National Trust Museum of Childhood

National Trust Museum of Childhood

National Trust Museum of Childhood
4.5
Speciality Museums • Children's Museums
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11:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 17:00
Thursday
11:00 - 17:00
Friday
11:00 - 17:00
Saturday
11:00 - 17:00
Sunday
11:00 - 17:00
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Lorraine
16 contributions
Solo
So there is a long path from car park to museum including crossing a (non-busy) road. Free parking.

The museum was ok, a little boring.
The court yard was pleasent, including a craft zone (£2 each) this looked great for children and adults alike!

The staff were generally OK, helpful to arrange a golf type buggy back to the car.

It was overall ok and has lovely grounds to explore but I won't be in a hurry to go back until the hall is actually open.
Written 21 August 2022
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Pds1
Birmingham, UK346 contributions
Couples
We booked ahead & had said we needed help with access on the booking form. It said someone would phone to discuss this but no one ever did.

The car park is a walk from the museum. There was a number to call for help but it was flat so my husband pushed the wheelchair.

Very friendly staff on arrival. The museum is very wheelchair friendly with a lift to every floor.

The museum itself was very good although I found it odd the way some things were laid out - for instance a bright pink plastic barbie car in the middle of a lovely set of old wooden toys. My husband was disappointed there were no old Lego sets. But that’s just our opinions & the museum was very good & brought back some lovely memories.

The restaurant was disappointing for National trust. Wasps all over the tongs by the food & no dairy free / vegan spread.
Written 2 August 2022
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Anna
56 contributions
Couples
It was a lovely place to visit if you have children. Without children the museum was okay to walk around but the grounds were quite small. It’s dog friendly but I would only go again if the hall was open. Luckily I’m a member of the NT as it was expensive for what was available. There is a lovely courtyard with shops next door. Parking is free in the car park that is across the road.
Written 28 July 2022
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Sand_dollar_57
Staffordshire Moorlands141 contributions
Visited at the same time as the Hall for the first time recently. Spent an enjoyable hour looking at all the toys. Although there were a few families and a couple of school groups there seemed to be more adults, all reminiscing about which toys they had as children.
As NT members we didn't have to pay, not sure I would want to pay £12 for about an hour though!
Written 26 February 2020
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Chloe Campion
Cheadle, UK11 contributions
Family
Despite the National Trust marketing this place as “The Children’s Country House” it’s impossible to do if you’ve got young children or a child with additional needs.
We visited today with our 3 year old and our 1 year old (who is in a pushchair). We were told we needed to leave our pushchair in the buggy park while we walked around the hall - it’s was a very tight squeeze due to lots of places being roped off and my 3 year old (who is currently being assessed for autism) was told off by one of the volunteers while I was trying to explain to him why he couldn’t go under the rope. My son needs to be spoken to calmly so he understands why it might not be possible for him to do something and as I was explaining, a volunteer came to us and said “no, not up there, it’s dangerous and you will fall and get hurt” - my 3 year old struggles if you raise your voice and shout when he doesn’t understand so we had to leave the hall so I could calm him down and apologise to him and make him see that he hadn’t done anything wrong. All the while, my partner was struggling with our 1 year old as he doesn’t like being carried. So we left the hall and decided to walk to the play area. Well, what a disappointment. Half of it was roped off and the other half was dominated by much older teenagers who were climbing all over it which meant my son was too frightened to even go onto it. We attempted to get into the museum and were told no pushchairs were allowed in there either. Absolutely appalling. It took us an hour and a half to get there and we spent all of 15 minutes there and had to come home. The car park is also a mile away from the house so if you have children who can’t walk very far, it’s impossible. We will NOT be returning with our children. I’m just glad as NT members, we didn’t have to pay to get in.
Written 22 February 2020
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Lee Studley
Studley, UK34 contributions
Always love coming here with the family and this visit was even better. The house had a celebration of board games where as you walk around the property you get to play giant versions of Dragons & Ladders, Cluedo, Guess Who, and a lego challenge that we all enjoyed.
The museum was fantastic too with the addition of a giant Dalek going down well with my kids!
Written 6 January 2020
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Trevexess
Aslockton, UK29 contributions
As with all National Trust properties this one was excellent, really knowleable staff and a gret day out.
Written 15 November 2019
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Adam P
Kelsall, UK239 contributions
Couples
Very good fun for all ages. We really enjoyed walking round the museum which includes a number of interactive pieces which aren't just for children. There were then a number of interesting exhibits aimed more at adults. We really enjoyed it and free for national trust members means we'll almost certainly be back. There is plenty of parking available however this is a ten minute walk away. On the same site as a sudbury hall and there is also a reasonably priced cafe and gift shop.
Written 27 October 2019
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Anna W
Bolsover, UK564 contributions
Family
So many things to see and very interactive. Spent a good hour wandering around and playing. Great for a rainy day activity
Written 20 October 2019
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polonthephone
Matlock, UK114 contributions
The museum is good, but probably more interesting to adults than to children. What made it so much better for the children, was the Victorian classroom experience, which was very well done, and enjoyable at any age.
Written 13 October 2019
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