Hall Place and Gardens
Hall Place is a fine Grade I listed country house built in 1537 for Sir John Champneys, a wealthy merchant and former Lord Mayor of London.
The house boasts a panelled Tudor Great Hall, overlooked by a minstrel’s gallery, and various period rooms. The 17th century additions and improvements by Sir Robert Austen include a vaulted Long Gallery and splendid Great Chamber with a fine plaster ceiling.
Managed by Bexley Heritage Trust, this beautiful estate of 65 hectares stands on the banks of the River Cray at Bexley. Surrounding the house are award winning formal gardens with magnificent topiary, enclosed gardens and inspirational herbaceous borders. In the walled gardens there is a nursery selling plants grown in the Hall Place gardens, and a sub-tropical glasshouse where you can see ripening bananas in mid-winter.
Displays include an introduction to the house’s history and exhibits from Bexley’s extensive museum collection, as well as contemporary art exhibitions. The visitor centre in the grounds offers a riverside cafe and a gift shop run by Gardener & Cook.
There is an extensive programme of events, family activities, concerts and theatre in the house and gardens. Several rooms are available to hire for meetings and events, including the Great Hall and Great Chamber, which are also licensed for civil wedding ceremonies. Bexley Heritage Trust runs a popular education and outreach service and organized activities for families during the school holidays.
Hall Place is surrounded by 65 hectares of magnificent formal gardens and landscaped parkland that have something to offer visitors throughout the year.
The Hall Place gardens are one of only a handful of sites in the UK to have won the Civic Trust’s Green Flag award for eleven successive years and also have coveted Green Heritage Site status.
There are many features around the spectacular gardens. The west lawn boasts a stunning topiary lawn of chess pieces and the Queen’s Beasts, planted to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. You can stroll around enclosed gardens, rose and herb gardens and admire inspirational herbaceous borders full of colour throughout the year.
The parkland, through which the River Cray flows, can be explored at a leisurely pace whilst discovering the exceptional collection of trees and the profusion of wildlife that call the estate home.
The former walled gardens have a plant nursery with display gardens, model gardens and a sub-tropical plant house with a host of exotic plants, where you can see bananas ripening in mid-winter.
The nursery shop offers visitors the chance to purchase a variety of shrubs, perennial and annual plants grown in the Hall Place gardens and to get some advice from our experienced team.
The new visitor centre in the grounds offers a riverside tearoom with unparalleled views of the parkland and a gift shop, as well as tourist information.
Admission to the gardens is free, except on special events days when there may be a charge.
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Hall Place and Gardens
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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015