Soane Street Ipswich IP4 2BE
Christchurch Mansion is a Tudor brick mansion located in Christchurch Park, on the edge of Ipswich town centre. The mansion is built on the site of the Holy Trinity Priory, which was founded in the 12th century.
During Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries, the priory was dissolved and the land was purchased by Paul Withypoll, Master Merchant Taylor and Merchant Adventurer, who died in 1547. Upon the manor, known as Christ Church Withipoll, his son and heir Edmund Withypoll built Christchurch Mansion in 1548-50, the ground floor masonry of which still remains to this day.
The Grade I listed building houses a collection of pottery and glass, a contemporary art gallery and a collection of paintings by artists including John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough.
Many of the rooms are preserved as past inhabitants would have known them, complete with original items of fine clothing. Explore the period rooms, from the Tudor kitchen to the sumptuous Georgian saloon and the beautifully detailed Victorian wing.
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.
Visitors can also explore the Wolsey Art Gallery. Situated within the Mansion, the Gallery offers a programme of changing exhibitions, featuring objects from the Ipswich collections as well as loans from exhibits all over the world.
The house sits within 70 acres of public park which features many beautiful trees, rolling lawns and ponds.
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.