2018 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - Ipswich
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th also Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September.
The Ipswich Society again organised this event in Ipswich in 2018.
For the first time this took place over two consecutive weekends.
The Heritage Open day weekends are a fantastic opportunity to discover Ipswich's hidden heritage. With over 30 properties open we had several new venues this year which included the Old Bell Inn in Stoke Street, the Ipswich Art Gallery on High Street, the Captain's House in Grimwade Street and more, as well as the old favourites such as the Willis roof garden, Mutual House in Giles Circus and Tooley's Court in Foundation Street.
The weekends are co-ordinated by The Ipswich Society when owners of some of the town's finest buildings open their doors and show off the treasures inside.
The Grade I listed Unitarian Meeting House and the Grade I listed Willis Towers Watson building both open again this year.
Many of the buildings are not open to the public throughout the year, so here's your chance to take a look inside. We had more than 30 buildings open in 2018, along with free guided walks around some of the town's best locations. As in the past the Ipswich Transport Museum ran a free shuttle service between some of the venues in one of their Heritage buses on Saturday 15th September only. See booklet for details.
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 parks.
CHRISTCHURCH PARK - Ipswich.
The Ipswich 2018 Heritage Open Days free colour booklet with map was available in the Tourist Information Centre in St. Stephen's Church, the Library in Northgate Street, the Ipswich Institute in Tavern Street and many other venues around Ipswich and East Anglia.
PLEASE CHECK THE BOOKLET FOR OPENING TIMES
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Ipswich Heritage Open Days 2018 booklet front cover.
Over the two weekends the venues listed below were open at various times:
CHECK BOOKLET FOR DETAILS.
AMENDMENTS to Booklet -
Since going to print the Freemasons Hall in Soane Street have told us they will now be opening on the second weekend 15th and 16th September 9.30am to 4.30pm instead of the first weekend due to their staffing logistics.
Bethesda Baptish Church have told us since going to print that they have changed their open day to Saturday 15th September 10.00am to 3.00pm instead of the 8th September and they apologise for any inconvenience caused.
1. St. Stephen's Church
2. Unitarian Meeting House
3. Willis Towers Watson building
4. 3-5 Silent Street
5. Ipswich Museum
6. Ipswich School
7. Mutual House - Ipswich Building Society
8. Oddfellows Hall
9. Christchurch Mansion
10. Freemasons Hall
11. St. Margaret's Church
12. Bethesda Baptist Church
13. Pykenham's Gatehouse
14. Admiral's House
15. Ipswich Art Gallery
16. Ipswich Institute and Library
17. Old Bell Inn - R Gwinnell & Sons
19. Quay Place
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. Suffolk Records Office
26. St. Mary-at-Stoke Church
27. St. Peter's Church
28. Gippeswyk Hall
29. Broomhill Lido
30. Broomhill Library
31. Castle Hill Community Centre
See our Archive page for previous H.O.D. booklets.