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Address: Hall Place Bourne Road, Bexley DA5 1PQ, England
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+44 1322 526574


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


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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Beautiful house and beautiful gsrdens

I visited the house with a friend - we arrived quite late so the ticket lady explained that we might not get round everything in time before accepting our money. In fact we were... read more

Reviewed July 26, 2016
Liz P
Worcester, United Kingdom
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 26, 2016

I visited the house with a friend - we arrived quite late so the ticket lady explained that we might not get round everything in time before accepting our money. In fact we were able to see all the rooms missing only one exhibtition. The rooms are more lightly furnished then in NT properties allowing visitors to walk around the... More 

Thank Liz P
Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

A garden that is a park. A house that was a home. Completely exquisite. The photographers dream of diversity. The family persons place to relax, endulge the children. The walkers place for steady pacing along formal and informal gardens. This is a place that is worth a visit.

Thank Andrew H
Dumfries, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 22, 2016

We were very pleasantly suprised by this place, as being a council owned attraction we weren't sure what to expect! We arrived around 9.00am (how nice to find somewhere open early!) and had a lovely wander round the beautiful gardens. The topiary was much better than we expected and the flower beds were truly beautiful. We then had coffee and... More 

Thank Penelope S
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 20, 2016

I have visited Hall place several times and each time find something new to see. The gardens are well laid out, the gardeners are always willing to share their knowledge with you. The House frequently changes its exhibitions so there is always something new to see. The restaurant however is a great disappointment. I asked for a Salad but unless... More 

Thank Warren020151
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Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

Went to the owl exhibition and the butterfly house both were small well done. The cafe on site also provides special kids meals at reasonably priced.

Thank Galia S
London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 28, 2016

I come here every weekend to feed the ducks and geese and have a walk around the grounds. There's a nice little cafe where you can sit and relax outside and it's right on the river so nice surroundings too. Ideal for families as there are picnic tables and lots of room for little ones to run around. There's a... More 

Thank Michelle A
Greenhithe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 14, 2016

I spent most of my child here, now I am an adult I still walk around and it pretty much looks exactly the same, Except the changes of the Cafe. The gardens still green, and they shaped plants. Its just a very joyful place for me to visit.

Thank Laura C
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Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

We love coming here and meet often here, but this time we came later, on the notice at the front it said cafe shuts at 5 last hot food order at 4.30, fine we had time to wander having got there at 4, went to the cafe at 430 and was told they were shut argued with the manager and... More 

Thank Gill R
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Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Always worth a visit have been there lots of time good exhibitions and even garden theatre. Great educational place for children ao much covered nature and history xx

Thank Elaine L
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

Pleasant wander around the gardens .nice cup of tea even had soya milk lots to do and often have exhibitions

Thank 118Paul

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