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.

Butterfly Jungles Experience & Plant Centre

  • 25 November 2014 — 23 December 2015 *on now

In the Butterfly Jungles Experience visitors will be able to walk amongst stunning free flying butterflies from around the world in a rainforest environment full to the brim with beautiful exotic flowers. All stages of the butterfly’s incredible life cycle can be observed at first from egg laying, fascinating caterpillars and incredible pupae from which visitors will be able to see the adult butterflies hatch and dry their wings. There will be feeding stations where visitors can observe fruit feeding species. A butterfly expert will also be on hand to explain all. Open in the glasshouses daily, 10am – 4pm. £4 adults, £3 children. No need to book.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£4 adults, £3 children.

Website

http://www.hallplace.org.uk

Code Name: Santa Fe Exhibition - The Secret Wartime History of Hall Place

  • 26 November 2014 — 15 March 2015 *on now

Discover how American soldiers stationed at Hall Place – code name Santa Fe – intercepted encoded messages sent by the Germans. GI veterans’ memories and declassified files reveal the importance of their round-the-clock, top-secret work, which helped defeat the Nazis.

The exhibition is on display in the house between 10am and 5pm (last admission at 4.30pm) everyday from November 26 2014 to March 15 2015 (with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day).

Also:

Join the North Kent Radio Society in the Galleries on the second full weekend of every month that the exhibition runs to have a go at radio transmissions and Morse code.

Pick up your free guide to explore how the house and gardens were used in 1944.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Entrance to the exhibition is free with entry tickets to the house. Entry tickets cost £8 per adult and £6 per concession/under-16 year old. A family ticket valid for 2 adults and up to 3 children is also available for £24. Friends of Bexley Heritage Trust, Annual Pass Holders and National Art Pass holders all enjoy free admission to the house and exhibition. National Trust members enjoy half price admission with single tickets although not with group bookings.

Website

http://www.hallplace.org.uk

Butterfly Jungles Experience and Plant Centre

  • 1 February — 23 December 2015

In the Butterfly Jungles Experience visitors will be able to walk amongst stunning free flying butterflies from around the world in a rainforest environment full to the brim with beautiful exotic flowers. All stages of the butterfly’s incredible life cycle can be observed at first from egg laying, fascinating caterpillars and incredible pupae from which visitors will be able to see the adult butterflies hatch and dry their wings. There will be feeding stations where visitors can observe fruit feeding species. A butterfly expert will also be on hand to explain all. Open in the glasshouses daily, 10am – 4pm. £4 adults, £3 children. No need to book.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£4 adults, £3 children.

Website

http://www.hallplace.org.uk

All About Owls

  • 18 February — 16 November 2015

If you visit Hall Place you’ll be able to meet captive owls and even get the chance to hold one. Meet Jambs Owls and their visitor-friendly barn owls, eagle owls and other species. Hear how the owls survive in the wild, what they like to eat and even learn about their nocturnal habits. The owls can be seen from 10am-4pm in the glasshouses every Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday (plus Wednesdays & Thursdays during the school holidays). £4 adults, £3 children. No need to book.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£4 adults, £3 children.

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.

Christmas Garden Trail

  • 15 November 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

A festive family trail that leads you through the Hall Place Gardens. Pick up your trail sheet from the house reception.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£2 per trail

Website

http://www.bexleyheritagetrust.org.uk/

Farmers' Market

Farmers’ Market

  • 4 January 2015 10am-2pm
  • 1 February 2015 10am-2pm
  • 1 March 2015 10am-2pm
  • 5 April 2015 From 10am

On the first Sunday of every month you can buy the best local produce at Hall Place.
Meet the farmers and producers, try food samples and buy everything from home-grown fruit and vegetables, through to delicious cakes, bread, cheese and chutneys. Simply scrumptious!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free Entry.

Garden Birdwatch

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

  • 25 January 2015 10am-2pm

We’re taking part in the RSPB’s Garden Birdwatch. Come along and help us to identify some of the River Cray’s birdlife. Meet at the bird hide.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://www.bexleyheritagetrust.org.uk/

National Storytelling Week

National Storytelling Week - I’m a Victorian Get Me Out of Here!

  • 7 February 2015 11:30am-12:30pm

Mr Jack Black is the official rat catcher for Queen Victoria. He has recently gone up in the world and is now on the lookout for new apprentices. He has a selection of horrible jobs on offer, in fact some of the worst jobs in the history. Disgusting, exhausting... but someone has to do it! This educational show encourages the audience to learn and laugh at the same time.

Admission

£7 Adults and £5 children. Tickets in Advance. Not suitable for under 7s.

Website

http://www.bexleyheritagetrust.org.uk/

Holiday Activity

Holiday Activity – Rainbow Owls

  • 16 — 20 February 2015 ,

Hear about the little white owl and his adventure to find new friends. Create your own rainbow owl mask to take home. Includes fun story and craft activity.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£4 Children
Free Adults

Website

http://www.bexleyheritagetrust.org.uk/

Code Name: Santa Fe Exhibition - Film Show

  • 17 February 2015 2:30-4pm

Watch local war-time footage recorded across the borough presented by Bexley’s Local Studies & Archives manager, Simon McKeon.

Admission

£8 Adults
£6 Under 16s/ concessions
£24 Family (2 adults and up to 3 children)

Numbers limited so please reserve your place in advance.

Website

http://www.bexleyheritagetrust.org.uk/

Guided Walk

Guided Walk

  • 28 February 2015 8-9:30am

Join the Bexley RSPB group on a nature and bird walk around the estate. Includes breakfast in the Riverside Café afterwards.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£10 per person.

Website

http://www.bexleyheritagetrust.org.uk/

Garden Trail

Easter Garden Trail

  • 28 March — 12 April 2015

A fun family trail that leads you through the Hall Place Gardens. Pick up your trail sheet from the visitor centre.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£2 per trail.

Website

http://www.bexleyheritagetrust.org.uk/

Holiday Activity – The Hungry Frog

  • 30 March — 2 April 2015 ,

Make your own hungry frog toy and help him catch his dinner. Includes fun story and craft activity.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£4 Children
Adults Free

Website

http://www.bexleyheritagetrust.org.uk/

Plant Fairs Roadshow

Plant Fairs Roadshow

  • 19 April 2015 10am-3pm

Join a collection of small specialist nurseries for a spring plant fair with a difference! Find interesting perennial plants, shrubs and grasses and take the opportunity to track down some stunning plants.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free Entry

Website

http://www.bexleyheritagetrust.org.uk/

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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