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.
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.
Historic house or home
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm throughout the year.
Please check the website for Christmas closing dates.
The ground floor is accessible but unfortunatley there is no lift to take visitors to the first floor.
Christchurch Mansion is a 16th Century house built in an historic park. The rooms are furnished in various styles from Tudor to Victorian periods. Also in the house is the Suffolk Artists Gallery; which displays visual art from Ipswich Museums and Galleries Collection. Christchurch Mansion houses the most significant collection of Constable and Gainsborough paintings outside London.
Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Maritime, Music, Personalities, Social History, Weapons and War
Key artists and exhibits
- Contemporary Visual Arts
Aspire. The Year of Constable
- 7 February 2015 — 31 January 2016 *on now
Christchurch Mansion will be hosting John Constable’s masterpiece Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows throughout 2015. This painting was acquired for the nation and is part of the Aspire partnership programme enabling audiences of all ages to enjoy and learn more about the work of John Constable. Aspire is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund.
There will be a range of activities and events connected with the painting see the website for more details.
- Any age
Days with Dad: Mother's day gifts
- 7 March 2015 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-3:30pm
Make mum a special Mother's Day present - choose smaller individual items like bracelets or candles to decorate or create a whole family gift like a willow lantern or ceramic plate.
There may be spaces available on the day but to ensure a place book in advance by calling: Ipswich bookings 01473 433691
- Any age
£5 per family, up to 4 children.
Clay flora paperweights
- 1 April 2015 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-3:30pm
- 2 April 2015 10:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-3:30pm
Using clay and a range of flowers to imprint patterns, create your own fabulous paperweight or fridge magnet to take home and paint once dry.
- Any age
£3 per child.
- 9 April 2015 10:30am-12pm, 1-2:30pm, 3-4:30pm
- 10 April 2015 10:30am-12pm, 1-2:30pm, 3-4:30pm
Work with an artist to create amazing mixed media artwork inspired by clouds and the sky. All materials provided, just bring your imagination.
There may be spaces available on the day. To ensure a place book in advance by calling: Ipswich bookings 01473 433691
- Any age
£2 per child.
More than a Visit
A group of secondary schools are taking part in our new scheme to provide a free artist led workshops and talks in secondary schools. The schools taking part are using the exhibition as course work and the workshop and talk are linked to the theme and techniques of the exhibition. Selected final year student artists from Suffolk College will deliver the talks and workshops.
To register your interest for future projects please contact the email@example.com