Kirby Hall
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  • kfortnum
    Market Harborough, United Kingdom70 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice couple of hours out
    Went for a flying visit but will definitely be going back to spend a couple of hours exploring the history fully. The staff were very friendly and helpful. There is an audio guide available to get into the history but sadly we didn't have time on this occasion. The garden wasn't anything special but the child accompanying us had a great time copying the statue models among the garden. We even got a chance to see two peacocks on the building roof!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 20, 2023
  • pboropixie
    Peterborough, United Kingdom474 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting place to visit
    Kirby Hall is an interesting place to visit. What remains of the house is very impressive; it must have been magnificent when it was first built. The rooms that can be visited are stripped bare, but contain some interesting historical information. In the grounds you'll meet the some very friendly peacocks.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 9, 2023
  • MiniMammoth
    Coventry, United Kingdom99 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Should have brought a picnic
    Should have brought a picnic! What lovely grounds! The peacocks were a hit with the young ones, as were the various interactive points in the house. Lie on the bed, head in a hole with a face, sit on a chair... all simple and effective. No disappointed kids with fancy interactive things not working. Simple and fun. The staff were lovely! They were so friendly and chatty. They even explained the kids button collecting which despite being members for a long time, we knew nothing about.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 25, 2023
  • Karla
    West Midlands, United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant afternoon out
    Excellent ! Me and my partner came here for the afternoon and it was fascinating. Beautiful and a real historical eye opener. It’s great how it’s being maintained to be kept in the historic state it was. Really lovely and i Thankyou for all your hard work x
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 14, 2023
  • Julie S
    York, United Kingdom88 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful weekend at Kirby Hall
    I was very lucky to have a wonderful weekend at Peacock Cottage in the grounds of Kirby Hall. What a lovely place to stay with such great proximity to the amazing ruins of the Hall. We felt honoured, as we felt like custodians when we were on our own and to be able to wander round when it was closed felt very special. We also did the audio tour which was really interesting, as well as the beautiful architecture there is a lot of history to learn about. A very wonderful experience made better still by beautiful weather
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 20, 2023
  • Lisa W
    Nottingham, United Kingdom459 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bring a picnic!
    What a lovely place! Gorgeous grounds/gardens and a truly intriguing house which is partly ruins and then has a section you can enter and wander around the rooms. Our 11 year old loved the interactive stuff; the bed, etc. great fun! The stars of the day are the many peacocks wandering around. There are plenty of outdoor tables so worth bringing a picnic. The shop does have drinks, ice creams & sweets etc but no real lunch items. Plenty of parking, well maintained. Our new favourite EH property to visit! Recommended.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 15, 2024
  • Davidhomemead
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic ruin
    Very interesting building but please note, it is like a well kept ruin, with probably 60% of it uncovered. Please don’t let this put you off. Very interesting history and you can imagine how it looked in its prime
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 16, 2024
  • Hornedbear
    Worcester, United Kingdom26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really nice and quiet house.
    Lovely house and really quiet, its a long way from any roads etc. Most noise came from the many peacocks! The audio tour is very good, helps bring the both the ruins and the remaining rooms to life. Recommended. Lots of spots to sit and picnic if you want, but bring your own stuff as the shop is a little limited. Great staff though who are knowledgable and chatty. Two sets of loos, but the 'official' block is a little hidden and small, so I can see why there are portaloos. Good day out.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 24, 2024
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mazzap
Bedford, UK334 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Really enjoyed our visit to Kirby Hall in the Northamptonshire countryside! We were fortunate that our visit was a very quiet one as it was a Tuesday; we virtually had the place to ourselves.

The approach road you walk along from the car park is beautiful with mature trees and thousands of snowdrops lining the way (a good show being as it was the beginning of March).

There is plenty of really helpful and interesting information dotted around where needed and along with the audio guides that are included in the entry fee, you’ll come away feeling really immersed in the history of the house.

The lady on the pay desk was friendly, welcoming and helpful.

The impressive house itself was huge with plenty of areas to walk through and explore at your own pace. We dithered for ages taking photos and enjoying the grandeur of the building. I’d suggest around 2 to 2 and a half hours is plenty to get the best of your visit, perhaps a bit longer if you want to enjoy the gardens too, but as it was a wet day we just admired them from the large picture windows on the upper floor. Sadly we didn’t spot any peacocks but we could hear one in the distance!

Toilets are nicely tucked out of sight in a Portacabin but easy to find and less than a one minute walk from the house itself.

Definitely a very pleasant visit!
Written March 5, 2022
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Tish L
60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
What's not to love about finding out about the history of our great country? Kirby Hall is one of those places where you don't want to leave. You can get an audio device in the shop/ticket office which explains the history of building (inside and out) at no extra cost. It's easy to use even I managed it! . It's surprising how little we know about certain areas of our history, but this place fills in a lot of gaps. There are two floors to discover in the building, but I walked up them with no problems. The Elizabethan gardens are immaculate and designed in the fashion of the era. The shop has lots of souvenirs at a reasonable cost and you might even get to sample some of the mead that they sell! There is also a lovely picnic area and peacocks! It's a photographers delight. I would gladly return there again.
Written September 21, 2022
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Bored B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We went twice in one day: in the morning out of curiosity, and later with children, after school. Place is peaceful, staff very friendly, building up to expectation, peacocks truthfully wonderful. We had a stroll around the building and formal gardens, enjoyed picnic spots and get some conquers from alley- we will be back in a future, for tranquillity of that place, when you can just be. There is small shop with usual gifts and treats, and with coffee machine- I just heard from very confident child that hot chocolate is worth a try.
Written October 22, 2020
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S2701RVdiana
Chelmsford, UK95 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Lovely grounds, great for picnic. Very peaceful. Some ruined areas but also lots of rooms to walk through. Would recommend the audio guide as it gives lots of information and walks you through each area very clearly. Nice welcome
Written August 15, 2021
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Haddonfamily
Northamptonshire, UK61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
A very interesting mixture of ruin and intact with enough displays and boards to understand the building, its inhabitants and the history. The evolution as the house changed over the centuries was well explained and you could see those changes in close up with the differing internal walls, coverings changing from tapestries to panelling to wall paper.
The gardens were nice for a little saunter and picnic benches were plentiful
Our teenager and ore pre-teenager enjoyed it more than I expected. Staff in ticket office/shop were very friendly
Audio tour well worth using
Written August 17, 2021
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Al-Shumba
Bedfordshire, UK705 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Architectualy an interesting building, but it was in essence a ruin. It has been preserved as best as possible, but it was cold drafty and mostly open to the elements. To charge £30 for two adults was on the pricy side, as there is no tea room or place to purchase a meal or hot drinks, so you will need to take your own The gardens were well kept and the grass mown.
Written October 23, 2021
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Lorna W
62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
It's fascinating to think this now part derelict Elizabethan romantic ruin was once the epicentre of regal power for a few days, when King James 1 was a regular visitor on his 'progresses'.

He visited Kirby Hall nine times in all, and it must have been both an honour but also a financially burdonsome affair to feed the royal court and retinue.

The hall has gone from riches to rags (well tattered tapestries at any rate) over the centuries, falling into disuse by the 1830s and being rented out to farmers and shepherds by the 19th century.

The hall is part roofless with glassless windows, the sky for a ceiling and stunning architectural features in tact on the exterior at least. It's a dream for photographers.

Full time residents are now an aristocratic family of peacocks. It's a beautiful spot for a picnic, a stroll around the parterre, and a well thought out exhibition that bring the state rooms and great hall to life.

Don't expect plush interiors and Chippendale furniture, a lot of that was sold off in the 18th century. But the scale of the state rooms and bucolic views of rolling hills and cattle grazing from the windows are gorgeous. Families with small and older kids will enjoy it, there's no precious vases or custodians in each room to worry about, just roam around in the atmospheric ruins and remaining rooms, imagining the hall's former splendour. Allow 3 to 4 hours if on a leisurely schedule & picnicking, but you could probably get a good flavour of the place in an hour and a half if time is short or you don't like reading all the info!

Written August 31, 2022
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Ian S
Rugby, UK832 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Been awhile since we visited here and not much has changed…unsurprisingly! However, English Heritage have added some displays which explain much about the rise and fall of this property. We thought this made it a better experience.
The property has a nice shop but no cafe…however you can picnic in the grounds.
Written August 23, 2021
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Lee
Cambridgeshire, UK229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Visited Kirby Hall on a Saturday afternoon. I visit a lot of English Heritage homes and this was one of the most beautiful I’ve seen. It is essentially a ruin however you can imagine what I may have been like when it was a home. The grounds are stunning and the staff there were very friendly.

I would recommend a look.

If you do choose to visit make sure you take a packed lunch and / or a thermos as there isn’t anywhere on site to have a cup of tea, although there is a pub and tea room nearby.
Written December 20, 2022
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Roamingjiver
Oxford, UK92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This is an amazing building - the architecture was novel in its time. Mostly now a run, but parts still have a roof and have been restored. The great hall ceiling is amazing, and the way they show the various stages of the house's life is fascinating. Really well done. It's a beautiful building. garden layout is good too. One can imagine the original parterres.
Written May 2, 2023
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