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Christchurch Park in Ipswich

Something that really stood out to me when I moved to Ipswich was how many parks there are around and how close they are to where I’m living along the waterfront. At any time of year, these parks are great to have a walk or a run or take the kids out to on a Saturday afternoon.

During the spring, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery as new flowers spring into life and the summer you can sunbathe and enjoy long days out with your friends. Here are our favourite parks in Ipswich, all within easy distance from the University.


Christchurch Park

Christchurch Park has so much to offer with it’s large grounds, pond and gardens. It’s great at anytime of year with lots of benches and paths to explore the grounds. If you want to make a day of it, you can also visit Christchurch Mansion and explore the history of Ipswich for free.

Holywells Park

I go to Holywells Park quite often if I’m feeling like taking a jog or just when I need a walk to reset my mind. It’s so relaxing and quiet, so perfect if you need some time to yourself. As it’s two minutes from the waterfront, I highly recommend you go during your lunch break for a breath of fresh air to be ready for your next lecture.

Chantry Park

Chantry Park is another park that’s a must see.  It’s located further out of the centre of town, but has a beautiful 124 acres of land, also with a mansion. In August 2019, Ed Sheeran hosted four days of concerts there and around 160,000 people attended.

Bourne Park

Bourne Park is another park that will be very popular with the kids as it offers nature trails, playgrounds and large open spaces. The perfect place to kick a ball around or just relax with a book, it’s located further out of the centre of town, but a great place to get away to. There is also a great paddling pool which is perfect to take the kids to in the warmer months.

Alexandra Park

Alexandra Park is also close to the University and located just behind the Arts Building. Once again, it’s a great place to go to for a breath of fresh air in between lectures and perfect to enjoy with your friends in the summer months. We’re so lucky to have so many great open spaces nearby to the University that we can use at any time of year.

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