Manchester, Liverpool, and the Peak District Sights

Haddon Hall

  • A6 Map It
  • Bakewell
  • House/Mansion/Villa
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

One of England's finest stately homes, and perhaps the most authentically Tudor of all the great houses, Haddon Hall bristles with intricate period detail. Built between 1180 and 1565, the house passed into the ownership of the dukes of Rutland and remained largely untouched until the early 20th century, when the ninth duke undertook a superlative restoration that revealed a series of early decorative 15th-century frescoes in the chapel. The finest of the intricate plasterwork and wooden paneling is best seen in the superb Long Gallery on the first floor. Baking is still done in the bread ovens in the well-preserved Tudor kitchen, using authentic Tudor methods. Here, too, is the unique collection of Gothic dole cupboards, some original to the house, which would have been filled with food and placed outside for those in need. A popular filming location, Haddon's starring roles include The Princess Bride (1985), Pride and Prejudice (2005), and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).

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A6, Bakewell, DE45 1LA, England

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Sight Details:

  • £12, parking £2
  • Apr. and Oct. (and Easter week), Sat.–Mon. noon–5; May–Sept., daily noon–5; 10 days in December 10:30–4; last admission 1 hr before closing.

Published 08/18/2015


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