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Sudbury Hall

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This 17th century manor house in Derbyshire was the country retreat of the Lords Vernon. It is built in the Jacobean and Classical styles, with an intricately carved, two-storey entrance.       

Sudbury Hall

The interior of the building features fine examples of craftsmanship in its plasterwork, wood carvings by Grinley Gibbons, and murals based on classical tales which decorate the walls and ceilings. The Great Staircase with its detailed design and flourishes, is probably the most well known design feature. Plans to extensively modernise the house never came to light, so the house has retained its original character. 

The Long Gallery is one of the many furnished rooms, and houses the family's collection of portraits. Several are of 17th century aristocrats and courtiers, and some are of Charles II's mistresses. 

An additional attraction of the house, is the Museum of Childhood, located in the service wing. Themed rooms bring to life scenes of childhood from the 1700s onwards. There is a Victorian schoolroom, information about child chimney sweeps and a large doll and toy collection. 

Sudbury Hall is surrounded by gardens designed by the influential landscape artist, 'Capability' Brown. Features include a lake and parkland. For young visitors there is an adventure playground. 

Guide books are available as are morning guided tours. Children are provided with activity packs, and can follow a quiz trail to help them explore the estate. The museum shop sells gifts and home-made produce such as scones and cakes. 

The ground floor of the house is accessible for wheelchair users, but there are a few steps to the first floor. The Museum of Childhood has a lift to its floors. Some areas of the gardens are uneven in places, so assistance may be needed. 

There are prams, reins and baby slings available on free loan,so that the grounds can be accessed by all the family.  

Sudbury Hall can be reached by read, rail and coach. It is advisable to contact the house for the latest directions and timetables, as they can change without notice. 

Contact Details:
Sudbury Hall,
Tel: 01283 585305 









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