Enjoy what Suffolk has to offer by foot this January. From beautiful parks to picturesque beaches, Suffolk is full of unique charm. And we want to share it with you.

Ipswich to parks is like Venice to canals. We’re truly blessed with so many glorious parks that are perfect for a romantic post-Christmas stroll with your loved one, a leisurely jog or a family day out. Such is the extent of the parks in Ipswich that Trip Advisor has created this handy top 10 parks in Ipswich guide with a number of reviews for each. Options include: Christchurch Park, Bourne Park, Holywells Park and Wherstead Park to name just a few. You really are spoilt for choice!

Visiting Suffolk for the first time? Take a look at what's on offer here.


If you’re looking for a way to keep the kids entertained at the weekends, then look no further than your local park. With the majority of Suffolk’s parks housing a selection of playgrounds and swings, there’ll be guaranteed fun for all the family. The acres of expansive green spaces are ideal for a romantic stroll or dog walking, and the abundance of ponds and woodland on offer will attract those budding bird watchers, wildlife lovers and keen photographers!

You can find all park Winter opening times here.

If you'd love to explore Suffolk a little further, you can download Suffolk County Council's information leaflets below. Choose a walk to suit you.

Easy-going TrailsIxworth, Languard Peninsula & Felixstowe, Kersey, Wickham Market, Combs and Badley, Hoxne, Mendham and Metfield, Waveney Valley, Kings Forest Rides, Newmarket Rides, Stanton Rides, Mildenhall Rides.

So, wrap up warm, dig out those walking boots and explore the stunning Suffolk scenery this January. Be sure to scroll down to our blogs section for some extra trip inspiration!  

Holywells Park

Holywells Park has been transformed by a £3.5 million “Parks For People” refurbishment, which has created a visitor centre and café in the old Stable Block, restored a beautiful conservatory and established an outdoor theatre and entertainment space in the walled garden.

The refurbishment project was funded largely by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery, with contributions from the Borough Council and the Friends.

Holywells is not only a beautiful park rich in wildlife, it is also home to a number of community events.


Christchurch Park


Christchurch Park is home to the historic Christchurch Mansion, a Tudor house open to the public as a museum. The Mansion contains the most important collection of Constables outside London. Entry is free.

Christchurch Park is close to the town centre but a world away with its magnificent trees and arboreta, wild areas, ponds and acres of play space. It is also home to the park’s most famous resident, Mabel the owl.

The Reg Driver Visitor Centre is located in the park, which is transformed during the summer into a location for some of Ipswich’s biggest events – Music Day, the Indian Mela and Global Rhythm. Brass on the Grass supplies a more traditional entertainment in the arboretum.

There are also free tennis courts in the park.

Chantry Park


Chantry Park is the largest town park in Ipswich. It extends over 124 acres of parkland and wildlife areas on the western edge of Ipswich and the whole site is a conservation area.

Chantry Park offers two children's play areas, a public car park and wildlife ranger events. It is also home to Ipswich & East Suffolk Cricket Club and the beautiful Italianate gardens of the magnificent Sue Ryder care home.  

Orwell Country Park

Orwell Country Park's 250 acres spread out from the beautiful River Orwell into meadows and ancient woodlands. It offers visitors a variety of walks, wildlife and scenery to explore, with spectacular views. Orwell Country Park is part of the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

There are many other wonderful parks and green spaces in and around Ipswich, which offer a variety of activities, from the family friendly paddling pool in Bourne Park to nature walks in Kiln Meadow and Belstead Brook Park.