Haddon Hall is acclaimed as one of the most beautiful medieval manor houses in the whole of England, so it is an absolute must-see for any visitor to the Peak District. Its castellated stone walls are covered with ivy and climbing roses, and its perfect setting on a hillside overlooking the River Wye is straight out of a romantic fairytale. Perhaps because of this it has featured in the works of countless artists and writers through the centuries, and more recently it has also been a favourite location for film-makers, featuring in Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth, The Princess Bride and The Other Boleyn Girl.
Parts of Haddon Hall date back to the 11th Century and it is remarkably well-preserved, with most of it unchanged since the days of Henry VIII. The rooms all offer fascinating glimpses into history, and the banqueting hall, chapel and kitchens are particularly worth exploring. Outside, the beautiful Elizabethan terraced garden is the perfect place for a summer stroll, and the licensed restaurant in the 17th Century stable block has a great menu when you’ve worked up an appetite.
Haddon Hall is open to the public 7 days a week, 10.30am-5.00pm, from April to September. It is open on Saturdays, Sunday and Mondays throughout October, and then again from 1-20 December. Please check opening times with the hall before visiting. For more information visit www.haddonhall.co.uk or call 01629 812855.
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