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“Nostalgic”

National Trust Museum of Childhood
Ranked #3 of 25 things to do in Ashbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Nostalgic”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

Brillant display of antique and old toys, dolls, games etc.
Brings back loads of memories to us 'oldies' of a childhood free of care. Lots of interative things for the younger children but if your child is into electronic gadgets etc then they 'might' find it a little boring.
This museum is one of the free events for N.T. members.
There is a good coffee/food shop and sales areas.
The adjoining Sudbury Hall is well worth a visit - free to N.T. members.

Visited March 2013
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English first
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great fun”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

Great for adults and kids alike, almost wasted on the children! So many memories opened up and very cleverly done. Make the most of your National Trust membership and include this one!

Good outdoor woodland play area as well..

Visited April 2013
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Stoke-on-Trent
Level 6 Contributor
165 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Two National Trust Properties in one Visit”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Came for the Easter Egg Trail, and whilst we've been many times before we took the opportunity to visit the Childhood Museum again, if only to get warm on a bitterly cold day.
The Museum is OK, and a trip down memory lane for some of us viewing the sample of old toys on show. Worth a visit if you've not been before though.

Sudbury Hall next door is also worth a visit also, but check the opening times as they are not the same as the Museum and if not careful you can be waiting around

You can visit the Church also and have a walk around the village of Sudbury also if you have time.

Visited April 2013
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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great Place - shame about the staff!”
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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Cleveland, Tennessee
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
20 attraction reviews
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“Great for the younger set.”
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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