Honeywood Museum on a misty, murky Autumn day
About Honeywood Museum
Honeywood Museum is a Grade II listed building next to the picturesque Carshalton Ponds in the heart of Carshalton's historic Conservation Area. Surrounded by historic buildings and water-features the locality forms one of the most interesting and attractive areas in Greater London. The family-friendly museum re-opened in May 2012 after a complete refurbishment following a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. The building dates back to the mid 17th century, with Victorian and Edwardian extensions, including a fine Billiards Room, Drawing Room and Victorian Scullery. There are exhibitions which tell the fascinating history of the house and the people who lived there, and illustrate the history of the Borough of Sutton, the development of Carshalton from its entry as Aultone in the Doomsday Book to the thriving village it has become, and the historic environs of the River Wandle.
The Museum has an on-going diary of events which illuminate the history of many aspects of the Borough of Sutton, and a fascinating range of topics beyond. Look out for the delightful collection of Edwardian toys on display in the Childhood Room and visit the lovely tea room and The Friends' Shop with its range of publications, greetings cards, pocket-money toys and unusual gifts. The Friends support all this, and very much more.
Visitors are welcome to take photographs, so long as it is done sensibly and with respect to other visitors.
Honeywood is owned by the London Borough of Sutton and run by council staff assisted by volunteers supported by both the council and The Friends. The Friends are currently providing financial assistance to Sutton council with the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of its building and its grounds.
Honeywood Museum, Honeywood Walk, Carshalton SM5 3NX - Telephone 020 8770 4297 - Find Honeywood Museum
Honeywood Museum is currently open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 to 17:00. Sutton Council's current information relating to booking a visit may be found here. Walk-in visits are available if you're nearby and would look to look around. Visitors are requested to wear face masks whilst on the premises. A regular cleansing regime is in operation, and hand sanitisers are freely available.
The Friends' Shop at Honeywood Museum
Our shop, selling unusual gifts, stocking-fillers, and a range of local publications is open throughout the Museum's opening times. You do not need to book a visit to pop in and browse!
We have a really delightful new collection of greetings cards designed by local artist Julie Curry, depicting flowers, fruit and wildlife.
The Tea Room at Honeywood Museum
The Tea Room is open daily from 10:00, closing at 16:00 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, and 17:00 Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Closed for Christmas and the New Year from Sunday 19 December to Saturday 1 January inclusive.
Indoor and outdoor service is provided, as well as takeaways.
When Honeywood Museum is closed our ever-popular Duck Food and our Carshalton Heritage Walk booklet will be available from the Tea Room, both for just 30p. A natural food for our resident water fowl, and an exploration of lovely Carshalton to wander whilst discovering its historic past!
Wedding Ceremonies at Honeywood
Sutton Council has made Honeywood Museum available for civil ceremonies and weddings. This beautiful historic venue offers value for money, and is perfectly placed for small intimate ceremonies. Steeped in history, the venue will ensure your special day is remembered with love and joy. Further information here. Download a copy of the brochure and enquire with the team to book a viewing. Limited availability.
Guides to Honeywood Museum in other languages
Our first three Guides are available from Reception to guide you round our lovely Museum:
The Honeywood Garden Project
Find out about Honeywood’s historic gardens and the features they hold. Follow our progress as we interpret them, and plans to renovate and restore them start to be made.
What's on and coming up at Honeywood Museum
See also our Regular Events and Exhibitions pages. Full details of events in the months ahead here >>>