Haddon Hall is one of the Peak Districts most iconic stately homes and has been used in a range of film productions including Harry Potter. Simon Jenkins describes Haddon Hall in his book “a thousand best houses” as, “the most romantic house to survive from the Middle Ages”. The house itself overlooks the river Wye and commands fantastic views of the central Peak District.
Haddon Hall dates back to the middle Ages and can be best described as a fortified medieval manor house. The house was however uninhabited for over 200 years between 1700 and 1920, until the 9th Duke and Duchess of Rutland restored the house to make it habitable again. Haddon Hall’s gardens were also restored and are one of the most popular places within the estate to visit.
Visitors also have the opportunity to dine at Haddon Hall’s restaurant which boasts excellent views over the river Wye. The restaurant also endeavours to use just locally sourced foods when possible and serves up a range of different British classic dishes. The most popular dishes served in the restaurant include beef reared on the Haddon estate served with red wine, as well as a number of different pies and freshly made desserts. The restaurant is also fully licensed and has a well stocked bar as well as a number of local beers and ales. Visitors who just wish to dine at the restaurant and not visit Haddon Hall itself do not have to pay the admission charge to Haddon Hall. There is also a gift shop on site selling a range of locally produced crafts and souvenirs.
Haddon Hall is open daily from May to September, between 12 noon and 5.00pm. Haddon Hall is also open throughout April between the 6th and the 29th, though only on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. Late night opening is also being introduced for 2013 with Haddon Hall as well as its gardens remaining open to 8.00pm on Thursdays. Visiting costs £10.00 for adults and £5.50 for children, with concession tickets being available for £9.50. Family tickets for 2 adults and three children are also available for £28.00. Discounted prices apply to schools who can visit for £4.50 a child, with an adult being able to attend free of charge for every 10 children.