Kentwell Hall is one of England’s finest Tudor houses, developed in stages between about 1500 and 1578. To reach Kentwell you will drive 3/4 mile along an avenue of Lime trees. The house is fully moated and reached by two original bridges. The house is not a stately home but a very much lived-in and loved family home, something it has been for over 500 years. It is also a project - for 35 years now, a non-stop effort to save this beautiful house, re-create its gardens and form a traditional style farm with rare breeds, including the Suffolk Punch (horse), Norfolk Horn Sheep, Long Horn and British White Cattle and the Baudet du Poitou Donkey; less than 60 in the UK and 800 in the world. The gardens at Kentwell Hall are a combination of ancient features, landscaping and planting. The gardens include the main front lawns with a HA HA and wildlife pond, The Walled Garden with a maze of Lavender and a wonderful range of Herbs and Potage, also has in excess of 60 different varieties of Apple and Pear trees. One sight not to be missed is the ancient Yew trees with a modern hedge of ‘Pied Piper’ topiary. Kentwell Hall is home to many special events throughout the year; Tudor re-enactment weeks, Kentwell through the Ages, Kentwell at War (incorporating WW1 & WW2), Children’s Magical Weekends, Dickensian Christmas and many more live & outdoor special events i.e. Opera & Open Air Cinema. Kentwell is a fantastic venue with so much to see and do and that all the family will enjoy.
Please check our website www.kentwell.co.uk for details of opening and events
Tickets vary according to the event. Please visit our website www.kentwell.co.uk to check prices and to book online for discounted rates.
Long Melford is approx 20 minutes from Bury St Edmunds, 1 hour from Cambridge. Colchester is approx 30 minutes. London is 1 hour 20 mins by car. Closest rail link is Sudbury, changing at Marks Tey on a direct line from London Liverpool Street.
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Facilities and services
- Picnic area
- Parking for coaches
- Gardens open to public
- Wheelchair access to some public areas
- Wheelchairs available for loan
- Toilets for disabled
- Conference facilities available
- Facilities for private functions and events
- Meeting room available
- Baby changing facilities
- Education facilities available
Kentwell Hall is assessable for Wheel Chairs & Buggies. The Stable Yard Tea Rooms offer a range of light lunches and afternoon tea (with produce from our own farm). Free car parking and disabled parking is on site. Kentwell has a wheel chair available for use but must be pre-booked. Any additional information required please call 01787 310207.
- Commercial filming service
- Licensed for weddings
- Events and resources for children and families
- Activities for pre-school children
- Information point provided
- Pre-booking service for groups
- Social History
- East of England
- Built heritage
- listed building
- Historic Garden
- Historic House (built heritage)
- Rural heritage (built heritage)
- Heritage landscape
- living history
- local history
- Rural Heritage
- Landscape history
- Rural traditions
- community (history)
- ghosts and supernatural
- Historic Costume
- 18th century (1701 - 1800)
- 20th century (1901 - 2000)
- 21st century (2001 to present day)
- 15th century (1401 - 1500)
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