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About Holywells Park

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Holywells is a beautiful open space, with stunning trees and ponds, but also a green hub for the community. There is something for people of all ages to enjoy.

The park extends over 28 hectares of picturesque grounds, with a history dating back to medieval times.

Holywells Park is a County Wildlife Site, a Conservation Area with two listed buildings – the Stable Block and Conservatory – and is on the English Heritage Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. Holywells has been designated a Regionally Important Geodiversity Site (RIGS).

Holywells has an active Friends group which contributes to the park's development.

Volunteering opportunities are available at the park.

The park boasts a state of the art children's play area designed around a galleon theme and named The Discovery after the ship which sailed to North America to found Jamestown in 1607. The play area has around 20 pieces of play equipment, along with sheltered picnic areas and attracts youngsters from all over Ipswich and beyond.

The Stable Block Visitor Centre and Stable Café are open from 10am - 5pm (April to October) and 10am - 4pm (October to March).

Myrtle Road entrance Bishops Hill entrance Myrtle meadow Teen area Outdoor classroom Children's play area Kiosk and toilets Nacton Road entrance Cliff Lane (Nature Area) entrance Orchard - not open to the public Holywells Bowling Club Victorian conservatory Walled garden Changing Places facility Visitor centre and café Cliff Lane (Stable Block) entrance Ice house Dell garden


Getting there

Holywells Park lies one mile south-east of Ipswich town centre, close to the Waterfront and very near to University Campus Suffolk and Suffolk New College. View location map and opening hours.

The park has four main entrances - Cliff Lane (IP3 0PG), Nacton Road (IP3 0NG), Bishops Hill (IP3 8EL) and Myrtle Road (IP3 0AL).

Blue Badge parking is available at the Cliff Lane entrance to Holywells Park. Car parking is available at Athena Hall off Duke Street, IP3 0DT. For the latest bus timetables visit Suffolk on Board.

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Contact Details

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

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01473 433512