School visits at the Museum of Childhood

School bell and the blackboard in the recreated Victorian Schoolroom at The National Trust Museum of Childhood at Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire

At the Museum of Childhood children can compare lives and experiences from the 19th century to the present day in seven themed galleries covering different aspects of childhood from adventure, working children, school days and much more.

The galleries here at the Museum of childhood contain objects past and present, films, stories and activities showing how childhood has changed over the generation.

You can choose to take your class on a self led tour of the museum or we offer learning workshops led by our fully trained learning team. Each activity lasts for approximately one hour depending on class size and age. We are happy to discuss any special requirements and to work with you to develop activities.

Visit the vistorian school room
a volunteer take a victorian school lesson


Our learning facilities


The guided sessions take place in either the Museum galleries or in our dedicated learning rooms. There is a school lunch area inside the Museum and children can also enjoy a run around our outdoor woodland play area.

The Museum has a lift and is fully accessible to visitors with disabilities. Please let us know of any special requirements you have prior to your visit so we can make it as fulfilling as possible.  Please note we can only accommodate a maximum of four wheelchair users at one time.

There's lots to do in the Woodland Play Area
Brother and sister having fun in the Woodland Play Area


School visit prices


Entry into the Museum is £3.70 per child (one adult free with every six children for KS1 and with every eight children for KS2).

Admission is free to Education Group Membership schools. For all schools we charge £2.40 per child for our guided activities.

Play back in time
The Outdoor Adventure Gallery at The National Trust Museum of Childhood at Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire


Booking a visit


All school visits need to be booked in advance. For more information on any of the activities or to make a booking please telephone our learning team on 01283 586805 or send us an email sudbury.learning@nationaltrust.org.uk.

We offer free preliminary visits for teachers when a school has made a booking. We welcome groups of up to 60 and are open for school bookings from late February to December, Mondays to Fridays, term time only.  Please note we work to Derbyshire school term times.

Create your own festive mini-me and then come back to see it displayed for Christmas
Paperchain dolls for Christmas in the Museum of Childhood

Guided activities


We can offer guided activities led by our fully trained learning team. Each activity lasts for one hour and we have organised what we offer by Key Stage as all of our activities have cross-curricular links.

children handle old toys in the museum of childhood

Educational visits information booklet

Are you looking for a fun but educational school trip? Here at The National Trust Museum of Childhood we've got a variety of bookable sessions to suit KS1 to KS3. This booklet will have the information you need to help plan your visit.