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Ipswich Guide To Doggy Days Out

The best places for you and man's best friend

days out with your dog in ipswich 


We understand that it’s not always easy to plan family trips when one of the nearest and dearest is a furry friend. It may be particularly difficult planning trips to unfamiliar towns without knowing all the best places to take your pooch where he/she will feel welcome and settled. Thankfully, Ipswich is a town filled with dog-friendly establishments plus parks and sites for your dog to explore and keep active. So, with dog-owners in mind, Ipswich Town & Waterfront have comprised some of the best places to eat, play and sleep to ensure your whole family have the best visit possible in Ipswich.

Chantry Park

days out with your dog in ipswich

Address: London Road, Ipswich, IP2 0BE

Description: When it’s not packed with music fans crowding to see their favourite artists performing on stage, Chantry Park is an ideal place for taking your dog for a long peaceful walk. Chantry Park is the largest park in Ipswich, there is plenty of room to let your puppy stretch its legs. The park is also home to two large duck ponds, a children’s play area and a cricket ground if you’re looking for a park that will provide entertainment for the entire family. With beautiful scenery and facilities for the whole family to enjoy, it won’t just be your dog that is having a brilliant time.

Additional Information: Architecture alert! At the north side of the park lies a 17th Century country house which has now been converted into the Sue Ryder care home.

Christchurch Park

days out with your dog in ipswich

Address: Soane Street, Ipswich, IP4 2BE

Description: Right at the heart of Ipswich Town, Christchurch Park is an ideal location for dog-owners. One of the most popular parks in Ipswich, Christchurch park covers over 70 acres of land, offering secluded pathways, ancient monuments, duck ponds and botanical gardens. Your dog will love the open space and there are plenty of things for the owners to enjoy too, including Fonnereau’s Tea-Rooms in which you can purchase refreshments and enjoy them in the newly refurbished garden seating area. Take your time and spend time discovering some of the hidden treasures that Ipswich’s most popular park has to offer.

Additional Information: Dog friendly park.

Felixstowe beach

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Address: Sea Road, Felixstowe, IP11 2DN

Description: If the sands in Ipswich aren’t enough for your energetic pup, then why not take a trip to Felixstowe beach. Technically it’s not a ‘thing to do in Ipswich’ but this is such a popular favourite for the people of Ipswich, how could we not share it with you? It is a 20 minute drive from Ipswich but it worth it for the humungous stretch of beach that you and your dog will be able to enjoy. Felixstowe beach is separated into two parts, Felixstowe and Old Felixstowe. In Felixstowe you will find ice-cream, hot dog stands and fish & chip shops as well as numerous arcades and markets to entertain the family. Unfortunately dogs are not permitted on the main beach area from May-September but there are other beaches either side of the restricted area that your dog can lounge on, including Old Felixstowe which is just slightly further down the road and much quieter.

Additional Information: Dog restrictions apply May-September. Free bay-parking along Sea Road.

Holywells Park

days out with your dog in ipswich

Address: Cliff Lane, Ipswich, IP3 0PG

Description: Holywells Park makes for a great day out for the entire family, particularly the children and our furry friends. Holywells Park has a large children’s area which has its own water features for children to run through in the summertime. It also has plenty of ponds to feed the ducks and go fishing for tadpoles whilst following some of the secret wooded trails. The dogs will be happy to scamper around the 67 acres of land which are well equipped with doggy bins and have plenty room to let your well-behaved dog off the lead. Recently refurbished the park is really a sight to behold.

Additional Information: Be alert when around the duck ponds as these are not fenced off. It may be wise to keep your pup on a lead until you cross this first section of the park.

Milsoms, Kesgrave Hall

days out with your dog in ipswich

Address: Hall Road, Kesgrave, IP5 2PU

Telephone: 01473 333741

Description: A boutique hotel that combines 23 bedrooms and a bar/brasserie for drinks and dining. Milsoms, Kesgrave Hall boasts luxury, comfort and complimentary mini-bars as well as an open-plan kitchen allowing diners to see exactly what goes on behind the scenes in the kitchen. There is also the option of outdoor dining 24 hours a day on the terrace which looks out over the grounds. Set in the beautiful Suffolk country-side this hotel is the perfect getaway from a busy lifestyle, friendly and attentive staff that create a welcoming atmosphere the moment you arrive, fantastic freshly cooked food and a variety of soft and alcoholic beverages make a for a great experience.

Additional Information: Well-behaved dogs are welcome to stay at Milsoms, Kesgrave Hall. Dogs are allowed out on the terrace but not in the bar area.

Orwell Country Park

days out with your dog in ipswich

Address: Bridge Wood, Orwell Country Park, Nacton Road, Ipswich, IP3 0LG

Telephone: Orwell country Park dog walking in Ipswich

Description: Orwell Country Park is a treasured wild-life preserve which offers a beautiful scenic route for dogs and owners alike. Stretching over 80 hectares, the Orwell Country Park is full of wild flowers and trails to follow – time it right and you might catch the bluebells in season. It is also maintained to the highest of standards and is cared for by the Ipswich Borough Council. It is also a close walk to the River Orwell with a trail that leads down to the scenic Nacton shores where you can view the Orwell Bridge and so your pooch can go for a paddle!

Additional Information: Lots of doggy-do-do bins around as the council are highly dedicated to preserving the grounds. Free car parking and toilets available on-site.

Suffolk Dog Day

days out with your dog in ipswich

Address: Helmingham Hall, Suffolk

Description: A whole day dedicated specifically to your furry, four-legged friends. The Suffolk Dog Day is designed with both dogs and dog owners in mind. There are plenty of stalls and activities for the owners and challenges and activities for the doggies too. A wonderful day out for your pooch to meet and play with other canines and enter some of the puppy pageants, if that’s what you wish. The next Suffolk Dog Day is to be confirmed and will be posted on Ipswich Town and Waterfront as soon as we know the date for 2016

Additional Information: Free parking on site. Dogs must remain on a lead, must have full and up-to-date inoculations and you must clear up after your dog.

The Greyhound

days out with your dog in ipswich

Address: 9 Henley Road, Ipswich, IP1 3SE

Telephone: 01473 252862

Description: The Greyhound is praised for being a dog-friendly pub/restaurant. In addition to its warming environment, The Greyhound has been voted Adnams pub of the year. Serving traditional pub food all year round, the Greyhound has received 4.5 stars on Tripadvisor and is voted number 12 of all pub restaurants in Ipswich, as voted by visitors.

Additional Information: Free parking in rear

The Lord Nelson

days out with your dog in ipswich

Address: 81 Fore St, Ipswich, IP4 1JZ

Telephone: 01473 407510

Description: The Lord Nelson is described as a traditional country pub, with all the features you would expect from a 17th century building including low beams on the ceiling and a full wooden interior. Situated adjacent to the waterfront in Ipswich The Lord Nelson is an ideal inn to eat and drink at before an evening out on the waterfront. During the day The Lord Nelson provides guests with a pub garden in which to try their full range of real ales, fine wines and spirits, plus their comprehensive lunch time and evening menus.

Additional Information: The Lord Neslon was formerly known as Noah’s Ark and has free wifi for guests.

The Salthouse Harbour Hotel

days out with your dog in ipswich

Address: 1 Neptune Quay, Ipswich, IP4 1AX

Telephone: 01473 226789

Description: The Salthouse Harbour Hotel is an eccentric 4-star hotel overlooking the Ipswich Waterfront Marina. The hotel boasts dazzling views of the harbour, The Salthouse Harbour Hotel is a favourite among the people of Ipswich and tourists who are visiting the Suffolk county town. The modern interiors and rooms are rich in design and adorned with vintage furniture, sculptures and eclectic art. The cuisine includes breakfast, dinner and the latest trend, afternoon tea! The independently owned hotel has a unique and arty style, a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere and only a few minutes’ walk from the Ipswich town centre and many other attractions.

Additional Information: Dogs are welcome in the hotel rooms for a small surcharge. Dogs allowed in the lounge area but not in the restaurant.

The Sorrel Horse

days out with your dog in ipswich

Address: Norwich Road, Barham, Ipswich, IP6 0PG

Telephone: 01473 830327

Description: Slightly further afield, The Sorrel Horse is a family run pub just 10 minutes outside of Ipswich. The traditional grade two listed building is situated in the quaint village of Barham and provides the ideal surroundings for a quiet drink and some traditional British pub grub. Sorrel Horse caters for many types of functions, whether it be a small group for drinks or large parties in which a marquee can be erected in case the weather isn’t favourable. The extensive garden with large children’s play area is ideal for hungry customers in the warmer months. The Sorrel Horse also offers furnished accommodation adjacent to the inn.

Additional Information: Please see website for up to date prices

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