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Visiting The Children's Country House at Sudbury

Grandma and Granddaughter creating a clay decoration together
Grandmother and child enjoying crafting in The World Below Kitchen | © ©National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

With children at the heart of The Children's Country House at Sudbury, there is always something to discover, explore and learn on your visit to this award winning property.

The Children’s Country House at Sudbury is designed especially for families, making it a great day out, whatever the weather. Explore the historic country home of the Vernon family in the hall, take a journey through childhood in the museum, or explore in the garden.

Planning your Visit

  • Planning your visit has never been easier, as there is no need to pre-book anymore - just arrive on the day.
  • Pushchair friendly paths from the car park to the property.
  • Baby changing facilities.
  • Buggystore for prams, pushchairs, bikes, scooters.
  • Free wheelchair accessible vehicle transfer from the property to the car park, and return.
  • The property is open during school holidays, and Friday to Monday in term time (the hall is closed on Fridays in term time).
A child wearing period costume dances in the Saloon room at Sudbury Hall, which is darkened and lit by disco ball lights.
Dancing in the 'candlelit' Saloon at The Children's Country House at Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Early Years Fridays

The Children's Country House at Sudbury is open to the public from Friday to Monday during term time. On Fridays, the Hall is closed, however the Gardens, Museum, Cafe and Stable Yard are all open to enjoy and we're also pleased to offer crafts, storytelling and sensory play for early years in these areas. Early years activities are free of charge alongside general admission to the property, unless otherwise stated and no booking is needed.

Children playing with interactive toys in Toys Through Time Gallery at The Children's Country House at Sudbury
Children playing with the interactive toys | © National Trust Images/David Levenson

Explore the Hall

Inside the Hall you can explore the Hall of Wonder and The World Below. Partake in some dancing in the Saloon, have some quiet time with a book in the library or practice your deportment in the Long Gallery. Why not venture through the Bedroom Corridor, newly opened for 2024.

The Museum of Childhood

Wander freely through the Museum of Childhood, and learn of the challenges of childhood across the centuries. Our award-winning museum welcomes children and families to explore, seek and connect with history through our objects, activities, Victorian Classroom and popular chimney.

The Gardens

Picnic, play and connect with nature in Sudbury's gardens. Build dens in the Bluebell Wood, have a mindful moment and discover your inner-explorer in the play area.

Mystery Rooms

Available on a first come, first serve basis on the day of your visit, take a leap back into World War 2 as a child evacuee in our Mystery Rooms experience. Designed for young minds, this experience is open to families and children, fostering teamwork and problem-solving.

Fairytale Forest Café

The Fairytale Forest Café is open when the property is, serving a selection of hot and cold drinks, scrumptious snacks and light meals. Ideal for refuelling after a busy day. The café provides indoor and outdoor seating, with shelter and in the hotter months, we're pleased to provide snacks and drinks from our catering van in the Stableyard.

Children running in the garden at The Children's Country House at Sudbury, Derbyshire

Visiting the Garden at The Children's Country House 

Explore the Garden and explore, admire and connect with the beauty of nature.

Children looking at some of the exhibits in the The Children’s Country House at Sudbury, Derbyshire

Things to see and do in The Children's Country House Museum 

Explore the museum to discover the escapades of childhood and the challenges they faced and the realities of life across the centuries.