Walking Tours of Historic Ipswich

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

Gordon Harris, Ipswich town historian, chairman of the Ipswich Historical Commission, and editor of Historic Ipswich, the commission’s website, leads the Walking Tours 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.


Scheduled tours begin in the spring and continue into the fall at 2 pm.


The charge is $10 per person., which you can pay with cash or check at the beginning of the tour. Small children are free. To reserve or to arrange a special group tour, email Gordon Harris at historicipswich@gmail.com. Please leave your name and the date of the tour you are interested in joining. Advance registration is not required, but tours are canceled if there are no preregistrations.

Driving Directions: 

Tours begin in front of the Ipswich Public Library at Meeting House Green or the Ipswich Visitor Center on South Main Street. Please check the calendar for the date and location of the next tour.


  • Family Friendly


  • Walking & Hiking
  • Recreation & Tours