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“a stately home in an unlikely place!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Aston Hall

Aston Hall
Ranked #19 of 275 things to do in Birmingham
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Owner description: Built around 1618, this was the last conventional Jacobean house erected in England, which today features fine 17th-century architectural detail including plasterwork, woodwork and chimneypieces.
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“a stately home in an unlikely place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2010

Too many people in Birmingham think that Aston is a place to watch the Villa play and best avoided at other times! While it is a deprived area, it is also an exciting place to live with a wonderful mix of different cultures. Amongst the modern tower blocks and council estates are some architectural gems - with Aston Hall right at the heart of it. I live around the corner and it is one of my favourite places to visit.

It is a proper stately home, in amazing grounds and fantastic history to it - and it's completely free! So you can spend as little or as long as you want there. Staff are welcoming, always ready to answer questions. It is also well worth taking in the newly planted formal gardens, and Aston Park around the hall is worth a stroll any time of the year but especially on a lazy sunday afternoon in the summer when a cricket match will be played out and a very energetic asian version of volleyball. It's closed off-season but last December I booked a ticket to Aston Hall by Candlelight and would highly recommend it, they had very convincing actors in Victorian period dress and some great entertainment.

If you're at the Hall it is very close to the oldest building in Aston, the parish church, well worth a visit - and also the Transport Museum less than 10 minutes walk away. It is also a stones throw from Aston Villa's ground.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“well worth a visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2009

I just wanted to recommend Aston Hall , which has only relatively recently been reopened after refurbishment. This was a favourite day out when I was a child, and in August this year I took my 4 year old granddaughters, who were visiting from London.

There are activities suitable for kids of all ages. My two had clipboards with questions, things to spot in the various rooms and there were also places where they could draw pictures and an interactive room at the top of the house with various activities which older children were enjoying too. The house itself is beautiful and interesting , I particularly enjoyed the kitchen, and the servants quarters right up in the attics. Lovely gardens, and a nice little cafe made it a great way to spend a few hours. And best of all - its free entry! When I was there fellow visitors were almost all Brummies like me - but this would be a excellent attraction for overseas visitors - I dont think many people associate Birmingham with stately homes, but this is well worth a visit.

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“wonderful day out for all ages”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2009

Very enjoyable day out. Beautiful gardens and a very grand, gorgeous looking house, inside and out. Took my grandparents and son, we were three genrations and it suited everybody. Staff very friendly. Would highly recommend and visit.

3 Thank ginaSolihull
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“History by Candlelight”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2008

I visited Aston Hall many years ago..........
The Flickering candles created a ghostly but yet welcoming
feeling as you were transported back to the 1600,s.
An overwhelming feeling that i had been there before,the portraits,the period furniture all seemed familiar.......
Imagine defending the house against the Roundheads........
Lodging King Charles 1st for a night....
I,m sure i felt the presence of the Holte family still in their house.
I now live at Phillip Island..South East of Melbourne but i,m sure it was Aston Hall that ignited my passion for English history.
I would reccomend visiting especially by "Candlelight"

3 Thank MelbourneVillian
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“loved aston hall”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2003

sir thomas holt use to live a aston hall back in the 16th century.his ghost stil lingers and also the ghost of his daughter who he locked away many years ago.the house is so beautiful.i just love walking around the house.as im a paranormal investigator i can sence things.but i would love to stay there the night. thankyou.

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