2021 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - IPSWICH - 12th and 13th SEPTEMBER.
******THE IPSWICH SOCIETY ARE PLANNING A "VIRTUAL HERITAGE OPEN DAYS" FOR IPSWICH FOR 2021 USING A NEW WEBSITE CALLED "HERITAGE ICONS" WHICH WE ARE CURRENTLY DEVELOPING. WE INTEND THIS WEBSITE TO BE A PERMANENT FIXTURE ON THE INTERNET AS A RELIABLE AND ACCURATE REFERENCE TO HERITAGE BUILDINGS IN IPSWICH WHICH WILL BE CONTINOUSLY UPDATED AND ADDED TO BY THE IPSWICH SOCIETY. THIS WILL MEAN THAT MORE BUILDINGS THAN JUST THOSE BUILDINGS WHICH OPEN DURING HOD CAN BE FEATURED. WE WELCOME CONTRIBUTIONS FROM OTHERS. A SHORT PIECE, NO MORE THAN A SIDE OF A4, WITH PHOTOGRAPHS / VIDEO OF YOUR CHOSEN BUILDING. SEE MORE IN THE IPSWICH SOCIETY July 2021 NEWSLETTER.
MANY OF THE VENUES ARE NOT WILLING TO OPEN DURING THE PANDEMIC BUT IT IS POSSIBLE THAT A FEW VENUES WILL BE OPEN FOR HOD 2021. SOME ARE LEAVING IT TILL LATER TO DECIDE. SOME BUILDINGS MAY HAVE A GUIDE IN ATTENDANCE WHO CAN TELL YOU MORE ABOUT THE BUILDING WITHOUT ACTUALLY BEING ABLE TO ENTER THE BUILDING. DETAILS TO FOLLOW NEARER THE TIME.
IT IS OUR INTENTION TO CARRY ON HERITAGE OPEN DAYS IN IPSWICH AS NORMAL IN FUTURE YEARS AFTER THE PANDEMIC IS OVER OR AT LEAST UNDER CONTROL.******
2019 HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - Ipswich
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September.
The Ipswich Society is proud to co-ordinate the Heritage Open Days event in Ipswich again on behalf of the town and all our wonderful participants.
The buildings listed, many of which are not normally open to the public, represent seven centuries of our town’s history. We have 39 buildings open in 2019, along with free guided walks around some of the town’s best locations. The Ipswich Society is grateful to all concerned for their participation.
Ipswich Society volunteers act as guides during the weekend.
As usual the ever popular Willis Building rooftop will be open again and new venues this year include Birkett’s Providence House, on Princes Street, with tours which will also include a visit to the roof garden, with views across Ipswich Town football ground on one side and the Waterfront buildings on the other.
Providence House (Birketts) will be open for the first time.
On the Saturday only Ipswich Transport Museum will be running regular trips on one of their Heritage Buses from the Old Custom House accompanied by a tour guide. More details in the booklet.
You won’t go hungry; several buildings have refreshments on offer. In addition, there are independent cafes all around the town centre, well worth a visit or you could pack a picnic and make a day of it in one of our beautiful Green Flag parks.
The Heritage Open Days event is a fantastic opportunity to discover Ipswich’s hidden heritage so please make the most of the weekend and above all, enjoy!
Our free Heritage Open Days colour booklet with map is available at the Tourist Information Centre in St. Stephen’s Church, Ipswich Library in Northgate Street and other venues around the town.
Don’t forget to share your favourite place, why not record your journey about the town, on social media?
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 have 39 buildings open in 2019, along with free guided walks around some of the town's best locations.
Heritage bus outside Isaacs. St. Peter's by The Waterfront.
As in the past the Ipswich Transport Museum will run a free shuttle service between some of the venues in one of their Heritage buses on Saturday 14th September only. See booklet for details.
CHRISTCHURCH PARK - Ipswich.
The Ipswich 2019 Heritage Open Days free colour booklet with map is 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
Scroll down to see more below.
Ipswich Heritage Open Days 2019 booklet front cover.
Over the weekend the venues listed below will be open at various times:
CHECK BOOKLET FOR DETAILS.
1. St. Stephen's Church
2. Town Hall & Corn Exchange
3. Mutual House (Ipswich Building Society)
4. Arlingtons, Museum Street
5. St. Mary at the Elms, Elm Street
6. Willis Towers Watson building
7. Unitarian Meeting House, Friars Street
8. 3-5 Silent Street
9. Providence House (Birketts Solicitors)
10. Oddfellows Hall
11. Ipswich Museum, High Street
12. The Ipswich Art Gallery, High Street
13. Christchurch Mansion
14. Ipswich School, Henley Road
15. St. Margaret's Church, Soane Street
16. Bethesda Baptist Church, St. Margaret's Plain
17. Masonic Hall, Soane Street
18. Pykenham's Gatehouse, Northgate Street
19. Admiral's House, Tower Street
20. St. Mary Le Tower, Tower Street
21. Ipswich Institute and Library
22. Christ Church United Reformed/Baptist Church, Tacket Street
23. Blackfriars, Foundation Street
24. Tooley's Court, Foundation Street
25. Quay Place, St. Mary-at-the-Quay
26. St. Clemernt's Church
27. Fore Street Baths
28. Isaac Lord (Machine Room tours), Wherry Quay
29. Old Custom House, Key Street
30. St. Peter's by The Waterfront
31. The Old Bell, Stoke Street (R Gwinnell & Sons)
32. St. Mary-at-Stoke Church, Stoke Street
33. Gippeswick Hall (Red Rose Chain), The Avenue Theatre
34. Royal Hospital School, Holbrook
35. Broomhill Library, Sherrington Road
36. Broomhill Swimming Pool/Lido, Sherrington Road
37. Castle Hill Community Centre, Highfield Road
38. Suffolk energy-from-waste, Great Blakenham
39.Ipswich Cemetries, Cemetary Road
See our Archive page for previous H.O.D. booklets.