Harvington Hall
Harvington Hall
4.5
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
A house of near untouched beauty hidden deep in the Worcestershire countryside. Harvington’s history-rich interior holds enthralling tales of devotion and Catholic persecution. There are no less than seven priest hides here (more than any other house in England), as well as an impressive collection of rare Elizabethan wall paintings and many more historical tales.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Vivien B
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb experience
    What a superb place! The building fascinating, the tour, which lasted around 1.5 hours was brilliant. He really brought the history alive. Very informative about the house, its inhabitants and its history. The coffee shop, which also offers delicious light lunch was reasonably priced. Altogether very good value for money and an enjoyable day ut
    Hi, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, we always appreciate feedback. I am very pleased you enjoyed your tour of the Hall and you felt the whole day was reasonably priced. Kind Regards, Phil (Hall Manager)
    Written August 18, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 25, 2023
  • Lyn W
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing History Literature Festival
    Have just completed the last day of Harvington Hall 's first History Literature Festival and it has been amazing. From earlier in the week to this last day the staff and the volunteers have been amazing, and wanted them to know how much their hard work was appreciated. Excellent cross section of authors and talks and so pleased this is the start of an annual affair. Well done everyone and thank you for giving this history buff so such joy
    Hello, Thank you so much for such a lovely review! We really didn't know what to expect when the idea came about, but we are absolutely amazed at how successful it was. All the feedback we have had has been so positive, and to read comments like yours makes it all worth while. Our volunteers really are incredible and events like the history festival wouldn't be possible without them. Please do keep an eye out for next year's festival. Kind Regards, Phil (Hall Manager)
    Written August 18, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Dawn M
    Jackfield, United Kingdom61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take the Tour !
    What a fascinating place this is. I love that it's hardly been touched. Do take the tour, the guide Arthur Smith was excellent. The tour lasted about 90 minutes and it was full of interesting facts, he certainly knew his stuff ! Grounds to walk round and a cafe quite reasonably priced compared to NT .
    Hello, I am so happy to read you enjoyed your guided tour with Arthur! I will pass your lovely comments onto Arthur when he next comes in to do a tour. Please do come and visit us again. Best wishes, Phil (Hall Manager)
    Written August 18, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Foxtrot123
    33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tudor time travel
    The guided tour is highly recommended but Tudor and Stuart history is not for the faint hearted or young children. Priest's holes abound in the Hall from a time when religious beliefs could be a matter of life or death. Outside there are well tended gardens, a moat and ducks to feed. The cafe in the grounds is well worth a visit too.
    Hello, Thank you for your review! I am very happy to read that you enjoyed your visit to the Hall and the Coffee Shop. Our gardens are lovingly cared for by our volunteers. I will pass on your nice comments to them. Regards, Phil (Hall Manager)
    Written August 18, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 14, 2023
  • rachel r
    Worcestershire, United Kingdom81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent!
    My daughter had recently been here on a school trip & she enjoyed it so much we all came to visit in the school holidays! We were 2 families who booked the guided tour & so pleased we did. James was excellent, so knowledgable & enthusiastic. He pointed out so many interesting facts about the Hall - absolutely fascinating. The tour was not at all rushed & there was plenty of time for questions & photos. The gardens were beautiful too! We had coffee & cake when we finished & we were very happy with everything. We are looking to book further events at the hall in the autumn - candlelight tour & murder/mystery evening look great fun! A most enjoyable day - thank you so much!
    Hello, Thank you so much for telling us about your experience with us. I am thrilled to hear you all enjoyed your tour with James. We hope to see you again! Regards, Phil (Hall manager)
    Written December 5, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Dream56526598597
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An Old Manor House Like No Other
    Fantastic place. In its time, a hub of the Catholic resistance in the West Midlands. Has no fewer than seven concealed hiding places for Catholic priests (the chief designer of them, Saint Nicholas Owen, died after two months of torture without revealing any of them to Robert Cecil's goons... and one was not (re)discovered until 1894). Two wings (and thus over half) of the house were demolished in the early 1700s, so one wonders just how many hiding places the house originally had. Oh, and some of the tastiest Elizabethan/Jacobean wall paintings you'll find anywhere in this country. Virtual tour available on the hall's website. Friendly staff, well informed guides, nice gardens, good cafe. Makes a great day out.
    Hi, Thanks for leaving us a 5 star review! I am very happy to read you enjoy the Hall's fascinating history. Regards, Phil (Hall manager)
    Written December 5, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 3, 2023
  • TeeJay
    Hopwood, United Kingdom32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A step back in time to understand a little more of our history.
    An amazing place. We had a guide to talk us through the history of the house and show us all the priest holes. Harrington hall has more priest holes than any other house in England, apparently. We go to go in one of them.
    Hi, Thank you so much for leaving us feedback :-) There is no apparently about it, we have more hides than anywhere in the country. I do hope you visit us again in the future. Regards, Phil (Hall manager)
    Written December 5, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 15, 2023
  • chhd
    Cuffley, United Kingdom55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful hall and wonderful guide
    We visited this beautiful Tudor hall on a lovely. sunny day. The building is surrounded by a moat and is very picturesque. We had lunch at the on site tea room ( nice sandwiches and toasties but very expensive!- I recommend bringing a picnic as there are plenty of picnic tables). We had pre booked a guided tour and were lucky enough to be the only 2 people on the tour. Wow what an amazing place, our tour guide Helen was so informative and passionate about the hall and made the place come alive for us. The fact that the house is still original and throughout the tour you are standing on Tudor floorboards and looking at Tudor panelling, not to mention the wall paintings which are slowing being revealed makes for an absorbing tour. The best part for us however were the numerous hides or “priest holes” which Helen deftly revealed during the tour. We finished the tour completely entranced with Harvington Hall and with Helen, would recommend anyone who goes to book a guided tour in order to experience this house in it’s full glory
    Hello, Wow, thank you so much for your glowing review! I am over the moon to read how much you enjoyed the tour with Helen. We will be sure to pass on your kind words. The Hall really is breathtakingly beautiful, but we are biased. Regards, Phil (Hall manager)
    Written December 5, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 16, 2023
  • Matthew A
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating guided tour
    Fascinating visit to Harvington Hall after finding it on Google during a visit to the Midlands. We booked and paid for a weekday tour in advance (a few hours before we visited). Our tour guide volunteer John Hatton made the visit absolutely fascinating and brought the house to life for us by being very knowledgably, friendly and enthusiastic. We were shown the various priest hides inside the building. I had seen some of them on TV before but didn't know it was Harvington Hall that featured in the programmes I'd seen so it was a great surprise. We also had coffee and cakes in the garden which was really good (although the café staff need to be better at clearing the tables after previous customers). Make sure you book your tour in advance as we were told by a volunteer at the entrance that many people just turn up and end up disappointed to find the day fully booked. Our tour was around 1.25 hours. I'm not usually a fan of viewing old buildings but this grabbed my interest mainly due to the tour guide and the opportunity to squeeze into a priest hide.
    Hi Matthew, Thank you for leaving us such an amazing review! Harvington is best seen by a guided tour for sure. I will make sure your feedback gets back to John. Regards, Phil (Hall manager)
    Written December 5, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Written September 20, 2023
  • V6099EAkarenm
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    GOOD GROUP VISIT VENUE
    Chester Civic Trust had an afternoon group visit to the hall. We had a wonderful and interesting time. The guides were amazingly informative and gave us long tours. The hall provided enough guides to have small groups . It gives you a real insight into the plight of the catholic religion at the end of the Tudor period and in the Jacobean era. The priest holes are intriguing. There are some amazing wall paintings. If you are looking for a group visit destination this is ideal. There are a lot of steps for less mobile people. The onsite caterers, Sticky Fig, put on an excellent spread.
    Hello, Thank you so much for your review. I am very happy to hear your group enjoyed the day with us! Thank you for recommending us as a group visit destination. Regards, Phil (Hall manager)
    Written December 5, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 12, 2023
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chhd
Cuffley, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We visited this beautiful Tudor hall on a lovely. sunny day. The building is surrounded by a moat and is very picturesque. We had lunch at the on site tea room ( nice sandwiches and toasties but very expensive!- I recommend bringing a picnic as there are plenty of picnic tables). We had pre booked a guided tour and were lucky enough to be the only 2 people on the tour. Wow what an amazing place, our tour guide Helen was so informative and passionate about the hall and made the place come alive for us. The fact that the house is still original and throughout the tour you are standing on Tudor floorboards and looking at Tudor panelling, not to mention the wall paintings which are slowing being revealed makes for an absorbing tour. The best part for us however were the numerous hides or “priest holes” which Helen deftly revealed during the tour. We finished the tour completely entranced with Harvington Hall and with Helen, would recommend anyone who goes to book a guided tour in order to experience this house in it’s full glory
Written September 16, 2023
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Hello, Wow, thank you so much for your glowing review! I am over the moon to read how much you enjoyed the tour with Helen. We will be sure to pass on your kind words. The Hall really is breathtakingly beautiful, but we are biased. Regards, Phil (Hall manager)
Written December 5, 2023
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Michael N
Cheadle Hulme, UK4,357 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Booked a free flow tour but it might as well have been guided due to all the info provided by the volunteers in each room.
This most unusual moated hall has several hidden priest holes some of which are very well camouflaged.
Water from the moat is filtered though underground sandstone to provide clean water in an interior well in the kitchen.
The rooms are on a multitude of levels with spiral staircases and uneven floors.
A most unusual place.
Great second hand bookshop with a list of books available at low prices and even accessible from the storeroom.
Written August 5, 2022
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Matthew A
Torquay6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023
Fascinating visit to Harvington Hall after finding it on Google during a visit to the Midlands. We booked and paid for a weekday tour in advance (a few hours before we visited). Our tour guide volunteer John Hatton made the visit absolutely fascinating and brought the house to life for us by being very knowledgably, friendly and enthusiastic. We were shown the various priest hides inside the building. I had seen some of them on TV before but didn't know it was Harvington Hall that featured in the programmes I'd seen so it was a great surprise. We also had coffee and cakes in the garden which was really good (although the café staff need to be better at clearing the tables after previous customers). Make sure you book your tour in advance as we were told by a volunteer at the entrance that many people just turn up and end up disappointed to find the day fully booked. Our tour was around 1.25 hours. I'm not usually a fan of viewing old buildings but this grabbed my interest mainly due to the tour guide and the opportunity to squeeze into a priest hide.
Written September 20, 2023
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Hi Matthew, Thank you for leaving us such an amazing review! Harvington is best seen by a guided tour for sure. I will make sure your feedback gets back to John. Regards, Phil (Hall manager)
Written December 5, 2023
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John L
Yorkshire, UK754 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We went on the tour of the house with Ruth, who proved to be the perfect guide. The first room to see was the kitchen which, unusually has a well. She explained that, although the water was sourced from the surrounding moat, historically the dump for every sort of rubbish, because of a layer of sand that acted as a filter, and it was fit to drink. One person asked for a taste, but was refused on health and safety grounds!
We were challenged to find where the first priest hide was located. One or two got close and then we were shown. In a period where any Catholic priests found would be executed, keeping them in secret places was vital. We were shown four more; the final two in the attic were not accessible on the tour.
The house has a number of surviving wall paintings and some original wall panels. It is an absolute maze and I wouldn't recommend going around it without a guide - you would miss so much.
Written March 21, 2023
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Thank you very much for such a lovely review! I remember your tour, as the guide asked me if you could drink the water. The guide was Lynne, not Ruth (unless we have a ghost) Your comments prove to us that guided tours is the way to see the house. As you say, you will miss so much! Kind Regard, Phil (Hall Manager)
Written June 25, 2023
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Ray E
Cannock, United Kingdom21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Never heard of this magnificent building before, hidden away in such beautiful surroundings.
My goodness, what a discovery. We booked a guided tour for 11.15am. Our guide was conducted by Phillip the Manager, he is so passionate about this place, his knowledge was delivered in such an excellent manner that it commanded everyones attention.
The Hall has so many twists and turns during our tour, revealing many secrets.
After an hour and a half, we took a light lunch at the Cafe, after feeding the Ducks, of course. The food was lovely and well presented. All the staff are so pleasant both in the Hall and the Cafe.
We then decided to book tickets for the early evening show. An audience with Henry VIII. This guy was fantastic, had everyone spell bound for over two hours. A first class actor, he portrayed the King in every detail.
Finally may we add, full credit to the manager and all his staff at Harvington Hall, fully enjoyed our day there, definitely worth putting on your places to visit list.
Written August 28, 2021
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gill k
Lancashire, UK56 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This is a strange one. It’s like a rabbit warren inside with rooms off rooms, wildly tilted floors and steep staircases. It’s very difficult to work out what rooms would have been used for and there are lots of “private” doors so we went back on ourselves quite a bit. It hasn’t been lived in since the late 1600’s so must have only been a home for 120 years or so, and maybe that’s why there was no feeling of history about the place. Our guide did his best to explain the story of the house but most emphasis was placed on the 7 priest hides.
The Malt House cafe however was a waste of time. Seating is minimal unless you go outside but the prices are astronomical! I will happily pay for quality but object to paying £7.50 for a small coronation chicken bread roll just because I’m a “captive audience”. So we chose instead 2 soft drinks and 2 average sized sausage rolls…£13.90. Motorway prices!!
Written June 28, 2024
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Loveajolly
Northampton, UK139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We arrived at 11.30 but could not book a tour until 2.00. (Tip - pre book a tour!)
However we had an early lunch in the garden of the very pleasant Malt house, wandered amongst the ducks in another part of the garden, visited the Georgian Chapel and the main church. By which time our designated tour time had arrived. Our tour guide was a lady called Ann - she coped very well with the ‘enthusiasm’ of a family who who were also visiting. She was informative and it was fun to try to guess where the priest hides were in many rooms. The whole house was quirky and fascinating. We will visit again and will recommend visits to others.
Written August 20, 2022
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Simond1965
Birmingham, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
What a fabulous place this is. I am not often blown away by a place but this was such a place. The guided tour is well worth the £11, two hours from a really knowledgeable guide who pointed out all the priests' holes and talked about the history of the place. I will definitely return.
Written April 14, 2022
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Hello, Thank you ever so much for your lovely feedback! I am thrilled you were blown away by the Hall, it sure is a special place to us and so many. Our guides really do bring the house to life! Look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Kindest Regards,
Written April 21, 2022
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SV_and_JM
Worcestershire24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We had a brilliant tour of Harvington Hall yesterday, given by Phil, the manager. He was full of enthusiasm and very knowledgeable, and by the time he had responded to all our questions, and shown us details of eg the wall paintings that we would have walked straight past, we had well over run the allotted 1h 10m. I have been several times before but there is always more to see and learn about this beautiful building and the people who lived there.
Written July 16, 2021
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Hello, thank you so much for your lovely review! I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed your guided tour with myself. The hall is such an amazing place we could make the tour last all day, and we still wouldn't cover everything. Look forward to welcoming you back to the Hall in future. Kind Regards, Phil
Written July 30, 2021
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Chris
Redditch, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Spent a wonderful autumn Sunday afternoon being shown around this beautiful Elizabethan house by a knowledgeable tour guide who clearly loved the place. The stewards dressed in period costume really brought the house alive with their tales as we went from room to room. Lovely house and lovely warm atmosphere left us feeling we'd visited somewhere really special and we will be back. Thank you to all of you that made us feel so welcome today.
Written October 30, 2022
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