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.

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

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

Holiday Activity – The Naughty Puppy

  • 27 — 31 October 2014 ,

Hear the hilarious story of Bill the puppy who came to live at Hall Place in 1944, then make your own cute puppy to take home. Includes fun story and craft activity.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£4 Children and Adults Free

Website

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

Halloween Special

  • 31 October 2014 6-7pm

Who moves into an old house on Halloween? Find out in our fun story and then meet and hold a real owl.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£3 Children and £4 Adults

Website

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

Farmers' Market

Farmers’ Market

  • 2 November 2014 10am-2pm

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

Website

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

1940s Concert

  • 13 November 2014 2:30-5pm

Listen to and join in with classic tunes from the 1940s. Ticket includes tea and biscuits.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£10 per person.

Website

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

Christmas Garden Trail

  • 15 November 2014 — 4 January 2015

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/

Christmas Craft Fair

Christmas Craft Fair

  • 15 — 16 November 2014 10am-4pm

Find gifts with a difference at our Christmas Craft Fair. Over 45 stallholders will be selling a selection of traditional crafts and contemporary gifts, including handicrafts, jewellery and homemade preserves.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free Entry

Website

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

Geoffrey Whitworth Strolling Players Concert

  • 7 December 2014 2:30-4:30pm

Celebrate the Festive Season in the company of the Geoffrey Whitworth Strolling Players. A miscellany of songs, carols and literary gems to get you in the mood for Christmas plus mulled wine and mince pies in the interval.

Admission

£12 per person. Tickets in advance.

Website

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

Farmers' Market

Farmers’ Market

  • 7 December 2014 10am-2pm

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

Website

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

Christmas Celebrations

An Afternoon of Christmas Celebrations

  • 14 December 2014 2:30-4:30pm

Hall Place hosts a Christmas carol concert performed by Erith Operatic Society in aid of the Rotary Club of Bexley. Doors open 2.30pm when you will find Santa and his musical sleigh in the gardens. Tickets include a glass of mulled wine (or juice) and a mince pie.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£12 Adults and £8 Children. Tickets in Advance

Code Name: Santa Fe Exhibition - Talk by Bob Peterson

  • 15 December 2014 2:30-4pm

Learn more about American involvement in radio intelligence operations during WWII. Entry ticket to house required or free for Friends and annual pass holders. Numbers limited so please reserve your place in advance.

Admission

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

Website

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

Farmers' Market

Farmers’ Market

  • 4 January 2015 10am-2pm

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/

Farmers' Market

Farmers’ Market

  • 1 February 2015 10am-2pm

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

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 jobson 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/

Farmers' Market

Farmers’ Market

  • 1 March 2015 10am-2pm

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

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/

Farmers' Market

Farmers’ Market

  • 5 April 2015 10am-2pm

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

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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