2018 Heritage Open Days - Ipswich

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September.
The Ipswich Society will again be organising this event in Ipswich in 2018.  Details to follow when finalised.



Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September.

The weekend was co-ordinated by the Ipswich Society with the aim of encouraging the owners of some of the town’s finest buildings to throw open their doors and show off the treasures inside.  Many of them are not open to the public throughout the year.  We had more than 30 buildings open in 2017, along with free guided walks around some of the town’s best locations.

No one went hungry - several buildings had refreshments on offer, there are independent cafes in the Saints and Blackfriars areas or you could pack a picnic and make a day of it by strolling through one of our beautiful Green Flag parks. The Heritage Open Days weekend is a fantastic opportunity to discover Ipswich’s ‘hidden’ heritage.

The Ipswich Society is grateful to all concerned for their participation. The buildings listed represented seven centuries in the history of Ipswich and were open to the public during the weekend, with additional opening days for some venues.  Opening times were correct at the time of going to press. 

                 CLICK and scroll down for the 2017 Ipswich Heritage Open Days booklet. 

                             Over the weekend the following were open at various times:

 1. St. Stephen's Church
 2. Unitarian Meeting House
 3. Willis Towers Watson building 
 4. New Wolsey Theatre
 5. Ipswich Museum
 6. Ipswich School
 7. Ipswich Cemeteries
 8. Crown Pools
 9. Christchurch Mansion
10. Freemasons Hall
11. St. Margaret's Church
12. Bethesda Baptist Church
13. Pykenham's Gatehouse
14. Admiral's House
15. Town Hall
16. Ipswich Institute and Library
17. Christchurch United Reformed/Baptist Church
18. 3-5 Silent Street
19. Blackfriars
20. Tooley's Court
21. Fore Street Baths
22. St. Clement's Church
23. Isaac Lord (Machine Room and Brewery
24. Old Custom House
25. Sailing Barge Victor
26. Quay Place
27. St. Mary-at-Stoke Church
28. St. Peter's Church
29. Gippeswyk Hall
30. Broomhill Lido
31. Broomhill Library
32. Castle Hill Community Centre
33. Suffolk Records Office
34. Holywells Park  
35. Martlesham Heath Control Tower
36. Royal Hospital School
37. Mutual House   see below:                                                                                                                                                                                                  

The Ipswich Society were delighted to confirm that 'Mutual House', the new town centre branch of the Ipswich Building Society, was open as part of this year's Heritage Open Days.  The contractor pulled out all of the stops to clear the Banking Hall ready for visitors.  Building Society staff in addition led guided tours of the basement strongrooms (from the days when the building was Parrs Bank).

The Heritage Bus had a new route this year and did not be visit the Waterfront as it has in past years.  This allowed the bus to visit the outer venues more regularly leaving out the town centre venues which are more easily accessible by foot.

See our Archive page for previous H.O.D. booklets.