Things to do at Kirby Hall review
Kirby Hall was once a fine Elizabethan country house that can be found near Gretton in Northamptonshire. It is maintained by English Heritage and was built around 1570 although it is seen today as a 17th-century house. The house is now in a semi-ruined state with many parts of it no longer having a roof.
The Great Hall and the staterooms at the house remain intact. There is a new interactive exhibition that tells the story of its past from rise to fall. The house was once owned by Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord Chancellor. The house was even visited by King James I when on a royal progress. There are atmospheric sounds in some of the rooms and they also have fun interactive games. Plus a ‘Tapestry Trail’ that you can follow to see if you have what it takes to make it to the finest room in the house.
There are small elaborate gardens you can walk around that have a cutwork design. The gardens have been restored and feature statues and urns. Make sure you pick up a copy of their children’s trail and join Edmund the peacock on an adventure. It’s a great way to spot more than you would normally notice and you may even find some of their real peacocks who live on site.
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FAQ and Further Information Kirby Hall
Is there food and drink available?
There is a vending machine serving hot drinks, some snacks are available in the shop. You are welcome to bring a picnic.
What are the main things to do?
Large part ruined Elizabethan house with rooms you can explore, interactive exhibits, family-friendly trails and gardens. There are toilets, hot drinks and limited snacks.
What are the ticket prices?
*FREE or mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of English Heritage or mid-range for nonmembers. An adult ticket costs £9.00 without donation, children 5-17 £5.40. Other pricing options including family tickets are available.
Is there parking?
There is parking for about 30 cars 100 metres from the entrance.
When are they open?
Kirby Hall is open for most of the year with some closure mid-week during autumn and winter. For up to date opening times and dates please visit their website.
Dogs on leads are welcome outside in the ruined areas, gardens and grounds only.
Are they accessible?