Christchurch Mansion

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Visiting Christchurch Mansion

 

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From 27th January 2022, face coverings are no longer compulsory. For the safety and comfort of visitors and staff however, we recommend wearing one whilst inside our museums, unless you are exempt.

Please respect others’ personal space whilst visiting our sites, and be mindful when in ‘tighter’ spaces.

Please be mindful that our interactives are for the enjoyment of everyone, so use hand sanitiser before and after use.

Welcome

One of Suffolk’s most treasured buildings, this beautiful Tudor mansion is the jewel in the crown of Ipswich’s historic past, boasting over 500 years of history.

Explore the period rooms from the Tudor kitchen to the sumptuous Georgian saloon and the beautifully detailed Victorian wing.

Gaze at the fine collection of art from Suffolk artists including the biggest collection of Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable paintings outside of London.

Plan Your Visit

Opening Times

Tuesday – Saturday
10am – 4pm (November – February)
10am – 5pm (March – October)

Sunday
11am – 4pm (November – February)
11am – 5pm (March – October)

Mondays closed

 

Children

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

Pushchairs welcome, but the first floor is only accessible via stairs. Buggy parking available.

Free admission

Booking not required

 

Directions

Tours

Discover more about the collections, the house and the families who have called it their home with our free, ‘Peep into the Past’ tours.

Led by expert guides, these tours run between March and November, they last 30 – 40 minutes and there is no need to book. Simply meet your guide in the Great Hall at 11am Tuesdays – Saturdays or 2pm on Sundays.

For larger group bookings, email the Friends of the Ipswich Museums: contact@foim.org.uk.

 

Shop

Our museum shop offers a wide range of products, from greetings cards to beautiful homeware, as well as various pieces inspired by our current exhibition. Whether you’re looking for a memento or the perfect gift, we have something for all tastes and budgets.

The Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk exhibition is now closed, but the online shop remains open for orders.

 

Cafe

The Mansion Tea Room serves a range of hot and cold drinks, which are also available to take away. Throughout the day you can choose from a selection of fresh sandwiches, tea cakes, scones, chocolate bars and crisps.

If you would like to know more information on what is on offer or for any special requirements please contact Brad and Kate Firkins on 07772 834198.

The Tea Room can be accessed externally from the park. Alternatively, it has level access from inside the Mansion. Please note, the doorway is narrow, which may be difficult for some wheelchair users.

 

What You Can See

The Building

Christchurch Mansion is built on the site of the Holy Trinity Priory, which was founded in the 12th Century. 

The walls and floors bear the scars of over 450 years of changing designs. The rooms are set in period fashions from the Tudors right through to the Victorians.

 

The logo for our exhibition, Power Of Stories

The Rooms

Step back in time as you walk through Christchurch Mansion. From the Kitchen to the State Bedroom, the Butler’s Room to the Queen Anne Room, you can begin to imagine how the past owners of Christchurch Mansion and their servants would have lived.

Creating Constable

7th May – 25th September 2022

Paintings by John Constable and his Suffolk contemporaries are joined by new works including Landscapes at Noon. This installation by photographic artists Laurence Harding and Liz Harrington, explores a new way of viewing Constable’s The Hay Wain.

Landscape Rebels

22nd October – 16th April 2023

‘Landscape Rebels’ will explore how human impacts, including the climate crisis, are changing the landscape. How has landscape been depicted by artists, makers and people from Suffolk to across the world? 

Access

Whether you want to know when the Mansion is quieter, what to expect when you arrive or what facilities we have, simply follow the link below to find out more.

If you cannot find the answers you are looking for, please contact us on 01206 282939 or email museums@colchester.gov.uk and our team will be happy to help. 

Facilities

Museum gift shop.

Unisex and accessible toilets.

Free water bottle refills on request. The Mansion Tea Room serves a range of hot and cold drinks.

Baby changing facilities.

Pushchairs welcome, but the first floor is only accessible via stairs. Buggy parking available.

Wifi is not available.

The Mansion Tea Room serves light lunches and snacks. Food is not permitted in the rest of the Mansion. 

No parking available. For up-to-date information on local parking, please visit www.ipswich.gov.uk/parking.

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What's On

Events

Discover new ideas in Ipswich. Browse the diary to discover what’s on in Ipswich, including fun events for all the family, talks, tours and evening events for adults.

Exhibitions + Displays

Our programme draws from Ipswich’s own art and museum collections, as well as touring exhibitions and work by local artists. We also have an incredible array of permanent displays.

 

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