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Christchurch Mansion

 Christchurch Mansion

About Us

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 and much more!

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

There is a cafe on site (seasonal opening times) where you can relax over tea or coffee, cakes or lunch or grab a picnic to eat in the park.


Mansion Tours
The Friends of Ipswich Museums offer free short daily tours of the Mansion called 'A Peep into the Past'. These take place at 11am, Tuesday - Saturday and 2pm on Sunday, March to November only.

Full tours can be booked at other times by contacting Christchurch Mansion on 01473 433554.

Admission Costs


Opening Hours

November to February

Tuesday to Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Sunday: 11am - 4pm

Mondays closed


March to October

Tuesday to Saturday: 10am - 5pm

Sunday: 11am - 5pm

Mondays closed


Please check the Mansion's website for the most up-to-date opening information.


Christchurch Park
Soane Street

Tel : 01473 433554 

Email : museums@ipswich.gov.uk

Latitude: 52.06062252° 52' 41.1° N Longitude: 1.1581741 ° 26' 15.9° E


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Gift Shop on site selling books, posters, educational resources and gifts for all ages.

Tea Room serving hot and cold drinks, snacks, lunch, afternoon tea including fresh sandwiches, tea cakes, scones, chocolate bars and crisps.

Tea Room opening times:

19th - 27th February  11.00 - 15.00
5th - 31st March 11.00 - 15.00
1st April - 27th November 10.00 - 16.00


Partly accessible.

    •    The main entrance has a set of double of doors. Staff greet visitors at this entrance so help is always at hand.
    •    A manual wheelchair is available for use, if required. Please ask at reception.
    •    Currently only the ground floor displays are accessible. Images and information about the upper floor rooms can be viewed in the China Room on the ground floor.
    •    There are internal steps (with handrails) leading to the Wolsey Art Gallery. An accessible entrance can be found at the side of the Mansion, accessed from the park. There is a low-level buzzer at this entrance to alert staff.
    •    The Tea Room can also be accessed externally at the side of the Mansion. There is level access from inside the Mansion, although the doorway is narrow with a tight turning circle of 90° which may be difficult for some wheelchair users.
    •    An accessible toilet is located on the ground floor.
    •    There are hands-on and sensory experiences at various points throughout the Mansion.
    •    We provide British Sign Language interpretation at selected events. Please see our Events Calendar for details.

How to Find Us

To reach Ipswich by road, use the A12 or A14 and follow signs to Ipswich town centre.

The Mansion is a ten minute walk from Ipswich Museum, approximately 20 minutes from the railway station, and five minutes from Tower Ramparts bus station in the town centre.

There is no parking at Christchurch Mansion, but it is located in the town centre.  There are a number of car parks which you can use, the closest being the Crown and Spiral car parks.  Please visit www.ipswich.gov.uk/parking for up-to-date information.


Some Photos of Our Museum

Christchurch Mansion
Christchurch Mansion

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