7 Free Things To Do in Ipswich

POSTED ON: 02/01/2020

A great day out doesn't need to break the bank; some of Ipswich's top attractions and best things to do are free to enjoy. Save your pennies and explore these 7 free things do in Ipswich...

1. Visit Christchurch Mansion

1. Visit Christchurch Mansion


Christchurch Mansion is one of Ipswich's top attractions, and entry is free all year round. This magnificent Tudor hall, set in the beautiful grounds of Christchurch Park, is a treasure-trove of history with impressive collections of furniture, ceramics and art through the rooms; including paintings by John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough.

Throughout the year, Christchurch Mansion hosts exhibitions of art and culture that are also free to visit plus there are often free workshops to get-involved in.


2. Explore Ipswich Museum

2. Explore Ipswich Museum


Another of the town's top attractions; Ipswich Museum is free to enter and filled with fascinating collections and displays to explore.

From Ancient Egyptian artefacts and natural history displays to Anglo Saxon treasures and objects from across Ipswich, Suffolk and the world; you'll notice something new every time you visit. Visit our blog "12 Must-See Artefacts at Ipswich Museum" to make sure you don't miss the most exciting objects.


3. Enjoy Ipswich's beautiful parks

3. Enjoy Ipswich's beautiful parks


Let the little ones burn off some energy in a playground, go for a pack-up picnic with some friends or simply enjoy a relaxing stroll amongst the trees and gardens. Ipswich is lucky to have some of UK's best town parks; with Christchurch Park and Holywells Park both being Green Flag Award holder.

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.


4. Hunt for the Blue Plaques

4. Hunt for the Blue Plaques

As one of England's oldest towns, Ipswich has a long and fascinating history to explore with untold stories to discover; so if you're strapped for cash, spend a day hunting for the Ipswich Society Blue Plaques.

There are Blue Plaques on buildings and landmarks across the town centre and waterfront that have and interesting fact about individuals who were born in, worked in, or visited these sites in Ipswich; including Charles Dickens and Edith Maud Cook.


5. Events on the Cornhill Square

5. Events on the Cornhill Square


Throughout the year, the Cornhill Square hosts many free events for the whole family to enjoy, including outdoor film screenings, live music, activity days and exhibitions.

Check upcoming events on the Cornhill Square.


6. Explore the surrounding countryside

6. Explore the surrounding countryside

Sandwiched between two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Dedham Vale and The Suffolk & Heaths, there's plenty of beautiful countryside and coastline to explore that are easily accessible from Ipswich.

Escape to the calming fields of the Fun Valley to the north or the secret beaches of the Shotley Peninsula to the south. Head east towards Felixstowe and the River Deben or explore charming villages to the west of Ipswich.

Explore neighbouring towns and villages.



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