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National Trust Museum of Childhood

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Address: Sudbury Hall, Ashbourne DE6 5HT, England
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+44 1283 585337
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13:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Sun 13:00 - 17:00

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Fascinating

It was fascinating to see how children used to play. The toys were really good and children visiting were able to play with some. Worth a visit.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Croxley Green, United Kingdom
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Croxley Green, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was fascinating to see how children used to play. The toys were really good and children visiting were able to play with some. Worth a visit.

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Deeside, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was the first time I have visited the Museum, as we did not have time to go in on two previous visits to Sudbury Hall. There was a particular emphasis on toys from the 1960s which brought back many happy memories to me and my husband. The Museum was much bigger than I expected and we spent about an... More 

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Thank Grace S
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Well worth a visit for all generations. A wide range of toys etc on diplay. Plenty of parking. Free entry if National Trust member.

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Thank David T
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic place to visit on your day off. Museum, the house and the grounds all worth the visit. Would recommend!!!

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Huddersfield
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fortunately visiting the toy museum restored our visit to Sudbury after the disappointment of the Hall. The museum vividly portrays the history of toys from the Victorian ere to the present time. There are lovely quotations on the walls helping to bring memories of childhood back , even if that means feeling a little old.

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Thank GarforthHuddersfield
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not a good sign to see your favourite toys from your own child hood in here....Make a day of it and grab some great foods and drink locally

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Thank Alan W
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

good for adults and children - quite a few hands on things to do as well as good displays in glass cases - not all labelled accurately (Buzz Lightyear in 1960s display?@?!) - children can go 'up a chimney' fun for 5-8 years particularly I would think.

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently went with my children as i imagined an extraordinary experience. I got one,but in the wrong way. As we entered, my children leaped at the chance to experience what it was like to be a chimney sweep. It was a cramped room with poor decoration and children had to crawl through. They then proceeded to get stuck in... More 

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Thank corbzisalad423
sudburyhall, Marketing and Communications officer at National Trust Museum of Childhood, responded to this review

Dear corbzisalad423, We’re sorry to hear that the museum did not meet your expectations. The vast majority of visitors do thoroughly enjoy our exhibitions and children’s activities on offer. We have ensured that there are interactive areas throughout the museum for children to engage with. However, main aim of the museum is to showcase the history of childhood and how... More 

Le Grand-Bourg, France
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a lovely time at the Museum of Childhood. There were displays about children working, learning and playing throughout the last two centuries, as well as lots of toys on display covering the same time periods. It was slightly concerning, though, to find toys on display that my own children had played with when young! I consider the visit... More 

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Thank Christine K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great day out and womble trail for the kids nice cafe and shop lake and garden very picturesque nice place to take the family for a few hours to break up the holidays

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