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Places for kids to dress up

A young boy dresses up as an Anglo-Saxon warrior in the exhibition space at Sutton Hoo
A child dressed up as an Anglo-Saxon warrior in the exhibition space at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk | © National Trust Images/James Beck

Go on a family day out and step into the shoes (and clothes) of an Anglo-Saxon warrior, the lady of the manor or a Victorian scullery maid. Here are the top places in our care for dressing up in historic costumes and whimsical fancy dress.

Castle Ward, County Down
At Castle Ward, children have a choice of costumes to choose from. Will they become a Victorian, or will they transform into farm animals in the barn?Dress up at Castle Ward
Lyme Park, Cheshire
Take the kids back to Regency England at Lyme Park with a trip to the dressing room, available 11am–2pm on days the house is open. There are a range of inclusive sizes for children and adults alike, so the whole family can join the Edwardian fun.Dress up at Lyme Park
Girl dressed up in a pink Tudor costume at Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire
A child playing dress up at a National Trust place | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey
Snowshill Manor, Gloucestershire
At Snowshill Manor, choose from a variety of 18th-century replica clothes that the entire family can try on. Follow in the footsteps of Charles Wade who, as an avid collector, started a costume collection here at the age of 14.Dress up at Snowshill Manor
Sutton Hoo, Suffolk
Transform yourself into an Anglo-Saxon for the day at Sutton Hoo, a royal burial site full of archaeological discoveries. Try a sword and shield on for size before climbing to the top of the Viewing Tower or exploring the adventure play area.Dress up at Sutton Hoo
Tredegar House, Newport
The dressing up box at Tredegar House holds a wide range of Victorian, 1920s and 1930s costumes. Which era will you choose? Don’t forget to stop for a family photo in the Brown Room.Dress up at Tredegar House
A family in the Lower Garden with tulips at Quarry Bank, Cheshire

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