Haddon Hall is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful medieval manor houses in the whole of England, and rightly so. It’s an absolute must-see for any visitor to the Peak District.
Haddon Hall’s castellated stone walls are covered with ivy
and climbing roses, and its perfect setting on a hillside overlooking the River
Wye is straight out of a romantic fairytale.
It’s no small wonder, then, that Haddon Hall has featured in the works of countless artists and writers through the centuries. More recently it has also been a favourite location for film-makers, featuring in Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth, The Princess Bride and The Other Boleyn Girl.
Parts of Haddon Hall date back to the 12th Century and it is remarkably well-preserved, with most of it unchanged since the days of Henry VIII.
In its own version of a Sleeping Beauty tale, Haddon Hall lay dormant for over 200 years from the early 18th Century until the 1920s, when the 9th Duke and Duchess of Rutland restored the house and gardens, and once again brought it to life.
The rooms at Haddon Hall all offer fascinating glimpses into its history, and the Banqueting Hall, Chapel and Kitchens are particularly worth exploring.
The Banqueting Hall dates from 1370 and was once the
communal living space. A great deal of
detail has been preserved in this historically important room, including a 15th
Century French tapestry which was a gift from Henry VIII.
The Kitchens also date from the late 14th Century, and they
are preserved today much as they would have been 500 years ago. There are three separate areas for butchery,
baking and cooking, and visitors can still see the stone bread ovens, chopping
blocks and water troughs that would have been used in Tudor times.
The Chapel at Haddon Hall is dedicated to St Nicholas, and was originally the parish church for Nether Haddon. It has beautifully preserved 15th Century wall paintings. The East Window carries the date 1427, and marks the extension of the Chapel by Richard Vernon VII at that time. The nave is dominated by a moving monument to Lord Haddon, who died in 1894, aged 9. It was designed by his mother, Violet, Duchess of Rutland.
The Gardens of Haddon Hall are justifiably famous and breathtakingly beautiful.
The Elizabethan terraced garden is the perfect place for a
summer stroll, and provides superb views of the surrounding countryside.
The Fountain Terrace was replanted by Chelsea Award winner
Arne Maynard in 2011, and fills the garden with shades of pink and purple in
Spring and Summer.
The Restaurant at Haddon Hall
When you’ve worked up an appetite exploring Haddon Hall, don’t
forget to visit the licensed restaurant in the 17th Century stable block adjacent
to the Hall. It provides wonderful views of the estate and has an extensive menu,
with a fantastic selection of speciality dishes, lunchtime specials, light
bites, sandwiches and cakes, all of which are prepared using fresh, local
The Restaurant is open to visitors to Haddon Hall and to the general public (there is no admission charge for those wishing to use the restaurant only).
We are proud to show off the grounds of Haddon Hall, its
ancient parkland and organic farmland. Join
one of our knowledgeable guides on a walk through the estate and learn about
our river, our ancient trees and the history of the area. You may
meet our Longhorn cattle and rare breed sheep along the way, as well as some
As the walk is not on footpaths, sturdy shoes are a
necessity, as well as warm, walking attire. The walk is not
particularly arduous and is kept at a relaxed pace, covering around 2 miles in
about 2 hours. There are regular breathers and plenty of opportunity to
discuss the area. Please note that parts of the route can be
muddy and there is a steep descent which should be considered when
We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to hold your
civil wedding ceremony at Haddon Hall. Haddon
Hall has welcomed visitors for hundreds of years and its beauty and atmosphere
never fails to enchant. This is a
romantic venue that will leave you and your guests with cherished memories for life.
Haddon Hall is licensed to host civil ceremonies in two of
its most magnificent rooms: the Elizabethan Long Gallery, reputed to be one of
the most beautiful rooms in England, and the equally grand Tudor panelled
Parlour. We also have permission to host
civil ceremonies in our Garden Pavilion set within the walled gardens.
Haddon Hall is located just outside the pretty Peak District town of Bakewell.
Haddon Hall is open to the public 7 days a week, 10.30am-5.00pm, from April to October. It is also open for Christmas events in early December (10.30am-4.00pm). Please check opening times before visiting.
Adult (16 and over)
Concessions (60 and over)
Student (with valid ID)
Children (aged up to 15)
£3 per car
If you visit Haddon Hall regularly, or would like to, please
consider buying a Regular Visitor Pass for only £33.00. This allows unlimited entry to the Hall and
Gardens for 12 months, during our open period, for general admission, as well
as discounted entry for accompanying guests
We welcome all visitors, but due to the age and nature of Haddon Hall there are many uneven floors and steps within the site. Unfortunately access for visitors with disabilities, particularly wheelchair users, is very restricted. We suggest that if you are in any doubt, please call the Estate Office on 01629 812855 in advance for further information.
Unfortunately, we cannot allow large bags, prams, pushchairs or mobility scooters into Haddon Hall. We offer a variety of alternative baby carrying equipment, and safe bag storage at the entrance.
We regret that dogs are not permitted, other than Guide and Support dogs.