Take a playful journey through 500 years of Christmas traditions with a tour of Hackney’s oldest house, whose halls will be decked for Christmas from 24 November to 22 December 2021. Visit for a guided tour on a Wednesday, Friday or Sunday, and see Christmas through the eyes of Sutton House’s former residents – from Tudor times to the present day.

At almost 500 years old Sutton House epitomises cosiness, with its panelled rooms, shuttered windows and huge fireplaces.  And this Christmas you can come in from the cold for a guided tour by candlelight, to enjoy it as the Tudors, Georgians and Victorians would have. 

From the oak-lined Linenfold Parlour to the flag-stoned Tudor Kitchen, each space has an intriguing tale to tell about its past occupants – who include a leading Tudor courtier and 1980s anarcho squatters. You’ll also see how residents celebrated Christmas, from tying a ribbon to the Tudors’ yule log to their lavish Christmas feast – including a turkey that walked from Norfolk, a mouth-watering Wassail bowl, and a rather gruesome cockenthrice (a pig with the hind quarters of a turkey!).

You’ll go on to experience a modest but stylish Georgian Christmas, featuring beautiful holly and other evergreens, and the beginnings of some still-familiar traditions in our richly-decorated Victorian Study: including colourful crackers, Christmas cards, a decorated tree and toys for the house’s children.

New tickets go on sale each Thursday, for the following two weeks – so set yourself a reminder to book!  Only a handful of unbooked visitors ‘on the day’ will be given entry.  Some dates are already sold out.

Please note that Sutton House won’t be part of the National Trust’s Winter Trail programme this year, and Father Christmas won’t be in residence (though we hope he’ll come down our chimney on the day itself!).