Hall Place and Gardens

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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Sitting on the banks of the River Cray, Hall Place was once the country residence of Sir John Champneys, a successful merchant and former Lord Mayor of London. Today you can imagine genteel life in Tudor times as you explore the 500-year-old historic house or take a stroll in the spectacular gardens. Throughout the year, exciting exhibitions and events make Hall Place the perfect destination for all the family.

Venue Type:

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

Opening hours

The house, visitor centre, Stables Gallery and Riverside Café are open daily from 10am to 5pm, last admission is 30 minutes before closing. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Gardens open daily, 9am to dusk. Glasshouses open 10am to 4.30pm.

Admission charges

Adults £8, under-16s/concessions £6, family £24 (2 adults and up to 3 children). Includes entrance to exhibition. If you Gift Aid your ticket, it will be valid for unlimited repeat visits within a 12-month period. You do not need a ticket for the garden, visitor centre or café. Admission is free with National Art Pass. National Trust members receive half price admission (not valid for group bookings or with any other offers). Pre-booked guided tours for groups available all year round. £7.50 each, minimum of 12 people. Refreshments available.

Discounts

  • National Trust
  • National Art Pass
Getting there

If you are visiting Hall Place by car we are situated just off the A2, 10 minutes from M25 (J2), 15 minutes from M20 (J1), parking 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, local services include 229, 492, 132 and B12. Hall Place is fully accessible by foot and by bike with several footpaths and bike lanes leading to the house. Bike racks available.

Additional info

The house, visitor centre, Stables Gallery, Riverside Café and glasshouses are accessible to wheelchair users. There are a limited number of hard standing paths through the formal gardens. Disabled parking bays and toilet facilities available. Assistance dogs welcome. Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available to use, courtesy of the Bexley Association of Disabled People, advance booking is required.

For more information, please contact us on:

01322 526574
info@hallplace.org.uk
www.hallplace.org.uk
www.facebook.com/hallplace
Twitter@bexleyheritage

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.

Mobo Toy Factory: the way we had fun

  • 19 September 2015 — 6 March 2016 *on now

Called Mobo and made in Erith, they were no ordinary toys. The Mobo Bronco, Night Rider and Toy-Toise were stars in a whole stable of mobile toys. Push cars soon followed. Kids across the UK and in the US loved them, making their creator, David Sebel, a British success story in the 1950s and early 60s. This exhibition tells the remarkable story of Erith's toy factory.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Open to everyone but entry ticket to house required (Adults £8, Under 16s / concessions £6, Family £24) or free for Friends and annual pass holders

Website

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

Toy Factory exhibition

  • 24 February 2016 From 8pm

Tune in via Twitter for a tour and Q&A session about the exhibition exploring the successful production of toys such as the Mobo Bronco and Toy-toise in Erith during the 1950s and 60s. 8pm @BexleyHeritage #MoboToyFactory

Website

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

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.

Superhero February

  • 15 — 18 February 2016

Come dressed up as your favourite superhero and make your hero fly in our super craft to take home. 10am & 2pm (1 hr session). All tickets in advance.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£4 children, adults free.

Website

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

The Mobo Toys that Rocked Around the World

  • 18 February 2016 From 2:30pm

Hear the story of how a metal workers in Erith took the world by storm by producing toys. This talk will cover MOBO’s company history from 1912 to the factory’s closure in 1972. Open to everyone but entry ticket to house required (can be purchased on the day) or free for Friends and annual pass holders. Includes entry to exhibition. Please reserve your place in advance.

Admission

Entry ticket to house required (Adults £8, Under 16s / concessions £6)

Website

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

River Cray Nature Walk

  • 12 March 2016 From 8am

Join the Bexley RSPB group on a nature and bird walk around the estate. Includes breakfast in the Riverside Cafe afterwards. 8am (90min walk). Tickets in advance.

Admission

£10 per person.

Website

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

Easter Garden Trail

  • 19 March — 10 April 2016

Find the famous rabbits in a fun trail that leads you through the gardens at Hall Place with a small prize at the end. Pick up your trail sheet from the visitor centre.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£2 per trail, pay on the day

Website

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

Where are all the rabbits?

  • 29 March — 10 April 2016

Hear the charming story of Rabbit and his adventure to find all the other bunnies at Easter. Make your own rabbit craft to take home. Tickets in advance. 10am & 2pm (1 hr session).

Suitable for

  • Especially for children

Admission

£4 children, adults free

Website

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

Colours of Spring Photography Walk

  • 5 April 2016 1:15-3:15pm
  • 24 April 2016 1:15-3:15pm

Join us for a 90 minute photo walk around the Hall Place gardens covering subjects such as macro photography, still life, how to photograph plants and flowers, family etc. Followed by a hot drink and slice of cake in the café. Bring whatever camera you have – phone cameras are fine! 1.15pm, meet at the visitor centre. All tickets in advance. Numbers limited so book early to avoid disappointment

Admission

£15 per person

Website

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

Plant Fairs Roadshow

  • 17 April 2016 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. Ask the ‘Plant Doctor’ your gardening questions and chat to the growers for expert advice.

Website

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

Getting there

If you are visiting Hall Place by car we are situated just off the A2, 10 minutes from M25 (J2), 15 minutes from M20 (J1), parking 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, local services include 229, 492, 132 and B12. Hall Place is fully accessible by foot and by bike with several footpaths and bike lanes leading to the house. Bike racks available.

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

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.
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