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“Superb insight into local history”
Review of Whitehall

Ranked #4 of 20 things to do in Sutton
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Owner description: Whitehall is closed to the public from 10 April 2016 until the summer of 2017 to allow for a major refurbishment, which includes vital conservation and restoration works to the building and internal adaptations, along with a small extension for a lift to make the house more accessible. While Whitehall is closed its team will have an active presence at fetes and fairs and will visit local groups and societies. The Friends of Whitehall will also continue to run activities and events in Cheam, particularly at the Parochial Rooms and Cheam Library while Whitehall is closed. An accredited museum, Whitehall was built around 1500, though the house has undergone significant changes and alterations during its life. Remarkably, between 1741 and 1963 Whitehall was the home of one family, the Killicks and the house has held 18th and 19th-century displays reflecting different periods of its history. As well as having a Tudor hall, parlour and a Victorian kitchen, Whitehall also houses a model of Nonsuch Palace, which once stood nearby but was demolished in the 1680s. It has a designated exhibition space which will host a new programme of activities on reopening in 2017, as well as a tea room which has been voted one of the best in Surrey.
Reviewed 3 June 2014

We nipped into Whitehall, having driven past it umpteen times, to escape the rain, and were amazed by this absolute gem of a museum - and even better, it's free!!!

The exhibits have been carefully thought out, and as you tour the house (mind your head in places!) you get a real feel for what it might have been like to live in such an ancient building.

The array of local photographs is a must-see for any local - we spent ages mulling over shots from the 1930s working out where our house was built.

Definitely visit!

Thank PRFluffy
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

It's a must visit for any visitor to Cheam as not only does it give you a great insight into local history,Henry V111 onwards, it has knowledgeable on site helpers. Good coffee and cakes at a reasonable price.

Thank honestfour
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

Visited Whitehall yesterday and the Christmas display is outstanding. Young grandson loved seeing the reindeer, donkey and goats and playing in the playground. Ice ring looked very inviting. So much to see and buy! I bought an item that is to be a present and it was beautifully gift wrapped for free. Staff very helpful and friendly.

Thank cazlinda
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

Great to know that a bit of Tudor history has been preserved in Cheam, and if you live in the area you've probably driven by it hundreds of times without even realising!

Make sure you check the opening hours before you come so you aren't disappointed as it is closed often.

Nice little look at Tudor History and great location in lovely Cheam.

Thank PCCrawford117
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

My son (8) wanted to go on a day trip somewhere a little bit far from home, and randomly picked Sutton. I was not so sure that was a great idea. The Whitehall in Cheam village just a short bus ride away from Sutton rail station was recommended here in trip advisor. So, with little expectation we went.

I am glad we did!

The house was a nice,little piece of history. We all enjoyed discovering all the rooms in it, and doing the simple yet enjoyable activities inside.

If you arrive to he house and it is closed (from 12 to 2 pm i think), you can spend your time walking around the Nonsuch park (just a short walk behind the house) or have lunch at the fish and chips restaurant across the road.

There are shops (including charity shops with some great books and stuff you might fancy) and cafes around the area.

We would definitely do another trip in random and hope to find another nice little village to visit and spend a day! It is worth doing if you have kids to entertain.

1  Thank Redteapot13
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