Melford Hall


general information

General Information

It’s fair to say that Melford Hall has had its share of trials and tribulations, but it’s thanks to many generations from medieval monks to the Hyde Parker family who still live here, that this home still stands.

Around every corner there’s a new twist in the story – from Beatrix Potter sketches to collections of naval paintings and Chinese porcelain – everything tells a story and everyone has left their mark.

Devastated by fire in 1942, it was nurtured back to life by the Hyde Parker family and it remains their much loved family home to this day. It is their stories of family life at Melford – from visits by their cousin Beatrix Potter through to our visitors today that make this house more than bricks and mortar.

Memories of Beatrix Potter at Melford Hall 

Uncover the secrets at our special place that prolong the memory and connection of Beatrix Potter to the Hyde Parker family.

50 Things to do before you're 11¾ at Melford Hall

What better way to spend a day than by ticking off adventures on the 50 Things to do before you're 11¾ list?

50 Things to do before you're 11¾

The campaign encourages kids to spend more time outdoors having fun experiences. The list is full of inspiration for the ultimate outdoors challenges, from camping out in the wild to birdwatching or cooking on a campfire.
There are many of the 50 Things activities available at Melford Hall at any time. Why not explore the inside of a tree, hunt for bugs or become  'green-fingered' by planting it, growing it, and eating it? 
We’ve handpicked a few of the many things you can do here to start ticking off your 50 Things list, and there are other National Trust properties nearby.
Just ask the team at reception for more help and pointers when you arrive.

Build a den

Explore the surrounds and see what you can make from the natural materials, for example wood, branches, twigs and leaves.

Hunt for bugs

Explore around plants and underneath the bark of fallen trees to discover bugs and mini-beasts. Remember to return what you find to the wild before it's time to leave!

Make a grass trumpet

Which is the best grass to make your trumpet from? Who can make the loudest noise? Are there other things from nature that you could use as a musical instrument?

Explore inside a tree

Explore underneath the huge box tree in the garden. Elsewhere look for trees with big holes and keep an eye open for mini-beasts. Some trees are large enough (and old enough) to hide inside.

Make a daisy chain

Surrounded by large lawns and flowers, take the opportunity to find daisies, as well as many other species of plants and flowers.

Go on a walk barefoot

Feel the cool grass between your toes. Keep to the lawns and take care to avoid thorns or other things that might prick you - ouch!

Plant it, grow it, eat it

Just like you, fruit and vegetables need a bit of time to grow. And like you, they need the right conditions. For fruit and vegetables it's light, moisture and warmth.




Whole property:
Gift Aid - Adult £8.00, Child £4.00, Family £20.00 Group Adult N/A
Standard - Adult £7.20, Child £3.60, Family £18.00, Group Adult £6.80

Garden only:
Gift Aid - Adult £4.00, Child £2.00, Family £10.00

Standard - Adult £3.60, Child £1.80, Family £9.00

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Opening times:

Closed Nov-March - see website for daily opening times



  • Refurbished tearoom for sandwiches, cream teas, cakes, tea and coffee
  • Gatehouse shop for souvenirs, gifts, books and plants
  • Free parking, 200 yards. Access for coaches and other large vehicles by gated entrance 100 yards north of main gatehouse entrance. Further free parking in nearby Long Melford
  • Toilets at the gatehouse car park and within the house
  • Dogs on leads in car park and on park walk only
  • Talks to groups available
  • Groups welcome, please contact us before you visit


  • Baby-changing facilities
  • Hip-carrying infant seats and baby sling for loan
  • Suitable for small school groups - please call to arrange your visit
  • Croquet set available for visitors to use in the Garden
  • Beatrix Potter storybags available for loan containing a toy, story and picnic rug


  • Two steps to entrance of building, ramp available. One wheelchair to loan
  • Adapted toilet on the ground floor of house
  • Large print guide
  • Drop-off point at front of house
  • Stairlift to the upper floors of the house (only one user is allowed upstairs at one time, due to fire regulations)
  • Gardens mainly lawns and border but with gravel paths, some slopes and steps. Access to Tudor banqueting house difficult due to steps and slopes
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    • Parks & Playgrounds
    • Walks & Picnics


Babies (0-1), Toddlers (1-3), Pre-Schoolers (3-5), Juniors (5-13)


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