About Christchurch Park

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Christchurch Park was the first public park in Ipswich, opening in 1895. It extends over 33 hectares of picturesque grounds right in the heart of the town.

The park was officially 're-opened' in May 2008, after the completion of a £4.5 million restoration project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Ipswich Borough Council.


Christchurch Park facilities include:

  • a children's play area
  • tennis courts
  • table tennis table
  • public toilets
  • refreshment kiosks
  • the Reg Driver Visitor and Education Centre.

Getting there

View location map and opening hours.

Christchurch Park can be accessed via entrances at:

  • Soane Street
  • Westerfield Road
  • Bolton Lane
  • Henley Road
  • Fonnereau Road
  • Park Road.

Nearby car parks, blue badge parking and bus stops are shown on this transport map.


Christchurch Park plays host to many events and activities all year round. The Wildlife and Education Rangers hold events such as nature walks, arts and crafts activities, storytelling and trails for children of all ages and the park also welcomes some of Ipswich's larger events, including Ipswich Music Day, the 11th Ipswich Scout Group's Firework Display and the Remembrance Day ceremony.

Management Plan

The Christchurch Park Management Plan sets out the vision for the continued restoration, enhancement and management of Christchurch Park for existing and future generations. It outlines the daily work plan and other proposals for the park from 2019-2029.


There are lots of ways you can get involved and help at your local park. Find out more about volunteering in our parks.

Contact Details

Parks & Cemeteries,
Ipswich Borough Council,
3E Grafton House,
15 - 17 Russell Road,

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01473 432000