Gainsborough's House

Dating to around 1520, the house that now occupies 46 Gainsborough Street was the birthplace of one of Britain's greatest artists.

Exterior of Gainsborough's House

Exterior of Gainsborough's House

After four centuries as a private residence and forty years in limbo, the building was transformed into a museum and monument to Thomas Gainsborough following a campaign by the Gainsborough's House National Appeal Committee. Following generous donations of art, furniture and decorative objects, the house opened to the public in 1961 as a museum, monument and centre for the arts.

Permanent collections

The House's permanent collection encompasses the whole of Thomas Gainsborough's career, from his early portraiture and landscapes to later works from his London period. These works are displayed alongside 18th-century furniture and memorabilia. There is a varied programme of exhibitions on both historic British and contemporary art throughout the year.

Visitor information

Built around the centrepiece of a huge mulberry tree, the house's deceptively large garden dates back to the early 1600s, and is maintained all year round with plants that would have been available in Gainsborough's lifetime. 

Art we've helped buy at Gainsborough's House

Venue details

Gainsborough's House 46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury Suffolk CO10 2EU 01787 372958

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £5.90)

Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Sun, 11am 5pm

Closed Good Friday, 24 Dec – 1 Jan