Gainsborough's House

Gainsborough's House
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Gainsborough's House is a museum and gallery at the childhood home of Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), one of the greatest artists in the history of British art. It has the largest collection of Gainsborough's work on display in a single setting.

The house itself dates from around 1500 and retains many interesting architectural features. Its Georgian facade, and other elegant additions, date from the eighteenth century. The centrepiece of the beautiful walled garden is a large mulberry tree which dates back to Gainsborough's childhood.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Gallery, Garden, parklands or rural site, Museum, Heritage site, Library, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

Closed: Good Friday and between Christmas and New Year.

Admission charges

Adults: £7.00*

Family: £16.00*

Children and Students: £2.00

Under 5s: Free

Groups of 10 or more: £6 per person

Friends and Art Fund members: Free

*This includes additional income from Gift Aid, which makes a big difference to us, but if you would prefer not to make this contribution the admission prices are:

Adults: £6.30

Family: £14.50


  • National Art Pass

The Gainsborough’s House permanent collection encompasses the artist’s whole career, from early portraits and landscapes painted in Suffolk during the 1750s, to later works from his Bath and London periods of the 1760s, 70s and 80s.

The collection of works on paper includes drawings by Gainsborough and his contemporaries, as well as prints by or after Gainsborough and other eighteenth-century artists. There is a selection of rare books and manuscripts from the period, including a number of Gainsborough’s letters.

We also have artefacts and items that formerly belonged to Gainsborough, including his studio cabinet, swordstick, paint scraper and pocket-watch.

The permanent collection is augmented by several loans of paintings and drawings from public and private collections.

For more information, and to search the Gainsborough's House Collection Online, visit

Collection details

Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Personalities, Design, Costume and Textiles, Architecture, Social History, Religion, Literature

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Cafe de la Rotonde by Cedric Morris 1924

Cedric Morris at Gainsborough’s House

  • 10 February — 17 June 2018 *on now

Cedric Morris (1889–1982) is a painter deeply rooted in the story of East Anglian art and so it is fitting that, in late 2017, a significant collection of over 100 paintings and works on paper were gifted to Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury, Suffolk.

Now, Gainsborough’s House (the birthplace and childhood home of Thomas Gainsborough (1727 – 1788) is celebrating this important acquisition with the first exhibition curated from this very personal collection, with works selected by acclaimed painter and sculptor Maggi Hambling CBE.

This exhibition presents a selection of works covering Morris’s early ‘Paris Years’ (1920–1926); the poetic landscapes he painted during extensive worldwide travels; and the striking, avant-garde portraits he created of famous friends, patrons and fellow artists.

Visitors can discover more about the artist who co-founded the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing in Dedham, Essex in 1937 which, following a fire at the property,
moved to Benton End, on the outskirts of Hadleigh, Suffolk. The school ran for over forty years and counted prominent artists such as Maggi Hambling (b. 1945) and Lucian Freud (1922–2011) as former pupils.

Alongside his work as an artist, Morris was also a lifelong plantsman, earning international fame for his horticultural achievements. He established rare species of plants collected overseas, and won national acclaim as a breeder of irises,several of which now grow in the walled garden at Gainsborough’s House.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £7
Family £16
Children aged up to 5: free
Children and students: £2
Groups of 10 or more: £6 per head


Gainsborough's House
46 Gainsborough Street
CO10 2EU




01787 372958


01787 376991

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