Plan Your Visit


Christchurch Mansion

Soane Street

Ipswich IP42BE


Tuesday 20 August 2019 – Sunday 3 May 2020

exhibition hours

Tue - Sat: 10am - 5pm

Sun: 11am - 5pm

Mon: Closed (excluding 13 April 2020, 10am – 5pm)

Location & Facilities

The Mansion is located in the stunning grounds of Ipswich’s award winning Christchurch Park, which can be accessed through several entrances. The main entrance to the Mansion is on Soane Street.

Audio Tour

An audio description of the exhibition has been produced for those who are blind or partially sighted, which can be downloaded and used by all visitors.

To listen to the audio description you will need to download the audio file to your own portable device and bring this with you on your visit, or go to this web page from your own device and play the audio file below.

Explore Ipswich

Whilst you’re visiting Christchurch Mansion for Made in Suffolk, take some time see what else Suffolk’s county town has to offer.

Ipswich is a wonderful place to explore with great independent shopping, a vibrant arts scene of dance, film and theatre and some truly delicious and quirky places to eat, drink and stay.

Wander the beautiful Tudor streets in the town centre, shop along The Saints, visit the waterfront and maybe even explore the rest of Suffolk, from wide open countryside and ancient woodlands to spectacular beaches and coastline.

Getting there

By Car

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

There is no parking at Christchurch Mansion but Crown car park is a few minutes walk away. Please visit www.ipswich.gov.uk/parking for up-to-date information on car parking.

By Train

Ipswich is around 1 hour away from London and Norwich on the main train line. Arriving at Ipswich Station, the Mansion is approximately a 20 minute walk or short bus ride away – take any bus that stops at Tower Ramparts bus station and the Mansion is a five minute walk from there.

By Bus

The Mansion is a five minute walk from Tower Ramparts bus station in the town centre.

venue details

Gift Shop

A special gift shop has been created for the Made in Suffolk exhibition. Filled with the book that accompanies the exhibition, gifts and souvenirs, the Made in Suffolk gift shop has something for every exhibition visitor or Ed Sheeran fan.

The Mansion’s gift shop offers a wide range of products, from greetings cards to beautiful homeware, linked to the Mansion and its amazing collections. Whether you’re looking for a memento or the perfect gift, we have something for all tastes and budgets.


The Tea Room serves a range of hot and cold drinks, snacks, sandwiches, cakes, scones and more.

Got a special requirement? Call 01473 433560.


April – October:

10am to 5pm (Mon – Sun)

November – March:

10am to 3.30pm (Mon – Sun)


There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor of the Mansion and baby changing facilities, but these can only be accessed via the main entrance – any visitor to the Made in Suffolk exhibition requiring these facilities who is unable to use the steps from the Wolsey Art Gallery to the Mansion’s ground floor, will need to exit the Wolsey Art Gallery through the garden entrance and make their way to the Mansion’s front entrance. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


Every effort has been made to make Christchurch Mansion a great place to visit for everybody. However, as a Grade 1 listed building, with multiple floor levels providing access to all areas is difficult. The Wolsey Art Gallery where the Made in Suffolk exhibition is located is fully accessible with a step and ramp free entrance/exit situated in the Gallery’s garden. This is the main entrance for the exhibition and will be well signed.

We are developing a virtual tour of the upper floors of the Mansion to enable everyone to see it without needing to be able to use the stairs.

Christchurch Mansion