Visiting Sudbury this Summer

a sunny view of the hall

From exploring the Hall and museum to a cracking slice of cake, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained on a day out at Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood. We hope this guide will help you to get the most out of your visit.

Join a tour and learn more
visitors enjoying a hall tour
Join a tour and learn more

A journey through time in the Hall...

Step back to 1967 as we celebrate Sudbury Hall’s 50th year with the Trust. Take a glimpse at times gone by and learn about the challenges the Trust faced creating the Sudbury we see today. Why not join our 1960s curator Christopher wool on one of his Tuesday tours?  Top to toe in tweed with a floral flourish and lashings of 60s sass, he may be a fictional character but he sure does know his facts about the Hall and its history!

Admission to the hall is by timed ticket to allow you time to enjoy the hall without being stuck in a crowd. Make sure you book at the Ticket Office when you arrive to avoid long waiting times on busy days. Members will also need a timed ticket.

Throughout the summer holidays (22 July – 3 September) the Hall will be open every day from 11am-5pm (Tours only on a Tuesday) . Opening times during term time are slightly different – please check details on opening times.


Step back into a world of memories and explore how childhoods have changed over the generations. We have an extensive collection of toys through the ages right up to modern day. Pop in and see gallery 8 where our Host School have done an amazing job to create their own exhibition as part of a Heritage Lottery Fund Exploring Childhoods project.

a blast from the past
an old fashions sweet selection tin
a blast from the past

For little adventurers

To keep little adventurers happy we have a woodland play area hidden beneath the trees. There’s plenty of climbing, running and jumping to be done. Sudbury has a large lawn down by the lake which is perfect for letting off steam, or an epic game of tag!

The climbing wall, Woodland Play Area
Little girl on the climbing wall of the Woodland Play Area at Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire
The climbing wall, Woodland Play Area

Crafts and workshops

Throughout the summer we’ll be running a variety of drop in crafts and bookable workshops. With the theme changing every week in the summer holidays there’s something different every time you visit.

make a paper flower in  the craft tent

Get Sussed out for Summer 

Need a bit of summer holiday inspiration? You're in luck, here at Sudbury We've got summer sussed with all sorts of crafts, workshops and even some outdoor theatre!

Relax with a cuppa and a cake

Stop by the Stable yard tea rooms for a little refresher, there’s freshly made cakes on offer or indulge in a cuppa and cream tea …mmmmmm.

people sitting in the sun outside sudbury tea room

The Coach House tea rooms 

Come and sample some of the lovely cakes and scones on offer in Sudbury's Coach House tea rooms. Sit back in the summer sunshine and relax with a glass of something cold.