Overview

Kentwell Hall is Suffolk’s hidden gem and one of England’s finest Tudor houses that stands within the most extensive moat in the county and nearly 30 acres of formal gardens and grounds. 

A privately owned house that is fully moated, Kentwell is truly a stunning property with a character and an individuality not often seen in great venues these days. 

The house offers the visitor a journey through time from the Great Tudor Kitchen, the Gothic centre block to the State bedroom that was created by Thomas Hopper for the then Duke of York.   

Kentwell Hall’s organic gardens are today a combination of ancient features, elements of the substantial alterations of Lady Guthrie, tenant during the 1930s, and the recent landscaping and planting by the current owners. 

“Kentwell offers a surprise around every corner - delightful”.


Opening
Opening

2020

Snowdrops and Spring walks: 15 February - 8 March

Wellie Walk Nature Hunt: 15 February - 23 February

Lambing weekends: 14 March - 29 March

House and garden: 4 April - 20 May

Eastertide: 10 - 13 April

Tudor May Day Festival: 2 - 3 May

Through the Ages: 6 May

Through the Ages: 8 - 10 May

Please check Kentwell's website for opening dates and times. Historic Houses Members can attend special event day for just £5.00 per person. 

Find Us
Find us

Long Melford is on the A134 between Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury on the Suffolk/Essex border.

For those travelling by public transport, the nearest train station is Sudbury, approx 3 miles from Kentwell. Bus & taxi are available.

Taxi

Fox Cars 01787 881212

Admission
Admission

Historic House members visit for free, except for special events.

Adults: £12.90

Child (5-15): £9.90

Senior (+60): 11.90

Family (2+2): £42.50

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Guide dogs welcome

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Weddings

For the past thirty years Kentwell Hall has hosted many weddings from outside 'festival' weddings using our Rustic Barns in the Barnsword area, to more formal days; including the ceremony, reception with a three course wedding breakfast followed by an evening celebration.

 

Facilities

  • Suppliers list
  • Bridal suite
  • In-house catering
  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Guest parking
  • Wedding planner
  • Accessible parking

Kentwell was magical... the most perfect, romantic setting . . . we could not have picked a more enchanting venue

Anna and Andy


Accommodation

Hall Barn on the Kentwell Hall Estate and is a converted timber framed barn. Hall Barn offers a large garden, views over the Suffolk countryside and large patio that is perfect for outdoor dining. It can accommodate up to 14 guests or can be let for a smaller group for up to 5 guests.

Lodge Cottage is charming and stylish and can sleep up to 4 guests and is ideally situated on the Kentwell Estate to explore the
Suffolk.


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Kentwell Hall is a truly unique venue and offers a perfect backdrop for meetings, corporate entertaining, team building and launches. Because of the flexibility at Kentwell we would invite to discuss any requirements you may have; indoors or outdoors. We will inspire you to get the most out of your event!

Facilities

  • Wifi
  • Plentiful parking
  • Team building activities
  • Refreshments
  • Lunch
  • Accessible toilets
  • Dinner
  • Projector and screen
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Breakfast

Kentwell Hall was the perfect venue for the launch of the 'Wool Towns' and thank you to all the staff & Tudor volunteers who made the day extra special.

David Martin


Opening
Opening

2020

Snowdrops and Spring walks: 15 February - 8 March

Wellie Walk Nature Hunt: 15 February - 23 February

Lambing weekends: 14 March - 29 March

House and garden: 4 April - 20 May

Eastertide: 10 - 13 April

Tudor May Day Festival: 2 - 3 May

Through the Ages: 6 May

Through the Ages: 8 - 10 May

Please check Kentwell's website for opening dates and times. Historic Houses Members can attend special event day for just £5.00 per person. 

Find Us
Find us

Long Melford is on the A134 between Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury on the Suffolk/Essex border.

For those travelling by public transport, the nearest train station is Sudbury, approx 3 miles from Kentwell. Bus & taxi are available.

Taxi

Fox Cars 01787 881212

Admission
Admission

Historic House members visit for free, except for special events.

Adults: £12.90

Child (5-15): £9.90

Senior (+60): 11.90

Family (2+2): £42.50

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Guide dogs welcome

Other opening


School Visits

Over the last 30 plus years Kentwell Hall has had over 3,000 schools and over half a million schoolchildren who have enjoyed the ‘Kentwell’ experience.

With the many events held throughout the year, Kentwell offers a range of educational, historical, interactive and fun days out of the classroom.

One of Kentwell’s largest events is the Tudor Living Re-creation days, that take children through the ‘time tunnel’ (literally) back into the 16th century as they become ‘Tudors’ for a day. And with over 200 costumed Tudors, schools will see life as their ancestors lived.

 


Kentwell Hall's history and features

Both Aelfgar and Sward were Saxons and soon after the Norman invasion in 1066, Saxons nearly everywhere were displaced by Normans. Here, Frodo brother of Baldwin, Abbot of the great Abbey at Bury St Edmunds took the manor. After Frodo, his son Gilbert took the name de Kentwelle, to be followed by Richard, then another Gilbert; this one accompanied the Earl of Clare, known as Strongbow, in the invasion of Ireland in 1170. There he settled and 600 years later a Kentwell, probably a descendant or of his clan, was transported on the 3rd convict ship to Botany Bay. His descendants have since flourished — with a family Association — in Australia where many named Kentwelle now live, while there are few, if any, of that name in England. The last de Kentwelle, probably another Gilbert, held the manor until about 1250 when it was in the hands of the King.

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A word from the owner

The 'Haunting' Story is that a lady had a row with her husband who followed her through the Long Gallery. The lady then either fell, jumped or was pushed out of the window and drowned in the Moat. She can often be heard . . . passing 'through'. One of our dog would never enter the room!
Patrick Phillips

Fun Facts

During WWII Kentwell Hall become a major Army transit camp and many of those involved in the D Day landings assembled at the Hall.