Heritage Open Days - Christchurch Mansion

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 history.

The rooms are set in period fashions from the Tudors right through to the Victorians. 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 an incredible collection of Thomas Gainsborough and John Constable paintings. 

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

Open from 26th June – 24th October - The Power of Storytelling Exhibition.

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

Three iconic costumes from Marvel Studios’ Black Panther will be woven into a patchwork of storytelling traditions from across time and place. The outfits of T’Challa, Shuri and Okoye featured in the ground-breaking film will sit alongside Marvel comics, historic museum objects and local stories.

From music to movies, carvings to cartoons, this exhibition will ask how the stories we know shape the way we see the world.

Event Times

Saturday 11 September: 10am - 5pm

Sunday 12 September: 11am - 5pm

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required

For your safety and comfort, visitors must book a ticket in advance for a timed entry to visit Christchurch Mansion. 

Click here to book.


As a Grade 1 listed building, there is no lift to the upper floors. There is easy access to the Wolsey Art Gallery via the Wolsey Garden but you will need to use the main Mansion entrance for visiting the house. Videos are available for those who cannot make it upstairs. Every effort has been made to make Christchurch Mansion a great place to visit for everybody. If you have any access queries please contact Heritage Open Days who will be happy to help.

Additional Information

Contact for the day: Carrie Calver - 01473 433554




Disabled parking is available within Christchurch Park via the Bolton Lane entrance, please note Blue Badges will need to be displayed. Off-street parking can be found at the top end of Christchurch Park on Westerfield Road and Park Road. Pay and Display parking can be found on Crown Street and Fonnereau Road which are a short walk away. Entrance to the Mansion will be via the Wolsey Art Garden, signposted with flags.

Event name:
Heritage Open Days - Christchurch Mansion
Free Entry
Opening Hours:
One off