Haddon Hall is one of our favourite places to visit in the Peak District.
The house was originally owned by the Vernon family from 1170 until 1567 and then it passed to the Manners family.
Sadly, the Manners family moved to the great Belvoir Castle in the 17th century and Haddon Hall was left to slumber.
It remained empty for nearly two hundred years
This extraordinary period, when time stood still in the Hall, allowed it to remain unaltered during the modernising period of the Georgians and Victorians.
Today Haddon Hall reflects a great sense of history because it has been maintained by the same family for over 900 years.
Our pictures were taken before restoration work began in 2004 on windows in the Long Gallery. As you can see, the windows were pretty damaged.
As you wander around the house, you will notice two animal shapes. The boar emblem represents the Vernon family and the peacock the Manners family.
They appear together all over the estate. Pay attention to the spectacular clipped topiary figures in the huge yew bushes outside the gardener’s cottage.
Gardens & parkland
Haddon Hall’s Elizabethan walled gardens are a rare survival of the 16th century.
Renowned for their beauty, the gardens are arranged in a series of terraces, retained by enormous buttresses, that cascade down to the River Wye.
The seemingly endless views over the ancient parkland are stunning!
From the Haddon Hall car park, a pleasant 5-mile walk will take you along the River Wye into Bakewell and back again via Burton Edge.
This is a great walk in the Derbyshire countryside.
Enjoy glorious views towards the Wye Valley, Manners Woods and the moorland beyond.
Another 6-mile variant will first take you towards Over Haddon and through Bakewell back to Haddon Hall.
Cool Places to Explore
Bakewell | Chatsworth House | Stanage Edge | Curbar Edge | Monsal Dale | Heights of Abraham | Lyme Park.