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Castle Hill, The Crane Estate
Castle Hill, The Crane Estate
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Festivals & Events


Ipswich Museum Visit the Ipswich Museum for special brown bag lunch events, lectures, and walking tours throughout the month. Details of all events are online at www.ipswichmuseum.org.

Audio Walking Tour of Ipswich The Ipswich Visitors Center is offering a self guided audio walking tour of Ipswich. The tour recounts many of the historic events that occurred in Ipswich, as well as a host of other information such as famous Ipswich artists, agriculture, wildlife, and activities available throughout the town. Enjoy fascinating stories about some of the 50+ First Period houses— more than any other town in America—and discover for yourself why Ipswich is named the“Birthplace of American Independence!”

A Visitor's Guide to the Crane Estate is a self-guided landscape tour booklet introducing visitors to Castle Hill, Crane Beach, and the Crane Wildlife Refuge. It is available from the Castle Hill gatehouse and may be mail ordered in advance of your visit.

Paine House Tours The historic Paine House at Greenwood Farm on Jeffrey's Neck Road in Ipswich is open for tours the first Sat. & Sun. of each month through Oct. One hour tours run 1-3 pm. the Last tour starts at 3 pm.

Tours are free to all on Saturdays. On Sundays, Trustees of Reservations members enter free, non-members pay $8 for adults and $5 for children. Recommended for children 8 and older. For info, call 978-356-4351 or visit www.thetrustees.org

Tour Castle Hill The Trustees of Reservations will open Castle Hill, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, a country place era estate and a National Historic Landmark, weekly for tours through October.

Ipswich Museum A new textile exhibit just opened featuring samplers, Ipswich bobbin lace, and several dresses created in the 1860s, such as a house dress with its own train, an “everyday” silk dress, and an exquisite brown dress in pristine condition fashioned from and trimmed in silk.

Price: $7 for one house, $10 for both; free to members. Open Wednesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays noon to p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tours begin on the half hour.

Ipswich Visitor Center located in the Hall-Haskell House at 36 South Main St. (SoCho District), is open on weekends during the month of May. Hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday, noon to 5 pm. The center will open seven days a week after Memorial Day weekend. The center offers maps, brochures, a walking audio tour and information on the town's 375th anniversary celebration.For more info, call (978)356-3580.

More Things To Do...
Tours, Activities & Adventures
in Ipswich and Surrounding Areas

For more information about attractions and things to do in Ipswich and on Boston's North Shore, visit the web sites below:

The Inn at Castle Hill www.theinnatcastlehill.com
Ipswich Visitor Center www.ipswichvisitorcenter.org
Olde Ipswich Tours www.ipswichtours.com
Essex National Heritage Area www.essexheritage.org
Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism www.mass-vacation.com
North of Boston Convention & Visitor’s Bureau www.northofboston.org
North Shore Chamber of Commerce www.northshorechamber.org





Castle Hill, Crane Estate
Castle Hill, The Crane Estate
Ipswich, Massachusetts

Castle Hill, Crane Estate Concert
Castle Hill, The Crane Estate
summer concert series

Other Town Attractions

Russell Orchards: open
9 am-6pm daily thru Oct

Foote Bros. Canoe Rental: open daily thru Oct

Wolf Hollow: open Sat and Sun at 1 pm, weather permitting

Appleton Farms: open year round daily, 8 am-sunset

Ipswich, Massachusetts

More than one million people visit Ipswich each year, intrigued by its architecture, sites of major historical significance, beautiful Crane beach, salt marshes and quaint downtown shopping district. Ipswich is a blend of past and present. Come see for yourself!

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