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“Walk through history”
Review of Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall
Ranked #4 of 29 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 19 August 2014

We popped in here on a spur of the moment and am so glad we did. The hall has changed very little over the centuries so you feel like you are walking through the past.
The guides are very helpful. Look out for the unusual paned windows.
The gardens are a pleasure to walk through. The cafe is also worth a visit.
Don't miss this little gem.

Thank Rachael H
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Reviewed 18 August 2014 via mobile

Me, my sons and father in law spent a wonderful afternoon at Haddon Hall today. The setting is perfect with steep hills, woods and distant views framed by a swift river. The rooms in the house are so atmospheric and there is an absence of warning signs and pushy guides which allow you to wander and contemplate alone. The guides were helpful but left you to muse. The chapel was amazing but the Long Gallery was breathtaking. Every room had something for the photographer, and the gardens were stocked with Tudor plants which were subtly scented and perfectly complimented the house. The restaurant served up food that was well presented, tasty and excellent value for money. The entry cost was half that of Chatsworth, but Haddon Hall was actually twice as atmospheric as the Duke of Devonshire's pile up the road. Visit the hall soon, you won't be disappointed!

1  Thank Jonatenner
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

Stunningly beautiful, very atmospheric, quite unique. Much older than Chatsworth, much less palatial and glossy etc - but somehow far more evocative and memorable, with that elusive 'spirit of place' thing that is quite exceptional. It's all castle turrets, dark stone corridors and courtyards which suddenly open out into oak panelled banqueting halls and sitting rooms etc, hung with old tapestries and full of ancient furniture simply decorated with bowls of fresh flowers from the gardens. The Long Gallery is astonishing, the medieval frescoes in the Chapel are unforgettable and the wonderful walled gardens - bursting with roses, clematis and lavender when we were there - are really special. Please don't miss Haddon Hall if you're in the Peak District!

1  Thank FussyBrighton
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

Trip to a place I went to when I was 8 but have thought of visiting many times since then. Adult admission is £10 which I think is reasonable but there is a further £1.50 charge to park your car. An old and interesting house that is still a family home. Not huge but quite a lot to see. Note that the whole place feels like its sliding down the hill and there are many trip hazards for those who are perhaps not quite so sure on their feet, with uneven floors, very worn steps (from 600 years of use) and some parts are quite dark. Restaurant was good with plenty of choice and not too pricey. Nice little gift shop if that's your thing.

Thank Jackie L
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

This is one of the nicest historic houses I have ever visited. Parts of it date back to the 13th century but much of it is from the late Tudor era. Indeed, the BBC staged a Tudor feast there a couple of years ago and even used the medieval kitchens to cook the food in. The fact that Haddon Hall was not lived in for 200 years has allowed it to retain more of a medieval/Tudor character than some properties from this era. It is a very relaxed place where you may wander at will and there are no photography restrictions. As well as the house, there are some lovely gardens to explore. The Haddon Restaurant is very good too, with food of gastro pub quality at tea room prices.
This is a very old house and there are steps up to the entrance. The ancient stone floors are very uneven, so anyone who is not so steady on their feet or, like me, just plain clumsy, should take care.

Thank Liz B
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