Visit churches in Ipswich
Suffolk’s county town sits at the head of the Orwell, one of the loveliest and most historic rivers in the country.
The town’s Anglo-Saxon origins are recorded at the Ipswich Museum near the town centre.
The town was a prosperous port in the 16th century and the enclosed Victorian wet dock was the largest of its kind in England. Today a series of colourful restaurants, bars and cafes on the waterfront overlook two smart marinas.
A walking tour of the town with a Blue Badge guide will take you to some of the dozen or so beautiful medieval churches. They include the town centre civic church of St Mary le Tower with its richly coloured and decorated interior, and the pinnacled St Margaret, one of the town’s loveliest churches.
Parts of the north aisle of St Margaret’s date back to the 13th century when it was built by the priors of the neighbouring Holy Trinity Priory where Christchurch Mansion now stands.
Gaze up at the remarkable 15th century double hammerbeam roof, painted in the late 17th century and now nationally unrivalled.
Christchurch Park is only five minutes from the town centre and contains an historic and beautiful arboretum with many fine specimens of trees. The park was recently restored in a £4.5 million project that included the mirror pond reflecting the Tudor house known as Christchurch Mansion.
The mansion itself contains the largest collection of paintings by Gainsborough and Constable outside London.
While in town, make time to visit the St Nicholas Centre in Cutler Street for reasonably priced coffee or lunch in pleasant surroundings.
You can download examples of open churches in Ipswich and go and visit them.