Why Visit?

‘The most perfect house to survive from the Middle Ages’ Simon Jenkins

Haddon is 900 years old, has been owned by one family for the duration of its existence and is believed to be one of the most important historic houses in England.

Haddon is held in such esteem, as it was left under lock and key by its owners for more than 200 years from the reign of Queen Anne to the late 19th Century, resulting in its interiors, from the 14th Century to early Elizabethan period, being left untouched and for you to see.

It is the great survivor and there is nowhere else like it.

Visit Haddon and step back in time.

When the lock was turned on Haddon, its contents were left on the walls and on the floors. The dais table remained on its step in the Banqueting Hall, the tapestries on the walls, the fire dogs in the hearths, the pewter in the cupboards. From this, the hall became known as ‘The Sleeping Beauty’

Haddon houses one of the most important Early English Furniture collections in England and a nationally important collection of tapestries.

At Haddon, you will find the oldest medieval kitchens in England, which retain all their original features, including the stock pot, chopping boards, baking ovens, work tops and butchery.

Haddon’s chapel is still adorned by its original exquisite 14th century fresco seccos

Haddon’s 110ft Long Gallery, designed by Robert Smythson is reputed to be in the most beautiful room in England.

Renowned for their beauty, structure and views, Haddon’s Elizabethan Walled Gardens, recently replanted by Arne Maynard, are famous for their roses and are profoundly romantic.

As Haddon survived, so did much of its original deer park. The private parkland of Lord and Lady Edward Manners, this is now available to be explored by our programme of guided walks and talks.

With a host of events, a museum, musical performances, artisan markets, a gift shop, guided tours, restaurant and a café serving Traditional English Teas, Haddon makes for an intriguing and magical day out for all the family and for all generations to enjoy.