- Event dates
2 Apr - 4 Dec
- Opening times
11:00 – 16:00
- Special event
The House itself will be open from 12noon to 2.30pm. The majority of rooms will be open, apart from the ones the family are using.
If you wish to visit the Gardens without viewing the House, please book your visit at our Gardens page. If you wish to book to visit the House and Gardens, please continue to scroll down this page for all the information and to the 'book tickets' link.
Pop-up events included with House & Gardens entry:
Sat 28/Sun 29 May - Sheep Shearing and Crafts
Mon 22 to Fri 26 Aug - Tudor Archery living history
Changes to opening hours will apply on the following days:
Sat 11 June - the House, and the area inside the Moat will close from 2pm, as we are hosting a wedding reception; the main Gardens will remain open until 4pm
Sat 9 July - the - the House, and the area inside the Moat will close from 2pm, as we are hosting a wedding reception; the main Gardens will remain open until 4pm
Thu 14 July - the House, and the area inside the Moat will close from 2pm, as we are hosting a wedding reception; the main Gardens will remain open until 4pm
An active day out for explorers of all ages - a breath of fresh air for everyone!
Kentwell Hall stands as a stunning early brick Tudor House built in three distinct sections: the core Centre Block and two Wings.. Started by John Clopton (d 1497) – who was mainly responsible for rebuilding Melford Church in the 1480s – and finished before 1540 by his son, Sir William Clopton (d 1530), It has a brick lined moat around the House, extended in the 18th Century, to be one of the most extensive in this much moated part of the country; with another, perhaps earlier, moat around the Walled Garden.
The Moat House was built in the late 15th Century as a service building for an earlier house, with three very different elements. A brick southern section rising from the Moat with a projecting tower complete with loops and arrow slits, which houses the oldest little latter Brewhouse in the country. A half-timbered bricknogged and jettied middle section, housing the Bakehouse. A fancy brickwork 18th Century northern section, with white Woolpit bricks, now the Dairy.
Seeing the inside of the House is a fascinating experience. It retains its essentially Tudor layout, just one room thick throughout. The West Wing remains Tudor in feel. The interior of the Centre Block and East was 'improved' by architect Thomas Hopper in 1825/6 in the Gothic Style and reflects decoration of the 1800s and embellished further by the owners since 1970 I their own idiosyncratic style, exemplified by their Roman-inspired State Bathroom .
Kentwell is very much a liveable-in and a lived-in House. With a haunting first written about in the 1830s.
Notable are the some of the finest Tudor armorial stained glass anywhere as well as much other early stained glass. Some stunning murals and A fine suite of tapestries telling the biblical story of Tobit and Tobias. There's an extensive collection of Tudor portaits. and arare pair of massive leather screens illustrating the Coronation procession of Edward VI.
Kentwell's Gardens provide a haven of tranquility and beauty in a challenging world. A feeling of naturalness, not over-manicured, where visitors can lose themselves in the moment. The beauty of the buildings and the usually still waters of the moats, disturbed only by fish and fowl, set the tone. Much distinguished topiary and surprises at many turns.
Water and mellow red brick everywhere contribute so much to the overall tranquility..
- Early Spring: snowdrops and drifts of massed daffodils, followed by plentiful cowslips and primroses. Espaliered fruit trees display their ancient, gnarled limbs before they are lost in leaves.
- June and July: the gardens at their peak
- August and September: roses and fruit trees
- Autumn: glorious autumn colours everywhere. Leafless trees show their shape and the evergreen topiary is most striking.
We prefer you to pre-book your visit so we can monitor numbers. You can buy at the Gate but at an additional cost of £2 per ticket! The gardens will close at 4pm. If you are Season Ticket holders, or Historic Houses members, please also book your tickets on-line.
Refreshments: we offer light lunches and refreshments in the Tearoom or Tea Garden
The Weather: we will open whatever the weather and your visit can certainly fill a rewarding few hours. Please dress appropriately for the weather! Kentwell has its own Met Office weather report - please click here to view it.
Accessibility: the majority of the gardens are accessible by wheelchair in good weather, via good pathways and firm, lawned or mown grass tracks.
Disabled Visitor Discount: for registered disabled visitors and their carers: please purchase tickets at the next rate down. If you are adults, please purchase a senior ticket; if you are seniors, please purchase a child ticket, and so on.
Dogs: no dogs, except guide dogs, are permitted within the grounds.
Cancellations and refunds: Should Government action at any time cause us to close, we will, of course, refund any tickets purchased for any affected days. Otherwise, we operate a no-refunds policy. Please always check our website before travelling, in case circumstances or Government Advice has changed.
Covid Precautions: we ask that everyone brings lower face coverings to wear in indoor areas . Please bring your own hand sanitiser. Please do not attend if you are suffering from, or displaying any symptoms of, Coronavirus.
Tickets & prices
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You'll be able to choose dates and use your season ticket discounts during checkout.
|Online||On the day|
|Child under 3||FREE||FREE|
|Family of 2 adults & 2 children||£52.00||£58.00|
Group discounts available at checkout for parties of over 15 people.