South Elmham Hall

Once a bishop's palace, the moated house has the oldest known wall paintings in Suffolk.

Hall Lane, St Cross South Elmham, Harleston, Suffolk, IP20 0PY

South Elmham Hall in Suffolk

Experience this house


South Elmham Hall is a thirteenth-century former bishop’s palace within a four-acre moated site. It stands at the very centre of an ancient estate which was once a key player in East Anglia’s earliest map of Christianity.

Visitors will be given a tour of the house, grounds and garden, including the gatehouse ruin, followed by tea and home-made cakes. After tea, there will be an optional 15- to 20-minute guided walk through the former deer park to South Elmham Minster, once described as one of the most romantic and enigmatic ruins in England, and the eleventh-century chapel built to commemorate the site of a seventh-century Saxon minister. (Shoes suitable for crossing fields are required for the Minster walk).

Tours that are scheduled will be listed below. If none are scheduled yet, please check back later, or find other tours you might enjoy on our tours listing page here.

South Elmham Hall windows

2 hours (for the house and garden tour and tea), or 3 hours including the Minster walk.

£28.00 per person

Tea/coffee and homemade cake.
Group visits can include a two-course lunch at extra charge and there is a fully licensed bar with a range of beers, wines and spirits.

Ground floor only, outside garden includes lawns and gravel paths.

No stilettos. Suitable footwear required if visiting the Minster.


“Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the long history of the Hall, estate and Minster so well researched by Mr Sanderson. The stroll through the fields to the well-hidden Minster was a lovely end to the day.”