Church of St Mary-at-the-Quay, Ipswich, Suffolk

Foundation Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1BZ
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Quay Place: A Heritage and Wellbeing Centre

Quay Place is a unique regeneration project that has come about through a ground-breaking partnership between The Churches Conservation Trust, and Suffolk Mind. St Mary's has been transformed into a unique centre that brings together Wellbeing and Heritage to create a place that is inclusive and welcoming to all.  Quay Place offers a wide range of complementary therapies, mind and body exercise classes, workplace wellbeing, heritage activities, healthy café, meeting rooms and event space. A place to relax and recharge in both mind and body. Find out more and see what's on at


The history of St Mary's

This medieval church lies next to Ipswich's regenerated quayside. It was built, or perhaps rebuilt, between 1450 and 1550. Elegant Perpendicular windows bathe the interior - and its handsome arcades - with light. The wonderful Medieval double hammerbeam roof in the nave (one of the earliest of its type) has carved figures of apostles, other worthies and less formal images in the spandrels. There is also a handsome octagonal fifteenth-century font.

Please click here for a free audio tour

This church costs £1,660 a year to maintain. Please make a contribution towards it's upkeep at our donate page:

A contribution can also be made by texting "IPQ" to 70970 to donate £5 or 70191 to donate £10.  Thank you.