Experience Christmas past at Sutton House

Open fire with Christmas trees and gifts at Sutton House, Hackney

Take a playful journey through 500 years of Christmas traditions with a tour of Hackney’s oldest house, whose halls will be decked for Christmas from 24 November to 22 December 2021. Visit for a guided tour on a Wednesday, Friday or Sunday, and see Christmas through the eyes of Sutton House's former residents - from Tudor times to the present day. Please note that Father Christmas isn't in residence at Sutton House this year.

At almost 500 years old Sutton House epitomises cosiness, with its panelled rooms, shuttered windows and huge fireplaces.  And this Christmas you can come in from the cold for a guided tour by candlelight, to enjoy it as the Tudors, Georgians and Victorians would have. 

From the oak-lined Linenfold Parlour to the flag-stoned Tudor Kitchen, each space has an intriguing tale to tell about its past occupants - who include a leading Tudor courtier and 1980s anarcho squatters. You’ll also see how residents celebrated Christmas, from tying a ribbon to the Tudors’ yule log to their lavish Christmas feast - including a turkey that walked from Norfolk, a mouth-watering Wassail bowl, and a rather gruesome cockenthrice (a pig with the hind quarters of a turkey!).

You’ll go on to experience a modest but stylish Georgian Christmas, featuring beautiful holly and other evergreens, and the beginnings of some still-familiar traditions in our richly-decorated Victorian Study: including colourful crackers, Christmas cards, a decorated tree and toys for the house's children.

Plan your visit

You can book your Christmas visit via our usual booking channels and at our standard guided tour prices, which are £8 for non-member adults, £4 for non-member children and FREE for National Trust members.  New tickets go on sale each Thursday, for the following two weeks - so set yourself a reminder to book!  We’ll also be able to accept a handful of unbooked visitors ‘on the day’ to each of our bookable tours.  

Please note that Sutton House isn't part of the National Trust’s Winter Trail programme this year, and Father Christmas isn't in residence (though we hope he’ll come down our chimney on the day itself!).