Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) was born in Sudbury and baptised at the Independent Meeting-House in Friars Street on 14 May 1727, the fifth son and ninth child of John and Mary Gainsborough.
In 1958, Gainsborough’s House Society was formed to purchase the house and establish it as a centre for Thomas Gainsborough. The Museum opened to the public in 1961 and has remained open for over 50 years. The beautiful historic garden at the heart of Gainsborough’s House is maintained by a devoted body of volunteers, who garden exclusively with plants that were available in Gainsborough’s lifetime.
2 January - 31 October 2019.
Gainsborough's House is open Monday to Saturday 10-5pm, and Sunday 11-5pm.
Closed from 24 December 2019 to 2 January 2020, and on Good Friday.
Gainsborough’s House is situated in the centre of Sudbury on Gainsborough Street, at the bottom of Market Hill. The visitor entrance and shop are on Weavers Lane which is adjacent to the front of the House.
For those travelling by public transport, Sudbury railway station is a connecting line from Marks Tey on the Liverpool St to Norwich line. The trains run every hour and the station is half a mile from Gainsborough’s House. A 10 minute walk along Station Road, Friars Street and into Gainsborough Street will bring you to the House.
- Offers bike storage
Historic Houses members visit for free - now all year round.
Admission (with Gift Aid)
Children up to 5: Free
Children and students: £2
- Guide dogs welcome
- Accessible parking
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
- Accessible toilets
Groups of 10 or more: £6 (with Gift Aid)
Why not add an introductory talk, or hour long guided tour and lecture? To make your group visit really special, why not have exclusive use of Gainsborough's House for evening admission and lecture?
This exhibition focusses on the early life and art of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88). It explores how Gainsborough made his first steps in the art world from the inspiration of the landscape surrounding his hometown of Sudbury, through his training in London in the 1740s, to his return to Suffolk around 1748. This is a particularly important exhibition for Gainsborough’s House because it deals with Gainsborough’s time in Sudbury, his family and reveals for the first time new research on this significant period of the burgeoning artist.
This exhibition will show paintings from Gainsborough’s House collection, new acquisitions and loans that give new insight into Gainsborough’s early life and development as an artist. It will draw on a significant collection of the paintings, prints and ephemera on Gainsborough from the 1740s.
If you have a celebration to plan, why not hire Gainsborough’s House? The Exhibition Gallery, house, garden and Hills Room are available for evening hire from 6-11pm. Celebrate in the atmospheric surroundings of art galleries or the pretty, enclosed garden. Various catering options are available from canapés to a sit down meal. We work with a selection of caterers to offer a high standard of presentation, whatever the occasion.
The Hills Room above the shop is available for corporate hire (day availability from 9.30 – 6pm and evening from 6-10pm) from £15 per hour. Wi-fi, IT facilities and crockery hire are available at a small additional cost. It is fully accessible and toilets are available.
We can provide a freshly prepared light lunch of sandwiches and cake, and refreshments for arrival, morning and afternoon breaks. Vegetarian and dietary requirements options are available on request.The Exhibition Gallery, house and garden are available for hosting your evening drinks, canapé receptions, formal dinners and garden parties. We work with a selection of caterers to offer a high standard of presentation, whatever the occasion.