Christchurch Mansion

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Visiting Christchurch Mansion


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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.

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 bare 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 Collections

From musical instruments and toys to intricate glassware ceramics, the displays within Christchurch Mansion include something for everyone.

The Suffolk Artists Gallery is where you will find our incredible collection of Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable paintings.

The Wolsey Art Gallery

Situated within the Mansion, the Gallery hosts changing exhibitions, featuring objects from the Ipswich collections, as well as incredible loans.

Please note, the Gallery is currently closed for installation.

The logo for our exhibition, Power Of Stories

Coming Soon...

Open from 26th June – 24th October.

From folklore to fake news, people have told stories for thousands of years. Our Power of Stories exhibition will encourage visitors to think about how storytelling can be used as a tool to unite or divide people.

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Plan Your Visit

Opening Times

Tuesday – Saturday
10.00am – 4.00pm (November – February)
10.00am – 5.00pm (March – October)

11.00am – 4.00pm (November – February)
11.00am – 5.00pm (March – October)

Mondays closed

Free admission



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.

Please note, we are only able to accept card and contactless payments at present.



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.



Every effort has been made to make Christchurch Mansion a great place to visit for everybody.

If you have any access queries please contact us and we will be happy to help.

Christchurch Mansion is typically busy between 10am – 12noon. If you are looking for a quieter time to visit, we recommend the afternoon.

Our regular facilities are listed below. Please note, following our closure due to Covid-19, some things may be temporarily unavailable. For further details, please click here.

  • A set of double of doors at the main entrance.
  • Access information for visitors with mobility impairments.
  • Manual wheelchair available for use.
  • Twiddlemuffs (sensory aids) available on request.
  • Images and information about the upper floor rooms in the China Room on the ground floor.
  • Handrails on the internal steps leading to The Wolsey Art Gallery.
  • An accessible entrance to The Wolsey Art Gallery, accessed from the park with a low-level buzzer to alert staff.
  • Baby changing facilities.
  • Guide and helping dogs are welcome.
  • An accessible toilet on the ground floor.
  • Hands-on and sensory experiences.
  • British Sign Language interpretation at selected events.
  • Free drinking water available on request.
  • For information on nearby Blue badge parking, visit the Ipswich Borough Council website

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