Fonnereau Road, Ipswich IP4 2BX
Christchurch Park is Ipswich’s oldest public park, opening in 1895, but was the site of an Augustinian priory as far back as the 12th century. It is located in the Christchurch district on the north side of Ipswich.
Christchurch Park is home to many attractions. There is an upper and lower arboretum – the ‘horticultural gem’ of Ipswich. It is also a thriving home for wildlife, so you can often see squirrels and even foxes in the park’s wilderness area. It is also home to over 100 species of bird.
The park has a number of gardens and outdoor features, including a butterfly garden, wet meadow, reserve and even an orchard. All of these spaces are carefully maintained by the Friends of Christchurch Park society.
There is also a children’s playground and an outdoor nature classroom. The classroom is designed to educate children about the local flora and fauna and how they can help preserve the park. Exploring the park, you might spot the Ice House. While almost invisible at a glance, it is, in fact, a Grade II listed building!
The park has been awarded 11 consecutive Green Flags and is also the centre for outdoor entertainment in Ipswich. It hosts summer concerts, has free tennis courts and of course, the historic Christchurch Mansion.
Together with the Children’s Playground not far away, this is a hugely popular spot in the summer months for its drinks, ice creams and other refreshments. It was built in 1898 and, in common with many of the Park’s other facilities, was restored as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund improvements programme.
There is a seating area provided in front of the Pavilion. Opening hours vary according to the weather and the season, but are generally 10.00 to 18.00 during the summer.