Hall Place and Gardens

Hall Place and Gardens
Bourne Road
Bexley
Kent
DA5 1PQ
England

Website

website

www.hallplace.org.uk

E-mail

info@hallplace.org.uk

Telephone

01322 526574

Fax

01322 621238

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
Hall Place and Gardens, Bexley. A stone flint tudor building with a red brick Stuart extention set within the carved chess piece topiary trees.
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Hall Place is a Grade I listed Tudor country house originally built in 1537 and also with a 17th century courtyard built by later owner Sir Robert Austen. By exploring the historic property, you can quite literally touch the past and outside in the 65 hectares of stunning grounds, you can see an abundance of wildlife before completing your day in the Riverside Cafe which provides stunning views across the nearby River Cray. Hall Place also hosts a whole series of varied and exciting events and can also be hired for private functions. Please contact us for more details.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site, Museum, Gallery, Heritage site

Opening hours

The house, visitor centre and cafe are open daily from 10am to 5pm - last admission is 30 minutes before closing. They are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

The gardens are open daily from 9am to dusk and the glasshouses are open everyday from 10am to 5pm.

Admission charges

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. The Stables Gallery, Visitor Centre and Riverside Café can also be accessed free of charge.

Discounts

  • National Trust
Getting there

If you wish to visit Hall Place by car we are situated in Bourne Road which is just off of the A2 and 10 minutes from Junction 2 of the M25 and 15 minutes from Junction 1 of the M20. Both car and coach parking bays are available. Parking is free. To access Hall Place by train, the nearest station is Bexley Station which is a 15 minute walk away from the house. Hall Place is also accessible on 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 which are provided in the car park. If you are coming by bus, the 229, 492, 132 and B12 buses all stop near to Hall Place.

Additional info

The historic house, Visitor Centre, Riverside Cafe, Stables Art Gallery and glasshouses are accessible to wheelchair users. There are a limited number of hardstanding paths through the formal gardens. Disabled parking bays and toilet facilities are available. Assistance dogs are welcome. Wheelchairs and mobile scooters are available for free rent, courtesy of the Bexley Association of Disabled People. Advance booking for the use of the wheelchairs and scooters is required. Touch tours are also available upon prior request.

Local social history and archaeology.

Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Land Transport, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • A year long programme of temporary art and history exhibitions.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Queen of cats

The Cat Circus

  • 29 March — 31 August 2014 *on now

Jessica Jane Charleston is an artist who illustrates, writes and makes handmade letterpress books. Jessica’s picture book, The Cat Circus, will be brought to
life in a new exhibition to coincide with the Quentin Blake exhibition ‘As Large as Life’. You can see the exhibition everyday from 10am to 5pm (last admission 4.30pm) from March 29 to August 31.

On the first Sunday of every month from 10am to 2pm you can also meet Jessica as she reads from the book and demonstrates how a letterpress works.

Admission ticket for the house required - for more details, please see the Hall Place website.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission ticket for the house required - for more details, please see the Hall Place website.

Website

http://www.hallplace.org.uk

Welcome to Planet Zog

Special Exhibition: Quentin Blake - As Large as Life

  • 29 March — 31 August 2014 *on now

Quentin Blake is one of Britain’s best-loved and most successful illustrators. Well known for illustrating stories by Roald Dahl, Blake was Britain’s first Children’s Laureate. Recently his pictures have escaped from the pages of books as works for the walls of museums and hospitals and other public spaces. Quentin Blake – As Large as Life presents work created for hospitals designed to have a therapeutic effect on their residents.

You can see the exhibition everyday from 10am to 5pm (last admission 4.30pm) from March 29 to August 31.

Entry is free with admission tickets to the house - for more details please see the Hall Place website.

This exhibition was organised by Compton Verney in collaboration with the House of Illustration.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Entry is free with admission tickets to the house - for more details please see the Hall Place website.

Website

http://www.hallplace.org.uk

Things We Do in Bed - Curated by Tracy Chevalier

  • 1 April — 31 October 2014 *on now

We spend a third of our lives in bed, much of that time under covers such as quilts to keep us warm. Although some have metamorphosed over time from useful household objects into works of art, Things We Do in Bed celebrates quilts’ continuing links to what goes on behind the bedroom door. A lively mix of quilts and quilt works will be displayed through the five bedrooms in Danson House, with each room focusing on a different bed activity: Birth, Sleep, Sex, Illness and Death.

The show, as seen in Vogue and World of Interiors, features traditional historical quilts dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, alongside contemporary quilted work from artists including Grayson Perry, Sara Impey, Karina Thompson and Michele Walker.

Guest Curator Tracy Chevalier is an internationally bestselling author of seven novels. In her most recent book, The Last Runaway, her heroine is a quilter. As well as learning a lot about quilts, Tracy learnt to quilt by hand.

You can see the exhibition from 12pm to 5pm (last admission is 4.30pm) every Sunday to Thursday from April 1 to October 31. Entry to the exhibition is free with an admission ticket to the house – for more details, please see the Danson House website.

Where

Danson House
Danson House
Danson Park
Danson Road
Bexleyheath
Kent
DA6 8HL
England

Admission

Entry to the exhibition is free with an admission ticket to the house – for more details, please see the Danson House website.

Website

http://www.dansonhouse.org.uk

photograph of children petting bunnies

Holiday Activity - Animal Magic

  • 4 — 8 August 2014

Meet jumping geckos, cute bunnies, mischievous meerkats, hungry ducklings,
a digging porcupine and much more. Get close up and personal with all the amazing animals from Animal Magic. A wonderful family experience. 10:00, 11:00 and 14:00 (1 hour sessions).

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • Family friendly

Admission

£6.00 children, £3.00 adults. All tickets in advance (numbers limited): 01322 621238.

Website

http://www.hallplace.org.uk

Holiday Activity - Fairy School

Holiday Activity- Fairy School

  • 18 — 20 August 2014

Calling all trainee fairies! On August 18, 19 and 20 why not attend an enchanting school where pupils enjoy storytelling, fairy cake decorating, dancing, crafts and other magical skills? Can you graduate this year? Fairies include both girls and boys. Perfect for 3-9 year olds. 10am and 2pm (2 hour sessions). £8 per child, adults free. All tickets in advance (numbers limited): 01322 621238.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£8 per child, adults free. All tickets in advance (numbers limited): 01322 621238.

Website

http://www.hallplace.org.uk

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Holiday Activity - Summer Garden Trail

Holiday Activity - Summer Garden Trail

  • 2 — 31 August 2014

Angelica Sprocket has THE most amazing magical pockets. Unfortunately she’s
lost some in the gardens at Hall Place. Can you find her missing pockets and discover what’s hidden inside? Pick up your trail sheet from the house reception. Daily, 10am – 4.30pm. £2 per trail.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

£2 per trail.

Website

http://www.hallplace.org.uk

Holiday Activity - Fairy School

Holiday Activity - Fairy School

  • 13 — 14 August 2014 From 10am

Calling all trainee fairies! On August 13 and 14 why not attend an enchanting school where pupils enjoy storytelling, fairy cake decorating, dancing, crafts and other magical skills? Can you graduate this year? Fairies include both girls and boys. Perfect for 3-9 year olds. 10am and 2pm (2 hour sessions). £8 per child, adults free. All tickets in advance (numbers limited): 01322 621238.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 0-4
  • 7-10

Admission

£8 per child, adults free. All tickets in advance (numbers limited): 01322 621238.

Website

http://www.hallplace.org.uk

photograph of flying bat

Evening Activity - Bat Walks

  • 19 August 2014 8-9:30pm
  • 21 August 2014 8-9:30pm

Join us on a dusk walk to listen to, and hopefully catch a glimpse of, these nocturnal
creatures in their natural habitat. Followed by tea and cake. 8pm. £10 adults,
£8 under-16s. All tickets in advance: 01322 621238.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+
  • Family friendly

Admission

£10.00 adults, £8.00 under-16s. All tickets in advance: 01322 621238.

Website

http://www.hallplace.org.uk

Big Screen Outdoor Cinema - Les Miserables (Cert. 12A)

Big Screen Outdoor Cinema - Les Miserables (Cert. 12A)

  • 3 September 2014 From 6:30pm

The film adaptation of the world’s best loved musical, “Les Miserables” makes the perfect film for a night of cinema under the stars! Brit director, Tom Hooper, with a cast boasting Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway in a scene stealing performance as Fantine, broke box office records and set the benchmark for all musical films. Get ready to sing along to the most rousing score imaginable – from “One Day More” to “Do You Hear The People Sing” and “I Dreamed A Dream” - this film has to be experienced on a giant screen with cinema sound! Please bring a rug or low-backed chair to sit on. Picnics welcome. 7.45pm start (gates open at 6.30pm). £12.50 adults, £8.50 children. All tickets in advance via The Luna Cinema on 0844 858 6767 or www.thelunacinema.com.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£12.50 adults, £8.50 children. All tickets in advance via The Luna Cinema on 0844 858 6767 or www.thelunacinema.com.

Website

http://www.thelunacinema.com

Getting there

If you wish to visit Hall Place by car we are situated in Bourne Road which is just off of the A2 and 10 minutes from Junction 2 of the M25 and 15 minutes from Junction 1 of the M20. Both car and coach parking bays are available. Parking is free. To access Hall Place by train, the nearest station is Bexley Station which is a 15 minute walk away from the house. Hall Place is also accessible on 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 which are provided in the car park. If you are coming by bus, the 229, 492, 132 and B12 buses all stop near to Hall Place.

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