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“The best park in the UK?” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Christchurch Park

Christchurch Park
Ranked #2 of 114 things to do in Ipswich
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suffolk uk
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153 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
“The best park in the UK?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2013

I am not Ipswich born and bred so it is not home-bias that makes me rate this astonishing park the most beautiful I have come across in the UK.
Giving the lie to the common opinion that Suffolk is very flat, most of this gorgeous space consists of rolling hills, some of them quite steep. The steepest, often called 'Snow Hill' attracts children and adults alike after snow fall, with sledges and sometimes even skis.

At the edge of the park by the Soane Street entrance, is the large Christchurch Mansion, fitted out as a museum and art gallery which deserves a review of its own. Visitors to the town might naturally head here, besides the Mansion are two ponds with ducks and geese, but if you have time I strongly advise you to venture further into the park. You will see, besides the wonderful grassy hills, a bird sanctuary, areas left as wild meadow to cultivate wild life and stunning, very mature trees. Cross into The Arboretum and as well as flower beds there is an exciting range of unusual trees from around the world.

The park boasts a safe, enclosed, children's play area, hard tennis courts available for hire and a croquet lawn. There is tea shop near the Mansion and another small cafe serving drinks and ices near the play area.
The park is so large that even at the busy holiday times, stroll away from the Mansion and you can find a secluded spot for a picnic and pretend you are in the country.
Cyclists have a designated path which allows them to cross from Henley Road to Westerfield Road.

My own tip is, if you are able, visit the park on a fine morning as soon as the gates open in the morning, the peace and tranquility right in the middle of town is stunning

Visited May 2013
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Ipswich, England, United Kingdom
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“Number 1 park in Ipswich”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

Christ church park ever fails me, its always clean and the care takers take care of it very well, its a nice place to go on a nice sunny day were you can just sit down and not be told to move and just chill, I like going there with my friends as its a place were we can talk and meet up with other friends, theres also a cafe, toilets, christ church manison and sometimes ice cream stands and theres a good park for the younger kids, its a lovely park and i've had alot of memories there.

Visited May 2013
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“Best Park In Ipswich”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

Christchurch Park is a nice place to visit, especially in the spring/summer months, good for a walk and to escape the hustle of the town centre. Good facilities, very nice tea room at the rear of Christchurch Mansion and plenty of places to sit down. Could do with more events being held here throughout the year but the annual fireworks display in early November is pretty good!

Visited May 2013
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“A beautiful park, indeed.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2013

The tea-rooms provide a welcome place to grab some refreshments with lots of character. The trees are large, lovely water features but still plenty of open spaces for the kids and events.

Visited June 2012
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Stowmarket, United Kingdom
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“A lovely day out....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2013

After a lovely walk around the park viewing the Classic Cars which were off to Felixstowe, we had a lovely lunch in the Cafe of the house. We sat outside in the sun and had a wonderful lunch.
The house itself was stunning, although we had a slightly eerie feeling in some of the rooms which added to the fun!
Couldn't believe this amazing house is free entry too......
A wonderful day out

Visited May 2013
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