Visiting The Children's Country House at Sudbury

Carousel horse in the Museum

Have fun with history at The Children’s Country House at Sudbury. We are open every Saturday and Sunday (from 7 May 2022), and through most school holidays from 10am - 5pm by timed tickets. To get the most out of your visit, read on to find out how to book and what to expect.

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Booking your tickets 

You’ll need to prebook your visit with us, even if you have a National Trust membership. 
 
Tickets can be booked in half hour slots, up to 4 weeks in advance and up to 8am on the day (subject to availability). You can book your tickets through the Digitickets booking system using the link below. 
 

Changing your booking

If you need to amend the time or date of your booking, you can do this through your Digitickets account online, up to 24 hours before your booked timeslot. Please note, you can only amend your booking if you have created a Digitickets account, which can only be done at the time of booking. 

If your plans change and you can’t make your timeslot, you can easily update this. The link can be found in your confirmation email under 'changing your booking'.

To cancel your booking, please call our booking team on 0344 249 1895.

We really appreciate you doing this as soon as possible so the tickets can be made available for other visitors. 

Opening days and times 

From 7th May, The Children’s Country House at Sudbury is open every Saturday and Sunday, from 10.00am - 5.00pm with the last ticket admission slot being 2.30pm - 3.00pm. 

During most school holidays we are open 7 days a week, from 10.00am - 5.00pm with the last ticket admission slot being 2.30pm - 3.00pm.


Things to see and do 

The Children’s Country House is a place to have fun with history. Whilst we complete the transformation there are two core spaces to enjoy when you visit The Children’s Country House at Sudbury:

The Museum - Explore the different spaces in The Children’s Country House Museum, which celebrate the escapades and challenges of childhood across the centuries. Be creative and curious as you get stuck in with activities to bring your experience to life. You don’t have to be young, only young at heart to enjoy the fun. 

The Garden – Outdoor adventures await in the Garden. Enjoy walks through the historic parterre which echos formal planting plans, and colourful displays supporting a variety of pollinators. Stroll by the lake and explore new spaces that have been opened up, as we continue to work with children to further develop the Garden and decide what the future should look and feel like. 

The Hall will open later in 2022.

 

Eating

Serving a range of sandwiches and snacks, plus hot and cold drinks, our Fairytale Forest Café is open from 10am - 5pm every day that we are open. Grab a quick bite and eat under the cover of a giant tree, in our themed café. 

Bring a picnic to enjoy in lots of great spots around the Garden or by the Boathouse beside the lake. There are plenty of picnic benches available both indoors and outdoors. 

We cater for a wide range of dietary requirements but if you need something specific it might be a good idea to bring a packed lunch with you. 

 

 
Shopping

 
The jungle inspired fundraising shop is located in the Stable Yard, beside the entrance to the Museum. This treasure trove of delights is run by our volunteers and is open on an ad-hoc basis. 

Inside the fundraising shop you will find a range of pre-loved children’s books, toys and games as well as a few books for the grown-ups. Purchase one of The Children’s Country House mascots as a pin badge, or even buy the instructions to make your very own mini-Sudbury at home. 

All purchases made in the shop, help go towards vital conservation work at The Children’s Country House and further developing the offer.

 

 

Facilities 

Our main visitor toilets are situated in the Stable Yard but there are also toilets available in the Museum. Baby changing facilities are available in most of our toilets around the property. 

You will find accessible toilets in the Stable Yard and in the Museum. 

 

Access 

We want to make sure that everyone can access The Children’s Country House. We will be launching a new access area of our website ahead of opening so please check back before your visit. Our Access Statement has more information. 

The Museum is laid out over three floors accessible via stairs and a lift. There are toilets on the ground floor and first floor which include accessible toilets and baby changing facilities. 

The Gardens are mainly grassed and very uneven. There are surfaced walkways throughout the gardens where the surfacing is large, loose gravel. 

All Parking is in our main visitor car park where there are designated disabled parking bays. There is a dedicated mobility vehicle which is fully wheelchair accessible and can be used for journeys to and from the car park. 

Manual wheelchairs are available to borrow free of charge. These are attendant propelled and so need assistance to push. We also have two all-terrain wheelchairs for use in our gardens and outdoor spaces. One of these can be self-propelled, the other needs someone’s assistance to push.

We are working on expanding our accessible services. Please check the website again ahead of your visit, or contact the property for further details. 

 

 
Dogs welcome in the grounds 

We love dogs and are happy to welcome all well-behaved dogs on short leads, in all areas of the outdoors.   
 
Only assistance dogs are allowed inside the buildings however. 


 
Groups and schools 

We are currently designing our offer for schools at The Children's Country House, please check back later for more information. 

If you are a school and would like to receive more information about our schools program when it is available, please contact Thom (thomas.bamforth@nationaltrust.org.uk) to be added to our mailing list.