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
Build a den
Hunt for bugs
Make a grass trumpet
Explore inside a tree
Make a daisy chain
Go on a walk barefoot
Plant it, grow it, eat it
Gift Aid - Adult £4.00, Child £2.00, Family £10.00
Standard - Adult £3.60, Child £1.80, Family £9.00
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
- Indoor Activities
- Outdoor Activities
- Parks & Playgrounds
- Walks & Picnics
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