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“Overbearing staff”
Review of Aston Hall

Aston Hall
Ranked #17 of 281 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Built around 1618, this was the last conventional Jacobean house erected in England, which today features fine 17th-century architectural detail including plasterwork, woodwork and chimneypieces.
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Overbearing staff”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

We are local to Aston Hall but ashamedly this was our first visit. The grounds are very well maintained and our two toddlers really enjoyed all the wide open space to run riot.
The hall itself is stunning, a real gem in the middle of Birmingham.
The price - £8 for 2 adults and 2 kids free cannot be argued with and the cafe was amiable. Basic sandwiches but enough to fill your belly served in clean surroundings by pleasant staff.
Our only complaint was because of a guide who was insistent on asking us where we had been and what we should see next.
All the other guides were excellent. They greeted you when you entered the room then seemed to blend into the background so you could savour the surroundings. They were certainly knowledgable though as other guests made use of picking their brains.
We declined the guided tour as we are both quite into our history so are familiar with Aston Hall's past.
However, this individual seemed to pounce on us when we entered the children's area and would just not go away. It sounds so rude to say but it did put a dampener on our trip.
We had small children with us so could not spend as long as we wanted at Aston Hall and this person was almost aggressive in telling us to visit the very top floor. Apparently there was a new children's play part there that was not getting used?! She even began to tidy away the crayons and colouring pictures my children had been playing with. Made to feel very uncomfortable so we left.

Visited August 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Aston Hall Birmingham UK”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

Historic house with gardens.
Ideal plave to take family with older children (5+) and adults
Not good for wheel chairs or those who are inferm -but they do do virtual tours
of upper floors.
gift shop rather limited and cafe was rather low on stock when we visited today.
House has lots of historic furnture and a civil war history too (they were Royalists)
Some cannon ball damage!!
I shall revisit in November when the place will be lit ONLY by candles (evening visit !!)
The Americans will love it and VERY reasonable too at £4.00 per person with under 16 year olds free (not allowed with out adult)

Visited August 2013
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Burton, United Kingdom
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“good day out”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

had weekend in b'ham, went to aston hall, nice tea and cake. nice surroundings. service was ok, well priced, with decent portion sizes.

Visited August 2013
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England
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46 reviews
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“Aston Hall”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

I have been to Aston Hall not only for their 'by candlelight ' experience but also during the daytime. I was very impressed and sorry I'd knew so little about this very impressive hall. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable, a thoroughly enjoyable and informative visit.

Visited December 2012
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“spendid building”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

the house and gardens have had a lot of work done to restore them. This has brought out the house's natural beauty. the displays are informative and the gardens are lovely you forget your near the centre of Birmingham well worth a visit

Visited August 2012
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