Historic Walking Tours of Ipswich

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20 Union Street
Ipswich, MA 01938
(978) 979-6598

Gordon Harris, chairman of the Ipswich Historical Commission and editor of Historic Ipswich, the commission’s website, leads the Walking Tour of Historic Ipswich, a 1.5 hour guided walk with stops at historic sites. They visit the South Green, the East End, High Street and return on North Main Street through the Meetinghouse Green Historic District. You’ll hear stories about life in America’s best-preserved Puritan town, View First and Second Period homes and other interesting architecture, and explore the unique geography of our town. It’s a fun way to get outdoors for some light exercise and step back in time to early Ipswich!  Walking distance varies depending on the pace of each group.

Please reserve in advance: 

  • Please check the Ipswich Visitor Center calendar to make sure the tour is available on the desired date.
  • Call or text Gordon at (978) 979-6598.
  • Use the email above to send an email - please include your cell phone number so they can contact you.


Tour Schedule: Tours begin at 10:00 AM most Saturday mornings spring through fall.


$10 per person. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by parents. Advance registration is not required; please email or call with number of attendees. Cash or checks are accepted, no credit cards.

Driving Directions: 

Location: This tour starts across the river from the Ipswich Visitors Center at the nearby Ipswich Riverwalk Mural behind the EBSCO buildings and Zumi’s.


  • Family Friendly


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