Set in a historic Tudor mansion, Christchurch Mansion Museum boasts an amazing collection of art and historic artefacts dating back for over 500 years. This period museum is located in Ipswich, Suffolk, and is the ideal place to explore the long history of the region with your family - and a must-visit if you're staying in any nearby hotels in Suffolk. As well as authentically Tudor historic objects, Christchurch Mansion Museum has the largest number of Constable and Gainsborough paintings outside of the capital.
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Christchurch Mansion Museum is one part Tudor mansion house and one part art gallery - filled with all manner of local treasures, as well as works of art from some of the greatest landscape painters in the world. This Grade 1 listed building was originally built halfway through the 16th Century, falling under the ownership of the town in 1895. Today, it's one of Ipswich's main tourist attractions, a place where you can step back in time and explore an authentic Tudor kitchen or Georgian saloon.
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If you are staying Ipswich and planning a trip to Christchurch Mansion, be aware that the museum is typically closed on a Monday unless there is a special event. The museum has a range of family-friendly facilities, including a café that is open seasonally. Every day the Friends of Ipswich Museums delivers a fascinating tour, giving you and your family a glimpse into the comings and goings of a Tudor mansion and some fascinating insights into the region's long heritage.
Located in Ipswich, Christchurch Mansion is well placed in easy reach of some great hotels and guesthouses, including the beautiful Hintlesham Hall and the waterfront Salthouse Harbour Hotel. Wherever you're staying in Suffolk, a visit to Ipswich is definitely worth it, not only to visit the magnificent Christchurch Mansion but for all sorts of other fascinating local attractions, such the Sutton Hoo burial site, Ipswich Town Hall and New Wolsey Theatre. Ipswich is a very lively town with all sorts of shops and eateries dotted around the place, many of which you'll find around the picturesque Waterfront area.