Places to Visit in Bakewell, Derbyshire
Built over 600 years ago close to the historic market town of Bakewell, this magical old manor house has triumphantly withstood the passage of time. William the Conqueror’s illegitimate son, Peverel, and his descendants held Haddon for a hundred years before it passed into the hands of the Vernons. The following four centuries saw the development of the existing medieval and Tudor manor house from its Norman origins.
In the late 16th century, it passed through marriage to the Manners family, later to become Dukes of Rutland, in whose possession
it has remained ever since. The house has changed little since the reign of Henry VIII, whose elder brother was a frequent guest, although the time-worn steps are a constant reminder of its great age.
The terraced gardens, one of the chief glories of Haddon, were added during the 16th century. Roses, clematis and delphiniums, colourful and fragrant, soften the harshness of the great stone buttresses and ancient yellow and grey walls of the house itself. Believed by many to be the most romantic garden in all England.
The unique charm of this magnificent old house and idyllic rose gardens has made it a popular choice with film producers over the years. Recently, Franco Zefirelli transformed the house into “Thornfield” for his version of Jane Eyre which was filmed almost entirely on location
at Haddon Hall. Other productions filmed at Haddon include the BBC’s Prince and the Pauper, Moll Flanders and most recently the Oscar nominated film Elizabeth.
Above all else, Haddon remains a family home, lived in and cared for.
Whatever your reason for visiting Haddon Hall, there is one thing you can take for granted – you will not be disappointed. Make sure you visit the finest surviving Medieval house in all England.
Our licensed restaurant, situated in the 17th century stable block, has a cosy family atmosphere. The walls are adorned with the work of local artists, depicting local scenes.
All of the paintings are available from the giftshop. The views from the restaurant are stunning, taking in the beautiful green Derbyshire countryside and the River Wye. The restaurant is open from 11.30am - 5.00pm and our friendly staff look forward to seeing you soon.
We serve a range of homemade food, serving a range of traditional English fayre: hot and cold lunches, morning coffee and cream teas.
Haddon Hall has also been used for various film sets including Jane Eyre, The Prince and The Pauper, Moll Flanders, Elizabeth and Pride and Prejudice.
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