Holywells Park is one of Ipswich Borough Council’s flagship parks. The historic parkland extends to over 28 hectares a mile south-east of the town centre and next to the Waterfront and University Campus Suffolk. A £3.5 million restoration project, largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund has transformed Holywells, bringing the Stable Block and Orangery back to life and improving facilities for visitors. There is also a restored walled garden, a modern children's play area, water play feature, bowling green and section of a national cycle route.
The Park is roughly heart shaped, forming a bowl-shaped valley with a wooded rim that exhibits remnant heathland vegetation around the high eastern edge. The prominent features within the valley are a series of wildflower meadows, an orchard, a moated site and a spring-fed system of ponds, special landscape features in the 18th Century painting by Thomas Gainsborough. The water provides an attractive focus and a continuous sense of movement through the centre of the park and featured in the brewing process at the nearby Cliff Quay Brewery. The park is designated as a County Wildlife Site, in recognition of the high biodiversity value found in the diverse range of habitats.
Holywells Park is very much community based. An active Friends Group works in partnership with the Council and others to host public events throughout the year and a Green Bike social enterprise is based in the Stable Block.