East Riddlesden Hall, National Trust

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East Riddlesden Hall, National Trust

East Riddlesden Hall, National Trust
4.5
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Imagine stepping 400 years back in time into the home of a 17th-century cloth merchant. See the changes that he made and discover why these were sadly never completed. Take a step away from the hectic everyday and experience the tranquillity that is East Riddlesden Hall. In contrast to the atmospheric exterior, this friendly house is brought to life through stories told by room guide volunteers. The house is home to a wonderful array of seventeenth century needlework and original exquisite plasterwork ceilings created by local craftsmen.
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Tamzin L
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A very pleasant couple of hours
Oct 2021 • Solo
The welcome at Riddlesden Hall was warm and smiley. The Hall is properly old, with furniture and fixtures from the period, and knowledgeable volunteers in each room. I'd never heard of a "grain ark" before!
There are activities for children in the house and particularly in the gardens, with discovery and play areas imaginatively constructed. Interesting notes all over the place, it is beautifully done. The café did a tasty soup and scone, and there are picnic tables outside overlooking the duck pond, as well as within the stone-walled café. I spent a very pleasant couple of hours here. Recommended.
Written October 20, 2021
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Myrah H
Halifax, UK4 contributions
17th Century House
Sep 2021
Restored 17th Century family house. Mainly decorated & furnished in this period with one Georgian Room. Helpful guides in each room although signage very underwhelming. Lovely small garden
Written September 13, 2021
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Elaine S
5 contributions
Not dog friendly
Sep 2021 • Couples
Not one of the best national trust properties
Says dogs can visit on lower field and meadow walk but this is poor not the usual walks we experience at NT properties. Due to the restrictions we did not try the cafe as we did not feel welcome
Went around the hall not the most impressive
Gardens nothing exceptional
Did not seem much for children to do either
Written September 10, 2021
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Blondehairrocks
50 contributions
Charming small house and gardens, friendly staff!
Sep 2021
Charming National Trust house and gardens. Very small, but friendly and knowledgable staff and pretty gardens with lots of seating available. Perfect for a warm late summers day to while away a few hours. Pleasant tea room with some gluten free choices…although very sadly no gluten free scones.
Written September 8, 2021
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Christine K
Barnsley, UK619 contributions
Small but interesting
Aug 2021
Having a bit of time left after visiting the railway, we decided to make an impromptu stop here. This must be one of only a few NT properties that isn't a million miles from the main road! Reception is in a gazebo outdoors, whether that's due to the pandemic I am not sure, Our grandson didn't have his family card with him and staff can usually check on the system but obviously couldn't as its wasn't a proper reception, but they let him in anyway! We had a look round the hall which is one of the Trusts smaller properties, Not sure why people moan about it being dark and gloomy, its an old hall and the light has to be kept low to preserve the features! We then went out into the gardens. They are well tended, with a great wildflower patch. The children's discovery area is fabulous, with a story telling chair and a hobbit house. There is also a duckpond and and a barn with several carts and carriages in it. Of course its full of leaves as one reviewer says, its a barn, what do you expect!
A visit here may need to be combined with something else, if travelling a distance as it does not fill half a day.
Written August 20, 2021
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245DaveB
Manchester, UK14 contributions
Interesting visit whilst travelling along Leeds Liverpool canal
Aug 2021
Whilst travelling on a narrowboat on the Leeds Liverpool Canal we called into the Hall. It's just a short walk from the canal. Visited the hall and gardens - the volunteers were very helpful and told us interesting things about the rooms. The gardens were lovely. There was a wedding in a separate "barn" with live music outside - so we enjoyed that as we walked around the garden! A great stop on our journey.
Written August 11, 2021
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PBPG
Yorkshire, UK2,762 contributions
OK, but could be so much better
Aug 2021
Went late morning and was surprised to see a queue at the door! They were restricting it to eight people in at a time, blame it on Covid. So we went for a light lunch in the café. One Americano, one Cappuccino and two cheese and marmalade sandwiches in brown, no white option. Was disappointed when the sandwiches were pulled, pre-packed, out of the fridge. They were very cold, so flavourless , and at £12.20 including drinks. felt like very poor value.

The inside of the house is dark and a bit gloomy, quite interesting, though the information boards, in the rooms that had them, were light on information. You can’t get down to the cellars. There are a number of interesting clocks around, none of them working, not enough staff to wind them up, blame it on Covid, and they haven’t had the clock man round, blame it on Covid. They close the house 12 until one, blame it on Covid, though it was about 12:50 by the time we got out so not sure what the gain was by not letting people in. It did create quite a queue at the entrance though, not much social distancing there. One staff member rather unconvincingly suggested it was allow time to sanitize the place but we saw no evidence of that.

The immediate gardens are surprisingly well kept, no Covid issues there, though as you get to the fringes it does get a bit ragged. The ladies loos had three sinks. The water from the tap was not much more than a dribble. This was raised to staff whose response was that when one of the toilets was flushed it killed the water pressure. So they go mad about sanitising and Covid measures but its OK to stop people washing their hands properly. Priorities!

There is a fabulous barn away from the house that is not signposted and I suspect many people miss it. An old tithe barn full of the most wonderful farm carts of all descriptions, all pretty much in the dark, there is some very low level lighting, very dusty , leaves all over the place, very uncared for. What a feature that could make with not too much effort.

Overall, it was OK, but could be so much better.
Written August 10, 2021
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David R
Smethwick, UK392 contributions
Bit of a curate's egg
Jun 2021
Strange to see such a lovely place right by the main road - a real area of tranquility. Gardens are gorgeous and with social distancing, it was good to have time to explore the house. Strange reception - just an outdoor marquee and no information leaflets - asked to photograph the only one they had!
Cafe service was abysmal. Long wait and only for a coffee and scone but the scone and cutney was superb.
All in all worth visiting but not sure if a journey is worthwhile.
Written July 5, 2021
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Michael N
Cheadle Hulme, UK3,680 contributions
Return visit after lockdown easing
Jun 2021
Visited as it was on route to a short staycation. No pre-booking required and no difficulty getting into hall.
One way system in place and plenty of volunteers to provide some info about the rooms, however it would have been nice to see room names and a short info display.
Gardens were quite nice with lots of colour.
Written June 21, 2021
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Rachel S
Hoghton, UK143 contributions
Beautiful house and gardens
May 2021 • Friends
First time visiting and will definitely be back! It was a shame to not know the full history of the house and all the people who lived here, but that’s understandable since it was a shell when taken over by the National Trust! I have to mention Bob and Ros, two thoroughly entertaining and knowledgeable guides who made our day! We could have spent hours talking history with them. We look forward to returning the favour when you visit us at Hoghton!
Written June 20, 2021
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