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National Trust Museum of Childhood

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Address: Sudbury Hall, Ashbourne DE6 5HT, England
Phone Number: +44 1283 585337
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1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Great, but avoid school holidays!

The improvements over the last few years have greatly improved the museum. We took our children many years ago, but took two of our Grandchildren (7 & 4) at half-term in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
GrannyOrbie_12
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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

15 years ago was the last time I visited this place with my daughter so due to the fact she was very young, I decided to treat her to a day out... It was wet & windy, the car park is across the road, a good 5 minute walk to the house. The hall was closed for the day so... More 

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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The improvements over the last few years have greatly improved the museum. We took our children many years ago, but took two of our Grandchildren (7 & 4) at half-term in February. It was a wet day and almost everyone from the surrounding counties had the same idea and it was rammed. The car park was overflowing and although there... More 

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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Goes without saying, this place is great for kids. There's plenty to do in terms of activities for kids of most ages. They even have a 'chimney sweep' set up as an attraction, where the kids go 'up' a chimney breast, and come down another! My kids are 3 & 4 and they LOVED that part, going round about 10... More 

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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

On a lovey Autumn afternoon(until 4 o'clock,when there was a brief shower of rain)we ventured to this relaxing,grand property near Sudbury Village.This house offers two things, the ancient,spectacular Sudbury Hall and a Museum of Childhood.I personally preferred the Hall compared to the museum as the museum although interesting lacked a particular exhibit of amazement.However the museum did include a Victorian... More 

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Thank Felton05
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

A great day out for any age. A beautiful hall to visit and fascinating museum of childhood which anyone would find interesting, Good tearoom.

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Thank Sue153552
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016

Everyone of all ages can enjoy this experience. It takes you through the ages of childhood, the games, the work/school life and the toys. There's a old classroom experience everyone can sit in on or watch from behind windows. Each area has things to do whether it is trying some of the old games/toys or reading the information about the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

Each time I visit I seem to notice something different,the Lady upstairs in the Museum said they do rotate toys with ones from the attic ! This is my third visit and am yet to see a pogo stick from my youth.She wrote it down as "ideas to fill in the gaps".Seriously though I am disabled and although the different... More 

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Thank J H
Bramhall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

Family day out - 2 adults with 3 children ages 3, 4 and 8 and completely surprised and how interactive the museum was soon as you walk in. The children loved playing with the toys and learning about Victorian schools. In fact, that 15 minute Victorian school session was my highlight and took me back to my 70/80's school days.... More 

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Thank MsChuckles22
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

The adults enjoyed the visit to the Museum of Childhood as much as the children. In fact our children may have gotten fed up with us saying "we had one of those", "do you remember that?" The museum is really accessible and includes a very interesting aspect on the hard-working lives of children in previous generations. Definitely recommend a visit.

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Thank eaka2007
Suffolk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

Only visited the museum so I cannot review other aspects of the property. Really enjoyed the exhibits, well set out, loved the explanations and the interactive nature of the exhibits. Really enjoyed seeing the toys that my grandparents and my parents played with, also saw a few that I remember so I guess I must be getting old! Well worth... More 

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