Ingatestone Hall

Ancient brick and timber mansion, abundant with historic detail.

Ingatestone, Essex, CM4 9NR

Ingatestone Hall in Essex
Free for members
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Free parking
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
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Ingatestone Hall is a 16th-century mansion built by Sir William Petre, Secretary of State to four Tudor monarchs.

The house is still occupied by his descendants and contains furniture, pictures and memorabilia accumulated over the centuries.

The Hall stands in open countryside, one mile from the village of Ingatestone and substantially retains its original Tudor form and appearance with its mullioned windows, high chimneys, crow-step gables and oak-panelled rooms. It is surrounded by ten acres of enclosed gardens comprising extensive lawns, walled garden and stew pond.


Opening Times

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

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We are generally open on Wednesdays, Sundays and bank holidays from 12 noon to 5pm (last entry at 4pm) between Easter and the end of September.


Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adults: £8.50
Concessions: £7.50
Children (5-16): £4
Under 5: Free

Group Visits

By prior arrangement only, tours of the house and grounds, led by our experienced guides, are offered throughout the year when we are not otherwise open to visitors, even on days when we are open to the general public.

Private tours can be arranged in the morning or evening and the takes about 1.5 hours. Time can be allowed for a visit to our gift shop, or for refreshments or a light meal in the Summer Parlour and an opportunity to relax in the gardens.  Refreshments and meals can be provided with prior notice.

Individual tour groups are limited to a maximum of 25 persons but it is possible to run up to three separate tours concurrently.

Please ring the Estate Office (01277 353010) during normal office hours.

Educational Visits

Ingatestone Hall is a valuable resource for teachers organising expeditions or field trips for their pupils.

In our experience, the venue is most suitable for pupils in the last year of primary school but older and younger students are welcome too.  The Hall is not a museum but, having been occupied by the same family for 450 years it largely retains its original form and appearance and contains furniture, pictures and memorabilia.  William Petre, who built the Hall, was a leading Tudor statesman and the well-documented details of his life and those of his descendants illuminate many aspects of English history.

In addition, the Hall and its grounds provide material for study and project work in Art & Design, Geography, Science and Mathematics.

School visits normally take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays during the Summer Term but can sometimes be arranged at other times.  Such visits do not take place when the house and grounds are open to the public and only one school party is admitted on any particular day.

Christopher Singh
07843 094622

for the latest information.
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
Does our information need updating?
Let us know here

Getting here

Ingatestone, Essex, CM4 9NR

The main visitor entrance is at ///cake.reach.introWhat does this mean?

Ingatestone lies between Brentwood & Chelmsford off the A12. From the London end of the High St., take Station Lane and continue over the level crossing for 1 km.

Ingatestone Station (London-Norwich line) is 0.75 miles away.

Buses between Chelmsford & Brentwood stop at the top of Station Lane.

My family have lived at Ingatestone since it was built, we hope you enjoy visting our special house.

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