Autumn at Sudbury Hall and The National Trust Museum of Childhood

Sudbury Hall with Autumn Leaves

The evenings are drawing in and the air is distinctly cooler, as autumn transforms our landscapes there’s plenty to enjoy at Sudbury this season. From crunchy leaves beneath your feet to spectacular bursts of warm colour throughout nature, you’re sure to experience something new each time you visit.

A misty autumn morning at Sudbury Hall
A misty autumn morning at Sudbury Hall
A misty autumn morning at Sudbury Hall

Autumn Colour

Autumn is one of the most vibrant times in the gardens at Sudbury, as the trees explode into vibrant shades of orange, red and gold. We have a wide array of impressive trees, some dating back to the 17th century, including numerous varieties of oak, beech and limes, as well as some less common specimens such as the amazing tulip tree, Indian horse chesnut and walnut trees. Look closely and you’ll see a multitude of seed pods, fruit and nuts hanging amongst the branches, ready to be eaten by hungry animals! You can hunt for walnuts, acorns, beech nuts and sweet chesnuts to roast, pickle and even grind to make flour! Also keep a look out for winter berries, such as holly and hawthorn. These berries provide a vital food source for many birds during the winter, especially when the ground is too frozen to hunt for insects, worms or snails.

Sudbury winter berries
red winter berries
Sudbury winter berries

Peaceful afternoons

During the summer months, thanks to the lake, Sudbury is a wildlife hotspot but as the birds begin to head off to sunnier climates an atmosphere of calm decends. Here at Sudbury we're lucky enough to get beautiful starling murmurations in the early evening which really are truly spectacular. As the birds begin to head off to sunnier climates, the garden returns to its usual calm.  

Starlings taking to the sky over Sudbury lake
A starling murmuration over Sudbury lake
Starlings taking to the sky over Sudbury lake

Fancy a walk?

Why not pick up one of our new village trail maps from visitor reception and explore what would once have been the beating heart of Sudbury Estate. Follow the trail and learn about the history and uses of the buildings and features along the way.

Sudbury Village walking map (PDF / 1.796875MB) download

Explore Sudbury's estate history
village lodge at Sudbury Hall
Explore Sudbury's estate history