Heritage Open Days, the annual European-wide celebration of architectural heritage this year takes place over the weekend of 13th and 14th September. Ipswich will have over 30 buildings, many of them not normally open to the general public, welcoming visitors free of charge over the weekend.
A number of buildings will be opening their doors for the first time as part of the event and a new attraction this year will be “Magical History Tours” of Holywells Park telling the history of the Manor of Wykes Bishop.
A free bus tour – aboard a heritage bus provided by Ipswich Transport Museum – will operate on the Saturday, taking in many of the buildings and there will be a variety of free Guided Walks – on both Saturday and Sunday – led by Ipswich Tourist Guides and by Ipswich Building Preservation Trust members, highlighting many of the buildings. Also open to the public will be the historic Sailing Barge “Victor” (built in Ipswich in 1895) at her berth outside the Old Custom House.
A Heritage Open Days brochure with details of all buildings open, walks and tours, is available, free of charge from Ipswich Tourist Information Centre, St Stephen’s Church (01473 258070, firstname.lastname@example.org)