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 is open every day from 10am - 5pm (1st May - 31st August) and 10am - 4pm (1st September to 30th April)

The Stables Café is open every day from 10am, closing at 4.30pm March to October and at 3.30pm November to Feb.

They serve Brunch, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Cream Tea, Hot and Cold drinks and a selection of cakes and snacks including healthy choices. There are also many homemade choices on offer, including lovely scones that are baked on the premises, soups, chilli con carne and curry. They also serve a selection of vegetarian and vegan options.

The Stable Café has a 5 star hygiene rating and holds the gold award in the healthy eating awards scheme.

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).

Parking is available at the Cliff Lane entrance for Blue Badge and permit holders only. Non-Blue Badge or non-permit holders are not permitted to use the car park. For a breakdown of all the car parks in Ipswich town centre visit All About Ipswich. For the latest bus timetables visit Suffolk on Board.


Contact Details

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

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01473 433512