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National Trust Museum of Childhood

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Address: Sudbury Hall, Ashbourne DE6 5HT, England
Phone Number: 01283 585337
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Wed - Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Brings back memories

Does what it says on the label, evokes a lot of childhood memories of toys we used to have, plus covers earlier periods as well. Good for a couple of hours and as attached to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
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Cheshunt
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Cheshunt
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Does what it says on the label, evokes a lot of childhood memories of toys we used to have, plus covers earlier periods as well. Good for a couple of hours and as attached to Sudbury Hall has snack bar adjacent, you have to park a walk away from both (disabled shuttle bus to both runs though)

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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Very interesting but it times difficult in some rooms to see the items clearly due to poor lighting. I totally understand that the items should not be damaged by light but if you struggle with your sight it may be difficult. Friend staff.

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Thank 1940sdiva
Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

When we meet as a family including 3 children of 9, 8 and 6 on a Sunday afternoon, we love to go to Sudbury Hall. If the weather is wet we entertain ourselves in the museum for hours, climbing the chimney, having a tea party with the teddy bears, dressing up or just playing with the toys, all good fun... More 

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Thank Denise T
Sheffield, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Enjoyed looking round all the old toys and games - some going back to our son's childhood in the 1980s and 1990s, some to our own and some even further back. Really friendly and knowledgeable staff too

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Thank barb2601
N Yorkshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Toys games from many generations on display. Betty Cadbury collection and videos. Pretend chimney for children to climb up. Everyone must find at least one toy/game they have played with. Brilliant!

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Chester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

This seems to be part of the collection of Betty Cadbury, who thankfully adds personal touches to some of the exhibits (names of who they belonged to etc). I liked trying my hand at the Victorian toys near the entrance, but why not an audio-visual loop-recording of the musical box playing, for instance - or of someone (in costume) using... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

It was good, however after the information on the National trust website, I expected rather more than was there.

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Thank Chrisman57
Burntwood, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

First visit to Sudbury Hall. Visited the Museum of Childhood but not the hall. A good exhibition with displays and interactive games etc. There is an old school room, a chimney for children to climb in, various toys and stories to listen too. Enjoyed by adults and children. Easy access . Lovely gardens. Very clean toilets. There is also a... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

The lack of space means the museum is disjointed and the rooms are poorly laid out. The room on the ceiling was impossible to view and we had no idea what it represented. The Victorian classroom was interesting. However, including classrooms from other eras accompanied by the appropriate toys and artifacts would make this a true museum of childhood. Whilst... More 

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Thame, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

First class collection of memorabilia for everyone of any age. The schoolroom was particularly interesting as there was an array of various desk models where memories of banging desk lids, learning to tie shoe laces, writing on slates etc. came flooding back.

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