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“Well worth a visit.”
Review of Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall
Ranked #3 of 27 things to do in Bakewell
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Haddon Hall stands on a rocky outcrop overlooking the River Wye. One of the finest examples of a Medieval and Tudor manor house, open to visitors, with wonderful gardens.Visit Haddon Hall and truly step back in time. Visit our website for full details of opening times, prices, and our full list of special events.We also have a Restaurant selling fresh, local produce and a Gift Shop which carries a good range of locally sourced giftware.
Reviewed 23 July 2014

Haddon Hall is a well preserved mediaeval building and gives a fascinating insight into life centuries ago. Staff are very pleasant and the restaurant is well worth a visit. It is possible to visit the restaurant without having to pay to enter the hall but having said that I would strongly recommend a visit to the hall as well.

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Don't expect the opulence of Chatsworth house to be found here. The "newest" room at Haddon hall was apparently built in the 1600's which was when some of the larger rooms at Chatsworth were being constructed. Also, if you watched the recent Jane Eyre don't expect to see as many furnishings on display as were in that movie...the set designers did a lot of work to make the house look like a lived in place. While the furnishings and objets d'art may be sparse you have to take the house for what it is...a stunning example of English Tudor architecture. This house is more about the history and small details then grandeur and large art collections. If you're a real history buff you might want to do a guided tour because the tour guides will tell you more about the details of the house than you can pick up just walking through, I didn't know they were available and was walking through when one was being given, and I learned that the tapestry in the main hall was a gift from Henry VIII. I loved the long walking hall, and the gardens had beautiful flowers in full bloom as well as views of the country side. My favorite however is the chapel. It is stunning to walk into such a historic space. You can see medieval frescos on the walls and relief sculpture behind the alter. I highly recommend a visit here, you can also walk from Bakewell and make an afternoon of it and see more of the country side too. (stop in the Bakewell visitor center and get a walking map they will guide you along a footpath to Haddon Hall...be prepared for mud though lol).

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Reviewed 22 July 2014

We visited 21 July 2014. The car park attendant was welcoming and wished us an enjoyable visit, kindly advising us to take care crossing the busy A6 to the entrance of the Hall.
Approaching the ticket booth, I saw a sign indicating that large bags couldn't be taken into the Hall so I queried whether my fairly large shoulder bag would be an issue. The friendly ticket seller said this mainly referred to haversacks, which must be left in safe keeping as some people forget they are carrying them and which consequently may knock over or damage artefacts (fair point).

It was a fine summers day and the short walk across the little bridge over the River Wye set the scene for our visit. Each wonderful, ancient room was full of atmosphere and would I think capture the imagination of anyone with a soul. We were not discouraged from taking photographs. Comprehensive laminated notes were to hand and House Guides were standing discreetly available should you wish to know more. Ancient pieces were carefully maintained and I noticed to my amusement that a beribboned teasel was placed strategically on the seat of any ancient chair, a subtle hint as much for our safety as for the seat! Some seating was available if needed.

The terraced gardens were beautiful and offered magnificent views across the Derbyshire countryside. There were plenty of seats, some covered, to sit and enjoy the views.

I'd recommend flat shoes, as the floors and some ancient well trodden steps are uneven in places. There are useful visitor notes on the Haddon Hall website.

We bought a guide book, which was beautifully produced, at £5 better value than many we've seen. We will certainly visit again.

1  Thank Sheila T
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

The National Trust could learn a lot about the way this house is presented and run.

The welcome - from the ticket office onwards - is friendly and welcoming in a way that never seeks to impose restrictions on you from the moment you arrive, and deliberately avoids trying to control the order in which you do things, but simply makes suggestions, and provides knowledgeable information when you ask for it.

It helps that the house itself is such a delight to visit. It feels like a real home - which it still is - and you get a sense of the life of the house over the ages as it has developed. There are a variety of lovely rooms that come not as an endless procession of formal rooms full of paintings and fancy furniture, but as a delightful sequence of unexpected delights that follow the way the house has evolved. The house gives access to the lovely terraced gardens full of fantastic beds of flowers, set off by the romantic old stonework of the house and walls.

2  Thank Jazzer1
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

Started off with a super lunch and the cheese scones were terrific. Both the house and gardens were a joy to behold

Thank Hazelmike1
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