Ickworth Park Walks
A circular walk around the parks and gardens at Ickworth in Bury St Edmunds. There are 1,800 acres of parkland to explore with lakes, woodland and arable fields to enjoy. The walk also takes you through the beautiful Italianate garden which is the oldest of its kind in England. Here you'll also find the 18th century Italian Rotunda, built by the 4th Earl of Bristol to house his collection of Italian art and sculpture.
The route below is devised for walkers but much of the park is also great for cycling, with bike hire available from the Ickworth hotel. Please click here for more information. Also of interest is the Newmarket to Bury St Edmunds cycle route which runs along National Cycle Route 51 and passes close to Ickworth Park.
PostcodeIP29 5QE - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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Ickworth Park Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Ickworth Park Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Ickworth Park OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Ickworth Park Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
There's two fine National Trust cafes at the site. They serve excellent fresh food made from sustainable sources.
Another nice option is to head into Bury St Edmunds and visit The Nutshell. It's a quirky little place confirmed to be Britain's smallest pub, with a bar that measures just 15ft by 7ft. Despite its size there's a number of unusual items inside including a mummified cat, currency notes on the ceiling, historical photos, military items and an aeroplane propeller. As such the Victorian pub is a local tourist attraction and well worthy of some investigation. You can find them at 17 The Traverse, with a postcode of IP33 1BJ for your sat navs.
The expansive park is ideal for dog walking with woodland trails and lovely parkland for them to explore. You are asked to please keep them on leads throughout the estate because of the wildlife. Dogs are not allowed in the Italianate garden, Walled Garden or inside the buildings.
Just to the east of the park there's Hardwick Heath which is a popular place for dog walkers. They can run around off lead here.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the east of the park you'll find Hardwick Heath and Nowton Park. The Victorian landscaped park includes a lime avenue, sculptures and a visitor centre.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Suffolk Walks page.