We welcome school visits to this perfect medieval and Tudor house, ideal for any Key Stage.
Haddon Hall is brought to life by our experienced guides. Students are enthralled with the history of the house and the colourful characters connected with it.
There are 3 main options for a primary school visit. A guided tour with one of our guides, introducing the hall to the students and covering the history of the building and life in the medieval and Tudor eras. This tour can also be tailored to suit other subjects, such as Creative Studies and Literacy. Students can use the hall and its decor to inspire their own creativity, whether it's designing a new wooden chair or writing a diary about a banquet at the hall.
In addition to the tour of the Hall, we offer a costume room experience (suited to Key Stage 2). The Tudor household is described through costumes, and the children get the chance to dress up as different members of the Vernon and Manners families. This enjoyable experience brings the history of the household to life and is a great photo opportunity for the school visit!
Lastly there is the Ecology half days. Students are taken around the estate to see the wildlife and plants that make Haddon their home. Meet our ancient trees, try and spot the Longhorn cattle, or build a minibeast hotel.
For secondary groups we can offer a tour-based visit as above, where one of our guides can focus on a chosen topic.
For Design & Technology subjects there is a self-guided option. Where your teachers can supervise the students around the hall, as they sketch ideas from the hall itself and the decor.
For a more indepth look at the hall there is the option of Guided Activities. These 20-minute activities are designed by our Education Team to suite your chosen subject, and get the students interacting with their environment.
Open all the time
Primary Child with Costume Room-£7.25
Primary Child with tour only-£6.00
Primary Ecology Half Day-£7.25
Secondary Student teacher-led visit-£6.00
Secondary Student with tour-£7.25
Secondary Student with Guided Activities-£9.00
One Adult in every 10 children is free. Any extra Adults will be charged at £10.50 per adult.
SK 227666 53.19184 -1.65145
On A6 between Rowsley and Bakewell. Follow brown tourist signs from Matlock or Bakewell.
Bus routes: Transpeak from Manchester and Nottingham or R61.
Nearest railway station: Chesterfield or Matlock.
: 5 miles from Matlock station
- Baby changing facilities
- Coach parties accepted
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- Disabled toilets
- Facilities for groups
- Facilities for educational visits
- French signs/guides
- Gift shop
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Public toilets
- Welcome Host
- Accepts groups
- Children welcome
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
Self-Assessed Accessibility Details
- Designated parking for guests with disabilities
- Within 50 metres approx. of entrance
- The route from the parking area to the entrance:
- Has steps and no ramp
- Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
- From the entrance to reception / ticket area
- To a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
- To the gift shop
- Baby changing facilities
- Seating available for visitors with limited mobility
- Wheelchairs provided
- Routes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
- Audible alarm system
- Steps to the main entrance
- 20Number of steps to entrance
- Handrail by steps
- Entrance is well lit
- Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
- Gluten free (coeliacs)
- High chairs for children
Haddon Hall is a Grade 1* listed building. It is built on a hillside above the valley of the River Wye. Because of the nature of the site, there are many different levels within the house itself. Access for visitors with disabilities and especially those using wheelchairs is very restricted. The ground floor is mainly flag stones, which have a worn uneven surface. Care and attention must be paid especially in doorways. Due to the changing levels in the Hall there are small steps between rooms.