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Address: Hall Place Bourne Road, Bexley DA5 1PQ, England
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Introduction

Sitting on the banks of the River Cray, Hall Place is a Grade I...

Introduction

Sitting on the banks of the River Cray, Hall Place is a Grade I listed Tudor country house originally built in 1537 for Sir John Champneys (a prominent merchant and one time Lord Mayor of London) and with a 17th century courtyard built by later owner Sir Robert Austen (who purchased the house in 1649).

The focal point of the lower floor of the original Tudor structure is the Great Hall with its polished wood panelling and minstrel's gallery above from which courtiers with lyres and flutes would have serenaded the revellers in the banqueting hall below. Leading off from the Great Hall is the Tudor kitchen where haunches of venison and other cuts of meat would have been meticulously prepared for the delectation of the guests. This room has been painstakingly restored first by Lady Limerick (the last private resident of the house until her death in 1943) who added the mock-Tudor fireplace and then by Bexley Heritage Trust (who now manage Hall Place) so that today it looks exactly as it would have done 500 years ago and as such provides a window into a bygone age. The lower floor also boasts a chapel and an activity room where children and adults alike can quite literally touch the past via a series of interactive games designed to recreate the life and times of Hall Place in its heyday. Nearby is also the famed Hall Place turret. One of the most recognisable features of the house with its chequered white stone and flint cladding on the outside, its inside hides a far more sinister secret for it is here that the ghost of the Black Prince and Grey Lady are said to linger.

The first floor of the Tudor building also contains the Great Chamber which today houses a museum exhibition which uses objects spanning a period of 10,000 years to chart Bexley's history from prehistoric times right up to the Blitz. Highlights of the display include flint tools used by the area's first primitive inhabitants and a giant woolly mammoth's tooth which was unearthed in Erith. Also of interest is the Long Gallery on the first floor which is impressive both for its commanding views of the rose beds and Queen's Beasts topiary display and for its interior design which includes Tudor designs (such as the mock-Medieval fireplace) and more modern styles (such as the floral motifs on the plaster ceiling).

The Tudor house has something for everyone and when this is combined with Austen's red brick extension with its courtyard and clock tower (built in 1653), it means the house is one of the premier tourist attractions in the area. Equally as impressive as the house, are the 65 hectares of sprawling, award-winning gardens in which it sits. These contain greenhouses (where you can see banana trees, fish and terrapins, owls and butterflies), formal gardens (containing rose beds, herbaceous borders and the Queen's Beasts topiary display), model gardens (which will supply inspiration to budding horticulturalists) and finally picnic areas.

A recent £2 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has also enabled the construction of a new visitor centre which houses a display on Hall Place's history as well as the new Stables Gallery where pieces of art by local artists are displayed. This grant also facilitated the construction of the Riverside Cafe where you can enjoy hot and cold snacks and refreshing beverages whilst soaking up the views of the nearby river which is brimming with wildlife all year round from Canada geese to sparkling kingfishers. In all Hall Place and its gardens are a prized piece of local heritage which are fun for all the family!

Hall Place can also be hired for weddings, conferences and other private events. In addition, Hall Place and Gardens has an exciting events and exhibitions programme featuring open air theatre displays, Christmas concerts, farmers' markets, craft fairs, wildlife events and much, much more. For more details please log onto our website.

There is full disabled access to the house and there are wheelchairs available for free hire although the use of these needs to be pre-booked. There is also disabled parking, disabled toilets, a disabled lift and touch tours can be arranged upon request.

Visiting Us

If you are visiting Hall Place by car we are situated just off of Bourne Road (postcode DA5 1PQ) which lies near to the A2 and is 10 minutes from Junction 2 of the M25 and 15 minutes from Junction 1 of the M20. Free parking for coaches and cars is 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 the 229, 492, 132 and B12 buses all stop nearby.

Hall Place is fully accessible by 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 located in the car park.

Opening Times and Admission Fees

The house, visitor centre and cafe are open everyday (save for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day) from 10:00am until 5:00pm. The last admission is 30 minutes before closing. 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 and are open everyday from 9:00am till dusk. The glasshouses are open everyday from 10:00am till 5:00pm respectively. The Stables Gallery, Visitor Centre and Riverside Cafe can be accessed free of charge from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Contacting Us

If you have any queries relating to hiring Hall Place for a private function, upcoming exhibitions or anything else please contact us by logging onto our website or via the telephone.

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Visited on a Spring weekend, the gardens were having some maintenance carried out but still looked great. Had tea and cake in the tea shop which was very enjoyable.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited on a Spring weekend, the gardens were having some maintenance carried out but still looked great. Had tea and cake in the tea shop which was very enjoyable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If in the area Hall Place and Gardens is a MUST VISIT. Excellent house and extensive grounds. Easy to park - no charge - and easy to walk around. Ideal for those in a wheel chair or pushing prays (bikes not allowed). The grounds are vast, so no a nice sunny day lots of walks could be enjoyed and a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful grounds! The Butterfly house is a must see. It's also surprisingly quiet considering the A2 is close.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A beautiful place on a sunny day... Kids love to run around the gardens Lots to see and do and also a convenient place to eat It's great for a simple day out

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Children's pony rides were advertised at Hall Place on the Bexley Heritage Trust website. They advised to check on the day on their social media sites to confirm that the events were not cancelled. Before going to Hall Place we checked social media event still on. When we arrived a small note out side canteen rides cancelled unforeseen circumstances. No... More 

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Thank you for your feedback. At Hall Place we value receiving feedback that can help us to make improvements for the future. As you mention in your post, it is not always safe or appropriate for children’s pony rides to take place if weather conditions are inclement. For this reason we ask visitors to check if our Event Partner PonyPartiesKent... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2017 via mobile

We came here for the superhero half term and it was thoroughly enjoyed. The 2 ladies that did the work shop were fantastic and really great with the children. When we came out we went to the owl house and butterfly house. The owls were well worth the money that we paid yo get in and the men inside were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017 via mobile

This beautiful Tudor house and gardens is a peaceful retreat from the nearby A2 It boasts a hothouse, rose garden and a lovely Butterfly house ( small charge to go in ) There is a pretty stream running through a wooded area where there is a nice riverside cafe which sells Jacket potatos, cakes and teas and coffees. Geese wander... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2017

The house has a number of very interesting exhibitions staged throughout the year. The architecture of the house is splendid, plus the magnificent topiary in the garden at the rear of the house. Then there are the walks along the banks of the river cray and the plantation. You must visit the nurseries and see the example gardens, which must... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2017

Hall place is great anytime of year but particularly like the Xmas fayre lots of stalls inside with all the usual Xmas gifts and more. In the summer lovely to walk around the gardens and greenhouses. A good little garden centre with plants to buy and really helpful staff willing to share their knowledge even if you don't purchase.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017

I had not been to Hall place for many years and was very impressed at how they have now made it an educational experience ,with lots of fun activities for school visits-passing the knowledge down to the next generation so that history comes to life. I also learnt about Bexley during the war ,the links with the American soldiers and... More 

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