School visits at the Museum of Childhood

Children and families laughing at Sudbury Hall

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

The collection here at the Museum of Childhood contains objects both past and present, films, stories and activities showing how childhood has changed over the generations.

Our experienced learning team guide school groups around the museum, facilitating opportunities for exploration and engagement with the collection.

Our education workshops provide opportunities for focused learning time and fun interactive experiences. These bookable workshops last approximately one hour, depending on class size and the age, and take place in our Learning Rooms or Museum Galleries led by our learning team.

We are happy to discuss your learning objectives and any special requirements your group may have when making your booking.  For more information please take a look at our Educational Visits Programme (PDF / 0.5MB) download  booklet.

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

Our learning facilities

All floors within the museum are accessible via a lift, and there are accessible toilets in the museum.  Please be aware that access to the museum is via an uneven cobbled pathway.  To ensure that we can evacuate everyone safely in the event of a fire, we can only accommodate a maximum of four wheelchair users who could not use the stairs in an emergency at any one time. For more information about access at Sudbury, please read our access statement.

There is a lunch room available for booked school visits, and in nice weather you are welcome to have your lunch outside. Food and drink is not allowed anywhere in the museum other than in the dedicated lunch room.

Schools are welcome to visit the shop as part of their visit, but please let us know in advance if you would like to do this.  We also have an outdoor woodland play area, which can be used as part of your visit if the weather allows.

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

School visit prices

There are two elements to a school visit to Sudbury which are charged separately.

Admission into the Museum is £3.70 per student.

Admission is free to schools with Education Group Membership. 

Education Group Membership is specially designed to allow education groups free entry to most places owned by the National Trust. This type of membership is for not-for-profit groups or home educators whose members, pupils or students are in full-time education. 

For all schools there is a charge £2.40 per student for our education workshops.

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

Booking a visit

Please book all school visits 6 weeks in advance.

To make a booking enquiry please email: or call 01283 586805.  Please be aware that during school hours the learning team will usually be delivering sessions to visiting schools, so please leave an answerphone message, or send us an email with your details and we will get back to you as soon as we can. To help us deal with you booking enquiry efficiently, please let us know:

  • How many students you would like to bring and year group/s.
  • Whether your school is an EGM member, or will be on the date of your visit.
  • Which education workshop you would like on your visit.

We would encourage you to take advantage of the free preliminary visit we offer as part of your visit.  This will help you to understand the site and the spaces where we will offer activities.

We welcome groups of up to 60 students per day for Reception and Key stage 1, and 45 students per day for Key stage 2.

Please enquire for all other groups of students including Key stage 3+ and for college and university groups.

We are open for school bookings Mondays to Fridays throughout the school year.  Please note that we cannot accommodate school bookings during Derbyshire School Holidays.

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 education workshops. This booklet will have the information you need to help plan your visit.