Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall is a fortified medieval manor house residing near Bakewell in the Peak District. It stands the test of time as one of Britain’s oldest houses. Characteristic of a Northern Game of Thrones castle, it’s only fitting that the illegitimate son of William the Conqueror occupied this place. But it’s most recognisable as host to famous novel films.

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Description

Haddon Hall is one of the best preserved houses in Britain with 900 years of heritage passed down a family of royal favourites. Records show William Peverel, who is alleged to be a son of William the conquerer, first owned it in 1086. Granting of titles and land ownership were common ways for a king to reward those close to them. However, Haddon Hall was seized from Peverel’s son, who was involved in a plot against the crown. So in 1170, the Vernon family, who were influential knights and loyalists to the king were bestowed ownership.

The estate eventually transferred to the Manners family upon the marriage of Dorothy Vernon to John Manners, the son of Thomas Manners, the 1st Earl of Rutland, in 1557. Thomas was once the cupbearer and great favourite of King Henry VIII, granting him keepership of prominent land like Belvoir Castle where the family choose to reside today. Hence, Haddon Hall has thrived as a popular tourist attraction, being one of the most romantic and atmospheric buildings in England.

Haddon hall has remained intact with a unique architectural combination of Tudor, Edwardian and Medieval. Walking through the grounds truly feels like a step back in time. The hall has a remarkable collection of antique furniture, including huge dining tables famous for its elaborate banquets, which are held several times a year and feature period costumes, music, and food. Original gifts from Henry VIII and other prominent historical figures decorate the house.

The estate is a prime location for filmmakers, having featured in the films adaptations of iconic novels such as Pride & Prejudice and Jane Eyre.

What to do

Take a guided tour of the halls, which is included in the admission fee. Simply walking around the premise is rewarding enough but learning about the highlights of interior and structural choices certainly makes for a more interesting story.

Go on a wildlife walk. The Medieval parkland surrounding Haddon Hall was one of the few permitted by royalty to be a deer park and became a haven for wildlife. You’ll find badgers, foxes, and a variety of bird and flowers that bring the picture-perfect landscape to life. The rolling hills of the Peak District build on spectacular scenes expanding in every direction.

Attend music events. Haddon Hall seeks to enhance its reputation as a music setting. Singers and musicians often perform at the hall if you enjoy choirs and instrumental talents.

Opening times

Opening Times:
Car Park & Ticket Office: 10:00 am-3:30 pm
Hall & Gardens: 10:30 am-4:30 pm (last entry at 3:30 pm)
Restaurant: Serving from 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Prices

Adult(16 and above)£23.90
Concession      (Over 60)£21.90
Student(With a valid ID)£20.00
Child(Age 0-15)FREE