Guided history tours at Sutton House

The Great Chamber at Sutton House

When you visit Sutton House on a guided tour you'll discover the hidden delights of a Tudor home full of twists and surprises, nestled in the heart of Hackney.

Find out about the intriguing beginnings of Sutton House – the oldest house in Hackney – and journey through 500 years to the present day.

For between 45 minutes and an hour, one of our friendly and knowledgeable guides will take you on an entertaining, informative tour, revealing dozens of fascinating details about how the house has evolved over time.

As you go through Sutton House you’ll find out how it was a seat of Tudor power, with connections to King Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Thomas Cromwell.

Experience all the atmosphere of a Tudor house, with fine oak-panelled chambers, a great chamber, original fireplaces and a tranquil courtyard. And keep your eyes peeled for later period additions that reveal the house’s other histories.

The house has seen many transformations: it was a Victorian school, a Georgian home, a men’s institute in World War I, and a trades union office in the 1960s and '70s.

You will also see how squatters and anarcho-punks left a lasting legacy, rounding off Sutton House’s surprising and unique social history.

Plan your visit

Tours last between 45 minutes and an hour, and run on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.  They start promptly, so please arrive up to 15 minutes before your tour's start time.

They are suitable for all ages but will be especially interesting for adults and children aged 10+.