St Peter's by the Waterfront

St Peter's by the Waterfront
St Peter's Church
College Street

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014



For information about the heritage centre and about the events going on in the centre


For information about the heritage centre and about the events going on in the centre

01473 225269

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St Peter's by the Waterfront
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St Peter's by the Waterfront is a heritage centre in one of the former mariner churches on the historic waterfront of Ipswich.

The Church is important in the history of Ipswich, and was once the chapel to the short lived Cardinal College set up by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey in the 16th century with major renovations taking place at this time and in the Victorian era.

All that remains of the college is St Peter's and the "Wolsey Gate", a water gate situated on the South perimeter wall of the church.

Opened in May 2008 the centre hosts historic artefacts from the Church's history and the locally commissioned Ipswich Charter hangings.

The centre is also a home for the arts, including the Ipswich Hospital Band who were behind the renovation of the building turning it into a heritage centre and concert venue.

Venue Type:

Heritage site

Opening hours

May to September: Monday to Friday between 10:00am and 3:30pm
October to May: Wednesday between 10:00am and 3:00pm

St Peter's is also open to the public for special events such as Heritage Open Days and for concerts and productions as advertised on our website.

Admission charges

Free to the public during normal opening hours. Concerts, productions and events charged for, see website for information on events.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Heritage Open Days 2014: St Peter's by the Waterfront

  • 11 — 14 September 2014

St Peter’s by the Waterfront has displays about the history of St Peter’s Church in the town of Ipswich from the 12th century to the present day as well as the Ipswich Charter Hangings made to commemorate the 800 year anniversary of the granting of the Royal Charter to Ipswich and the beginning of the new Millennium, which depict Ipswich through the ages.

The building contains a great number of artefacts including the 800 year old rare Tournai Marble Font, the magnificent East Window and the many architectural features by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey when St Peter’s was the chapel for his short-lived Cardinal College in the 16th century.

The weekend of 13th and 14th September will feature a selection of craft stalls and live music from local groups. We will also have additional displays from the Over Stoke History Group.


Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.