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Address: Dial Lane, Ipswich, England
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The 15th-century church has the oldest set of church bells in the world....

The 15th-century church has the oldest set of church bells in the world. The church was reopened as a community restaurant and gallery in July 2008. The church's tower features the oldest ring of church bells remaining in the world. The five bells, hung in a modern steel frame for change ringing, are known as "Wolsey's bells", after Cardinal Wolsey who was raised in the area.

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FANTASTIC PLACE TO EAT OR DRINK IN IPSWICH

This place is truly amazing and we always go when we want a snack, lunch or just a drink. It can sometimes feel a little hot inside however the tables are nicely spaced out and... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2015
Beverley D
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 10 January 2016

A nice church with some really good history. Very old bells! Using it for a cafe or alternative use is plain silly, like many other Ipswich churches, they should either be a place of worship or demolished and replaced with flats etc.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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Reviewed 11 October 2015

This place is truly amazing and we always go when we want a snack, lunch or just a drink. It can sometimes feel a little hot inside however the tables are nicely spaced out and everything is on one level with slope to bathrooms so very friendly for buggies and wheelchairs. Staff and excellent too and its a great social... More 

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Thank Beverley D
Felixstowe, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 12 August 2015

We usually visit this wonderful old church when in Ipswich as this is where go get the best bacon roll in town. The drinks & other snacks are also good & the staff are always pleasant & the prices are good. Don't be put off by it being in a church as we have never had a bad experience in... More 

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Thank Jim G
Derby, United Kingdom
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1,159 reviews
885 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 274 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2015

Ipswich has an abundance of old churches, and this one was redundant and unused for many years. It has now been transformed into an excellent café but, at the same time, preserving many of the church's original features. The café is light and airy, and serves an excellent selection of food and drink.

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Thank mjc404
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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148 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2015

This is a redundant church now used as a cafe. It's large and spacious and there is a wonderful skull above a tablet on the wall. Not seen the like anywhere else. Oh, and it has the oldest bells in the world.

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Thank camphillian
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2015

The cafe is run as a social enterprise with some disabled staff, so there is the added benefit of supporting a good cause. The food is well cooked and good value for money. Mostly snacks like sandwiches, baguettes, panini, cakes and a soup - but there is usually a hot special which is a very welcome way to get a... More 

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Thank Ruth J
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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369 reviews
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Reviewed 4 February 2015

Sitting in here made me feel humble so much history i thought as i enjoyed my cake and cup of tea ,very fairly priced as well,fantastic stain glass windows, church bells which go back to the 15th Century.very friendly staff lovely place give it a look if visiting Ipswich ,well done Ipswich council reviving this lovely building

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Thank leolion123
Kesgrave, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2015

Charming people with excellent food in an incredible setting. You should def' support this special venture

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Thank 409Tony1947409
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2014

I am a regular visitor to St.Lawrence. It is very spacious and there is a beautiful stain glass window that is truly beautifu. They have a range of cakes and the scones are talk of the town. The staff are friendly and some of the staff have a learning disability so it's great that they have found employment and stay... More 

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Bungay, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 August 2013 via mobile

I was impressed to see how big this cafe was inside and there was lots of space for buggys and wheel chairs, this was ideal as some cafes you cannot get into as they are so small and cramped. The menu could do with being updated with more choice on it, I could not even find any chips on it... More 

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