Heritage Open Days - The Old Bell Funeral Home

Visitors are welcome to come in and see the refurbished ground floor of The Old Bell Inn for Heritage Open Days.

The Old Bell Inn, we are led to believe, was the oldest hostelry in Ipswich and is said to have sold beers for at least 500 years.

It ceased trading as a public house probably about eleven to thirteen years ago and lay derelict for several years. Plans had been drawn up to make it an eatery combined with a small hotel but economically did not appear a viable plan. It was eventually purchased about 6 years ago by the Gwinnell family who sympathetically renovated the ground floor. The Old Bell is now a Funeral Directing establishment complete with Chapel of Rest and Mortuary. The first floor still remains untouched but it is hoped that eventually it too will be renovated and become part of the whole operation of R Gwinnell & Sons.

Event Times

Saturday 11 September: 10am - 3pm 

Booking Details

No booking required


Access to the on-site car park is easiest from Wherstead Road, Vernon Street direction.

Additional Information

Max 6 people per tour/session. A visit can be completed in 10-15 minutes.

Contact for the day: Mr Matthew Gwinnell - 01473 351800



The Old Bell Inn is easily visible from Stoke Bridge, on the junction from the Historic Waterfront towards St Mary at Stoke Church and the Railway Station.

Event name:
Heritage Open Days - The Old Bell Funeral Home
Free Entry
Opening Hours:
One off