January - November 2019
Tourist Information Centre
£9.00 (unless otherwise stated)
Guided Walks around Ipswich
Our entertaining and informative Ipswich guided walks are available periodically, with occasional evening and weekend walks.
Our new season of Tea Walks starts in January 2019. Wrap up warm and enjoy a themed guided walk around Ipswich followed with refreshments and a relaxed chat with your guide in one of Ipswich’s fantastic local cafes. Unless stated, tea walks will start from Ipswich Borough Council’s Tourist Information Centre and last about an hour and a half.
Additional walks during special events, celebrations and for children during school holidays are available throughout the year.
Walks that require pre-booking have tickets available through the Tourist Information Centre or online via the Ipswich Regent website.
Contact the Tourist Information Centre for further details.
Christmas Walk 2018: The Turkey Buster – Friday 28 December
Too much turkey and Christmas TV? Need to escape the in-laws? Then join the Ipswich Tourist Guides Association for an invigorating walk and burn off those Christmas calories. With the pull of a Christmas Cracker, two walks will depart from the Ipswich Tourist Information Centre. Book online here.
- Behind Closed Doors – Wednesday 9 January 2pm On this walk we discover some of the history and characters that have been part of Ipswich’s ancient buildings.
- A Tudor Walk from Town to Countryside – Friday 18 January 2pm Hear about Tudor bad boy Edmund Withipoll, builder of Christchurch Mansion and admire a 15th century gatehouse.
- I’ve Never Noticed That Before – Wednesday 30 January 2pm Come and take a leisurely walk exploring the fascinating features of Ipswich’s historic town centre.
- Dickens in Ipswich – Thursday 7 February 2pm Celebrate Charles Dickens’ birthday by visiting some of the places in Ipswich that he wrote about, while considering some of the major themes in his writing.
- Love is in the Air – Thursday 14 February 1.45pm On Valentine’s Day discover Ipswich’s romantic stories. We end at Christchurch Mansion with time to view The Kiss and Tell Exhibition, featuring Rodin’s statue The Kiss.
- Queen Victoria Was Not Amused – Tuesday 19 February 2pm This walk explores some areas visited by Prince Albert in 1851 and investigates Ipswich’s place at the forefront of scientific developments of the day.
- Ipswich Entertains – Wednesday 6 March 2pm Take a trip down ‘Memory Lane’ and hear about Ipswich’s entertainment venues including theatres and music halls.
- Remarkable Women of Ipswich – Friday 8 March 2pm Celebrate International Women’s Day and join us to hear about the upbeat stories of Ipswich Suffragettes, war workers, famous writers and Tudor traders and their exceptional achievements often gained against great odds.
- What’s in a Name? – Tuesday 19 March 2pm Come on a stroll as we learn about the stories behind the names of many streets and buildings in central Ipswich.
- Rags, Bones, Tea and Cake – Wednesday 27 March 2pm Explore the area of Ipswich that Frank Grace describes in his excellent book ‘Rags and Bones’ before taking tea on the Waterfront.
- Priories, Friaries, Churches & Chapels – Thursday 4 April 2pm Follow in the footsteps of pilgrims to visit some of the town’s medieval churches and other interesting sites.
- Ipswich Medics – Wednesday 17 April 2pm Join us on a stroll around sites associated with inspirational Ipswich medical men and women and their pioneering advances.
- A Dragon Hunt – Tuesday 23 April 2pm Come and join us as we celebrate St George’s Day with a hunt for dragons and other fabulous beasts that can be found all around central Ipswich.
- Scientific Ipswich – Tuesday 30 April 2pm Join us as we explore sites associated with the theory of evolution, advances in brain science and developments in arthritis.
- Authors, Artists, Poets & Performers – Wednesday 2 October 2pm This town centre walk explores Ipswich’s artistic associations, from travelling players to theatre and music hall superstars.
- They Came, They Saw, They Stayed Here – Wednesday 9 October 2pm Join us as we explore the story of immigration to Ipswich from earliest times to the 21st Century.
- Docks to Designer Development – Friday 18 October 2pm Discover the changing face of Ipswich Waterfront, from its historic beginnings to the creation of the wet dock.
- Martyrs and Victims – Tuesday 22 October 2pm Burial grounds feature in the walk along with innocent sounding places like the Cornhill!
- Signs and Symbols – Friday 8 November 2pm Seahorses, flying oxen and green men are just a few of the exotic symbols to be found on Ipswich buildings.
- Our Glorious Churches – Thursday 14 November 2pmIpswich is blessed with a large number of excellent churches. This walk will visit some of the most important.