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“Great Place - shame about the staff!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of National Trust Museum of Childhood

National Trust Museum of Childhood
Sudbury Hall, Ashbourne DE6 5HT, England
01283 585337
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Ranked #4 of 17 Attractions in Ashbourne
Type: Children's Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Great Place - shame about the staff!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Once again another visit spoilt by the attitude of staff/volunteers at this attraction. We first had a problem when visiting with our grandchildren . Grumpy , unchild friendly and very intent on making sure that we didn't linger too long as 'we ARE CLOSING SOON' we were told at least three times. (Why close so early ??)That combinded with a very brusque attendant at the famous chimney, almost pushing a reluctant child up the entrance did not sit well with my daughter in law.
Next visit we picked up some litter that had been stuffed in to a topiary hedge. We walked past the picnic area, no rubbish bins! We continued to the entrance to the museum and went to hand the offending crisp packets to the attendant to be told ' we can't take that' The bins are by the toilets, go out of the door , turn left.......Fortunately a younger assistant merely took the offending littter and said 'thank you, i will dispose of it for you' The coffee shop needed the tables cleared and the floor swept, This was only midday and they did not appear to be very busy.I was ashamed to have taken our visitors in there and on behalf of the National Trust .

Visited March 2013
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Collegedale, Tennessee
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great for the younger set.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Along with our teens, we had two nephews traveling with us. They enjoyed this little museum. It was great to see the vintage toys and items there as well. We were able to see Victorian toys and stuffed animals, and some items we would not be able see at home in the United States. A single visit would suffice. Won't take much time to go through unless young children wish to linger and play. BTW, we had a National Trust pass that allowed us to visit without additional cost.

Visited June 2012
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Ashbourne
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Good for children of all ages”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Excellent insight into childhood and entertaining for all ages of children as well as adults. Great fun playing with the old games.

Visited December 2012
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East Midlands
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“boring....”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

my guest and I ordered sausages and mash and they tasted
with the boring mash, no flavour to them or the gravy

Visited September 2012
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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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“Memories”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

The Museum of childhood brought back some happy memories of my childhood. I really enjoyed my trip around the place.

Visited October 2012
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