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Hall Place and Gardens

At Hall Place and Gardens there really is something for everyone. Visitors to the estate's fine Tudor mansion and award-winning gardens can enjoy fascinating history in a fabulous setting throughout the year.

The North Courtyard, Hall Place - Copyright of Bexley Heritage Trust

Hall Place is a Grade I listed Tudor mansion, built for a former Lord Mayor of London in 1537 and is located within 65 acres of stunning award winning gardens. It has recently undergone major restoration and the venue hosts a wide programme of events, art activities, concerts and theatre in the house and gardens. Several rooms are available to hire for meetings and events, including the Great Hall and Great Chamber, which are also licensed for civil wedding ceremonies.

Bexley Heritage Trust runs a popular education and outreach service and organised activities during the school holidays. More details about Hall Place and events can be found in Related Links on the right, while a range of views of the house and gardens can be downloaded under Related Media.


Finding Hall Place

Hall Place and Gardens, Bourne Road, Bexley, Kent, DA5 1PQ. Tel: 01322 526574.

Hall Place is located just off the A2, 5 miles from Junction 2 of the M25. It is just a fifteen minute walk from Bexley Rail Station and is well served by local bus routes which stop nearby. See the map under Related Links for more information.


Admission

Entry to the historic house at Hall Place costs £7 for Adults, £5 for under 16s/concessions, and £20 for a family (2 adults and up to three children).

If you Gift Aid your ticket, it will be valid for unlimited repeat visits within a 12-month period.


Opening times

Historic House1 April - 31 October1 November - 31 March
Monday to Saturday10am - 5pm10am - 4pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays10am - 5pm11am - 4pm
Riverside Cafe1 April - 31 October1 November - 31 March
Monday to Saturday10am - 5pm10am - 4.30pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays10am - 5pm10am - 4.30pm

Last admission is thirty minutes before closing time.  

The house will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The house will also be closed on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Gardens
Formal gardens and parklandOpen every day from 9am until dusk 
Glasshouse and nurseryOpen every day
9am - 4.30pm in winter
9am - 6pm in summer

The glasshouses and nursery will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The glasshouses and nursery will also be closed on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.


Gardens

The Hall Place gardens are one of only a handful of sites in the country to have won the Civic Trust's Green Flag award for eleven successive years and also have Green Heritage Site status. 

Visitors can experience a wide range of spectacular gardens all on one site - from a stunning topiary called the Queen's Beasts, planted to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II to rose and herb gardens. There is also a plant nursery with display gardens, model gardens and a sub-tropical plant house where you can see bananas ripening in mid-winter!

The River Cray which runs through the grounds of Hall Place adds its own particular feature and is home to many different types of wildlife. Many visitors enjoy taking a leisurely exploration of the surrounding parkland through which the Cray flows. 


Museum and galleries

The museum exhibition galleries are found on the first floor of the house and include archaeology, costume, arms and armour, natural history, fine art and much more.

Hall Place also has three spaces for displaying contemporary art and exhibitions of community interest

  • The Stables Gallery next to the visitor centre is a fantastic space for work in all media that will be seen by all visitors to house and gardens.
  • The Halcot Gallery next to reception in the main house is a smaller space and is ideally suited to art and craft exhibitions.
  • The Austen Gallery on the first floor above the Tudor Kitchen is an ideal space for community groups to put on exhibitions  

Miller and Carter

In 1990 the eighteenth century barn underwent extensive refurbishment and now forms an attractive 'Miller & Carter' restaurant whilst still retaining the character and charm of the original buildings.