Holywells Park


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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.

Holywells Park is one of the most popular parks in Ipswich. It has recently been modernized and is fantastic fun, especially for younger families. The park extends over 28 hectares of picturesque grounds, with a history dating back to medieval times. It is conveniently located within 5 minutes walk from the waterfront and 10 minutes from town.

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 play area is suitable for toddlers to early teens and includes an enclosed adventure playground, large spiderweb play frame (ideal for children of about 8+), a pirate ship play frame and a water fountain which is one of the highlights during warmer days, so don’t forget to pack your swimsuit and towel!

Water Sprinkles operating months:  The 120m2 waterplay park opens  during the warmer days and is a hit with the kiddies. The sprinkles are switched on easter ( when there is no danger of frost)  through to one week after the kids go back to school around the second week in September,

Operating times: From 9.30am – 6.30 pm 7 days a week over summer.  It is recommended kids wear shoes as it can get very slippery!

There are toilets and an ice cream kiosk in the park area, and plenty of picnic tables for parents to relax. The visitor information centre and a lovely cafe can be found further up the hill near a stables area where there is a mock of a pony in a stable so kids can play-pretend. Holywells Park is a lovely nature reserve with several ponds, ducks and wildlife, the perfect place to have a go at pond dipping and creepy crawlie activities. The park is home to the Ipswich Wildlife Watch, who hold activities for young kids every other Sunday.

An interactive phone app will allow you to view video and pictures, for instructions on how to download the app click here

For the Holywells Park Wildlife Trail Brochure click here








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Where Are We?

There are 4 main entrances to the park, they are Cliff Lane, Myrtle Rd, Bishop's Hill and Nacton Rd. There is also an entrance via the kissing gate at the bottom of Cliff Lane, which is designed to be wheelchair and buggy friendly. (Please let us know if you encounter any difficulties.)

Buses serving Holywells Park include the 6/11 for the Cliff Lane entrance, X1, X3, 4, 60, 61, 61A, 76, 76A, 77 & 77A for the Bishop's Hill entrance, 61A, & H66 (plus the Bishop's Hill buses) for the Myrtle Road entrance. Cycle racks are available outside the Stable Block.

Off-street parking for those travelling by car is available nearby at Athena Hall and the Duke St. RCP car park. For specific events other off-street parking may be made available, particularly for Family Fun Days.

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