Monday, October 10, 2016

Christchurch Park, Ipswich, England

Christchurch Park is a pretty park located in the city of Ipswich, England. Ipswich is in the county of Suffolk on the east coast, north of London. It is the oldest park in Ipswich and if the truth be known, it has been a park of some sort for almost a millennium. The official city park was opened in 1895 and has been enjoyed by generations of residents and visitors. The park has a visitor center which usually has exhibits and also toilet facilities. A handicapped parking lot is adjacent to the visitor center. For other visitors, parking can be an issue but with patience, a street spot can be found.

In the center of the park is the Round Pond. With swans swimming in it, it was like a magnet attracting children and adults alike. Even when we were there in January it was worth stopping and taking photos. Paths meander through the towering trees and it is a very lovely, historic and peaceful place. The park has many Grade II listed structures within it confines including the Ice House. It also has modern areas for children and adults to play and enjoy.

Another major attraction in the park itself is the Protestant Martyrs Memorial. It is a monument dedicated to the nine people who were burned at the stake for their beliefs during the reign of Queen Mary, known as "Bloody Mary". It was erected in 1903 in response to newspaper articles that brought the fate of these "martyrs" to the public’s attention.

Christchurch Mansion is located in Christchurch Park. The mansion can be visited on self-guided tours or check their website for the schedule of guided tours.

The park is a major attraction in the city of Ipswich and there are many events that take place here throughout the year including guided nature walks and arts and crafts fairs.

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