildings

Visit some of Ipswich's Historic Buildings


Ipswich is home to some amazing historical buildings, why not take the time to walk around town and see if you can spot some of these treasures.

Saint Mary-le-Tower

In the heart of the town the site of St. Mary-le-Tower ates to medieval times in the with the first chruch on the grounds being built in the 12th century.

The Ancient House

This building may seem like a familiar site in Ipswich however it holds history dating back to the 14th century, passing through the hands of merchants until it’s renovation in the late 1980s. Whilst it is now Lakeland people are more than welcome to view the building and discover its original features including the carved wood work on the exterior and a hidden room in the upper part of the house.

Saint Lawrence Church

Now in use as a community cafe Saint Lawrence church dates back to the 15th century and houses the oldest ring of five church church bells in the country.

The Town Hall

This impressive Victorian building is situated next to the Cornhill and showcases stunning period architecture along with temporary exhibitions and a cafe.


Waterfront Walks

Waterfront Walks


Even with the winter weather Ipswich’s Waterfront is a stunning place to take in beautiful surroundings. Spanning from Stoke Bridge all the way past Aurora Bar. A leisurely stroll down the waterfront is bound to be enjoyed. There are plenty of places to stop on the way, maybe enjoy a coffee at one of the many cafes in locations with beautiful views or see if you can spot the jellyfish in the marina.

Find all the information you need about the waterfront here.

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