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“Excellent family day out”

National Trust Museum of Childhood
Ranked #4 of 11 things to do in Ashbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 31 October 2017

So much to do here - the childhood museum is great both for children and adults looking for a spot of nostalgia. The hall itself is lovely to walk around and you've also got large grounds to take a stroll around.

Date of experience: October 2017
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"sudbury hall"
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"all ages"
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"national trust"
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"school room"
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"school days"
in 5 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 24 reviews
"on display"
in 13 reviews
"brought back memories"
in 5 reviews
"happy memories"
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"adventure playground"
in 5 reviews
"chimney sweep"
in 8 reviews
"victorian classroom"
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"children and adults"
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"play area"
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"visiting sudbury"
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"lovely grounds"
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

This museum would be excellent if you were accompanied by a bright 8 year old, but the themed displays (work, dolls, activity toys etc) were lightweight for adult visitors. There was little additional material (such as social historical background) available, and not much of a sense of how toys in general had developed over the ages.

The best bits for children were (a) the opportunity to climb a “real” chimney and (b) the Victorian classroom.

Not worth a long journey but good for a short visit as an adjunct to the House (1660s; closed on the morning we visited) or tearoom.

Overall a bit of a disappointment.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Heathermacc
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Reviewed 23 September 2017

Fabulous museum with lots of hidden mice holes of interest, it was lovely to see toys from the 1960s that brought back memories

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank world-o-Joy
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Reviewed 21 September 2017

There were many facinating exhibits which brought back memories of a childhood full of fun and learning.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank edsherrard1
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Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Spent Sunday afternoon here it's quite an interesting house, plenty of rooms to explore. We started our visit in the basement and cellars and worked our way to the top of the house. After the house visit we took time to explore the gardens and the children's adventure playground, looked great fun for the kids. Plenty of room for a nice picnic and a good cafe serving a variety of food and drinks, also a nice icecream stall. There is a shop selling a variety of gifts and local produce also National Trust merchandise. We visited the museum of childhood and found lots of toys books bikes to mention but a few, it bought back fond memories of our childhood. This place doesn't have a lot of grounds to go walking in just a small area in front of the lake which is a good picnic areas. Parking is just a short walk across the road from the Hall and has ample parking spaces with an overspill car park and is free. There is some roadside parking but I would recommend using the car park provided. Overall we had a lovely afternoon here and lots of useful information from the National Trust volunteers within the Hall and Museum, thank you. We would highly recommend a visit here, take a picnic and enjoy this lovely property. Bev and Theresa Nottinghamshire ☺☕

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Bejay G
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