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Hall Place and Gardens

Hall Place Bourne Road, Bexley DA5 1PQ, England
+44 1322 526574
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A small Oasis in London suburbs

We visited on Father's Day, taken out by our daughter who is on a very tight budget and were not... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
katykay217
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West Malling, United Kingdom
Stunning gardens, delightful house

This staggeringly lovely garden has examples of classic garden design from all periods of the 20th... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
MissVolare
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London, United Kingdom
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Introduction Sitting on the banks of the River Cray, Hall Place is a Grade I listed Tudor country house originally built in 1537 for Sir John Champneys (a prominent merchant and one time Lord Mayor of London) and with a 17th century courtyard built by later owner Sir Robert Austen (who purchased the house in 1649). The focal point of the lower floor of the original Tudor structure is the Great Hall with its polished wood panelling and minstrel's gallery above from which courtiers with lyres and flutes would have serenaded the revellers in the banqueting hall below. Leading off from the Great Hall is the Tudor kitchen where haunches of venison and other cuts of meat would have been meticulously prepared for the delectation of the guests. This room has been painstakingly restored first by Lady Limerick (the last private resident of the house until her death in 1943) who added the mock-Tudor fireplace and then by Bexley Heritage Trust (who now manage Hall Place) so that today it looks exactly as it would have done 500 years ago and as such provides a window into a bygone age. The lower floor also boasts a chapel and an activity room where children and adults alike can quite literally touch the past via a series of interactive games designed to recreate the life and times of Hall Place in its heyday. Nearby is also the famed Hall Place turret. One of the most recognisable features of the house with its chequered white stone and flint cladding on the outside, its inside hides a far more sinister secret for it is here that the ghost of the Black Prince and Grey Lady are said to linger. The first floor of the Tudor building also contains the Great Chamber which today houses a museum exhibition which uses objects spanning a period of 10,000 years to chart Bexley's history from prehistoric times right up to the Blitz. Highlights of the display include flint tools used by the area's first primitive inhabitants and a giant woolly mammoth's tooth which was unearthed in Erith. Also of interest is the Long Gallery on the first floor which is impressive both for its commanding views of the rose beds and Queen's Beasts topiary display and for its interior design which includes Tudor designs (such as the mock-Medieval fireplace) and more modern styles (such as the floral motifs on the plaster ceiling). The Tudor house has something for everyone and when this is combined with Austen's red brick extension with its courtyard and clock tower (built in 1653), it means the house is one of the premier tourist attractions in the area. Equally as impressive as the house, are the 65 hectares of sprawling, award-winning gardens in which it sits. These contain greenhouses (where you can see banana trees, fish and terrapins, owls and butterflies), formal gardens (containing rose beds, herbaceous borders and the Queen's Beasts topiary display), model gardens (which will supply inspiration to budding horticulturalists) and finally picnic areas. A recent £2 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has also enabled the construction of a new visitor centre which houses a display on Hall Place's history as well as the new Stables Gallery where pieces of art by local artists are displayed. This grant also facilitated the construction of the Riverside Cafe where you can enjoy hot and cold snacks and refreshing beverages whilst soaking up the views of the nearby river which is brimming with wildlife all year round from Canada geese to sparkling kingfishers. In all Hall Place and its gardens are a prized piece of local heritage which are fun for all the family! Hall Place can also be hired for weddings, conferences and other private events. In addition, Hall Place and Gardens has an exciting events and exhibitions programme featuring open air theatre displays, Christmas concerts, farmers' markets, craft fairs, wildlife events and much, much more. For more details please log onto our website. There is full disabled access to the house and there are wheelchairs available for free hire although the use of these needs to be pre-booked. There is also disabled parking, disabled toilets, a disabled lift and touch tours can be arranged upon request. Visiting Us If you are visiting Hall Place by car we are situated just off of Bourne Road (postcode DA5 1PQ) which lies near to the A2 and is 10 minutes from Junction 2 of the M25 and 15 minutes from Junction 1 of the M20. Free parking for coaches and cars is available. To reach us by train the nearest station is Bexley Station which is just 15 minutes walk away. If you wish to take the bus the 229, 492, 132 and B12 buses all stop nearby. Hall Place is fully accessible by foot and by bike with several footpaths and bike lanes leading to the house. If you are coming by bike you are welcome to use the bike racks located in the car park. Opening Times and Admission Fees The house, visitor centre and cafe are open everyday (save for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day) from 10:00am until 5:00pm. The last admission is 30 minutes before closing. The admission fee for the house is £8 per adult, £6 per concession and £6 per under-16 year old. A family ticket for 2 adults and up to 3 children can also be bought for £24. Admission is free for Friends of Bexley Heritage Trust, Annual Pass Holders and National Art Pass holders. National Trust members enjoy half admission price with individual tickets although not with group bookings. Guided tours of the house can also be pre-booked for a minimum of 12 people with the price being £7.50 per person. The gardens are free and are open everyday from 9:00am till dusk. The glasshouses are open everyday from 10:00am till 5:00pm respectively. The Stables Gallery, Visitor Centre and Riverside Cafe can be accessed free of charge from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Contacting Us If you have any queries relating to hiring Hall Place for a private function, upcoming exhibitions or anything else please contact us by logging onto our website or via the telephone.
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Hall Place Bourne Road, Bexley DA5 1PQ, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited on Father's Day, taken out by our daughter who is on a very tight budget and were not even aware that this lovely little place existed. The gardens are nicely planted with open spaces and pretty borders and access to these are free....More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

This staggeringly lovely garden has examples of classic garden design from all periods of the 20th century, a truly inspiring visit for anyone with a garden. Model front and back gardens are full of suggestions, while set-pieces within the park will wow visitors who've just...More

Thank MissVolare
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Lovely environment for a few hours walking round the gardens and house. Family oriented,but take a picnic as the cafe is ridiculously over priced a panini,not freshly mage was £6.55!

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I have visited Hall Place many times in the past and most recently this week. It has model gardens showing vegetables and plants and how they grow together. As you come in there is a butterfly house, an area for children and a small plant...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place for building surveyors if you have a interest in historic buildings. The most amazing architecture sites in the most amazing tranquil gardens alongside a crystal clear free flowing river teaming with wild life! Great for toddlers adults and some teenagers although no play...More

Thank sneakypeaky
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I went with my partner to the gardens and we did the owl and butterfly experience. so glad I decided to go there. The owls are worth paying a visit and they are really low cost so if you only want to do the owls...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was having lunch at miller and carter and was early so thought would have a look , so glad we did ! The grounds are beautiful and the best bit is seeing and holding the owls ! The man who’s in charge is very knowledgeable...More

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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

What a fabulous place - it was a quick visit to a plant sale but the gardens are beautiful and a great place for families - there is a butterfly garden and owl house / will definitely return

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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Visited Hall Place for a day with friends. The house is very interesting but does not have a lot in it by way of artefacts which is a shame. The exhibition of how it was used during the war was very good. The on site...More

1  Thank Toxshot44
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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed a gorgeous day here just after Easter. The ground are lovely and we'll maintained. The cafe is very popular..the food is great..the cakes superb...and I'm a baker! They could do with a bigger kitchen and more staff to keep up with demand..they queues were...More

Thank Pamela C
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Response from Clive B | Reviewed this property |
Yes the 132 heading towards Bexleyheath, leaves Eltham Church Well Hall Road (Stop G) and can stop at Gravel Hill Close (Stop F). Hall Place is a 3 minute walk from there.
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Yes you can park there all day it's free and there are two very large car parks .
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