Hall place and Gardens

Hall Place is a fine Grade I listed country house built in 1537 for Sir John Champneys a wealthy merchant and former Lord Mayor of London. The house has been at the heart of the local community since the Tudor period and remains one of the historic treasures of Bexley. Admission is free and the house is now re-opened after an extensive restoration project which started in 2007.

Gardens Award Winning Gardens


Hall Place is surrounded by 65 hectares of magnificent formal gardens and landscaped parkland that have something to offer visitors throughout the year.




The Hall Place gardens are one of only a handful of sites in the UK to have won the Civic Trust’s Green Flag award for eleven successive years and also have coveted Green Heritage Site status.
There are many features around the spectacular gardens. The west lawn boasts a stunning topiary lawn of chess pieces and the Queen’s Beasts, planted to mark the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. You can stroll around enclosed gardens, rose and herb gardens and admire inspirational herbaceous borders full of colour throughout the year. The parkland, through which the River Cray flows, can be explored at a leisurely pace whilst discovering the exceptional collection of trees and the profusion of wildlife that call the estate home.

The former walled gardens have a plant nursery with display gardens, model gardens and a sub-tropical plant house with a host of exotic plants, where you can see bananas ripening in mid-winter. The nursery shop offers visitors the chance to purchase a variety of shrubs, perennial and annual plants grown in the Hall Place gardens and to get some advice from our experienced team.

The new visitor centre in the grounds offers a riverside tearoom with unparalleled views of the parkland and a gift shop, as well as tourist information.

Admission to the gardens is free, except on special events days when there may be a charge.

Please see the Events for further details. For opening times please see our Visitor Information.

Visit to Hall Place and Gardens

At Hall Place and Gardens there really is something for everyone. Visitors to the estate’s fine Tudor mansion, new visitor centre and award-winning gardens can enjoy fascinating history in a fabulous setting throughout the year.

Everything that you need to plan your visit to Hall Place and Gardens can be found on the following pages including opening times, prices and access details.

We welcome groups to Hall Place and can tailor visits to your particular needs. Please see the Group Visits page for further information. Hall Place is fully wheelchair accessible and there are two wheelchairs that you are able to borrow. In order to do this please contact us first on 01322 526574.

We have an action-packed programme of events throughout the year, with everything from family activities and brass band concerts to open-air theatre and bat walks – details of these can be found in our Events sections.

In order to enjoy everything Hall Place and Gardens has to offer, we suggest you allow 3 hours for your visit.

Hall Place and Gardens, Bourne Road, Bexley. Kent DA5 1PQ.

Admission Prices
Hall Place is open to all without admission charge, except on event days when an admission charge may apply.
Events – What’s on at Hall Place and Gardens

At Hall Place and Gardens there really is something for everyone. Visitors to the estate’s fine Tudor mansion and award-winning gardens can enjoy a huge variety of events throughout the year. We have an action-packed programme, with everything from family activities to concerts, open-air theatre to guided gallery tours and bat walks.

Details of our full programme of events are listed by category or you can view our Calendar of Events to see what’s on month by month. Alternatively telephone 01322 526574 to request a copy of our new eventls leaflet be sent to you in the post.

If you’d like to receive all the latest information about our events and activities at Hall Place please subscribe to our online newsletter. If you’d prefer to join our postal mailing list please email [email protected] or telephone us on 01322 526574.

Our website includes:

» Calendar
» Talks and lectures
» School holiday activities
» Garden Roadshow
» Performances
» Concerts
» Open Air Theatre
» Exhibitions
» Tours and Walks
» Victorian banquet
» The festive season
» Museum events
» How to book

Hire – Heritage Hospitality

Hall Place offers a unique and memorable venue for private hire. As well as being the perfect wedding venue, the newly restored house and landscaped gardens make a wonderful setting for any gathering, whether for business or pleasure.

We offer a wide choice of rooms for corporate hire, ranging from the Great Hall which can seat up to 140 theatre style to Lady Limerick’s Room which can accommodate up to fifteen delegates in panelled splendour overlooking the topiary lawn – guaranteed to encourage blue sky thinking. Upstairs, the Great Chamber with its magnificent plaster ceiling and the adjoining long gallery make a good space for around 50 people to meet and have refreshments, again with stunning views over the gardens. In the visitor centre our new meeting room looks out onto the house and has easy access to the riverside tea room.

Our tea room and in house caterers can provide all refreshments, from tea and coffee to a delicious lunch or dinner.

Hall Place is a popular choice for those looking for somewhere special to celebrate: anything from a silver or golden wedding anniversary, a baby’s naming ceremony to engagements and milestone birthdays. Our welcoming staff will make sure everything runs smoothly and your guests have a wonderful time. The private gardens off the Great Hall are a wonderful place for drinks on a summer’s afternoon, and we can make any size of party feel at home, and living like lords for the day.

The premier venue in Bexley for civil ceremonies and the perfect place for your wedding reception!

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Celebrate your wedding day surounded by 500 years of History…

Hall Place is a fine Tudor Mansion built in the reign of Henry VIII for Lord Mayor of London, Sir John Champneys. Both our beautiful panelled Great Hall and the stunning Great Chamber with its rare plaster ceiling are licensed for civil ceremonies. The house is a Grade 1 listed building offering a wedding in an unusual and stunning venue.

Our award winning gardens provide the ideal setting for your wedding photographs

The Great Hall

At the heart of the historic house the Great Hall can accommodate up to 100 wedding guests. Including a dramatic Minstrels Gallery, the great ‘oriel’ window and beautiful wood panelling this venue also allows you the chance to make use of the private courtyard garden to the north of the house. .

Hall Place also makes the perfect setting for your wedding reception. The Great Hall can accommodate up to 100 people for a sit down meal, rising to 140 for an evening party. The hire allows you exclusive use of the Great Hall and the adjacent Tudor Kitchen which provide an ideal area for the evening’s entertainment.

Follow your ceremony by leading your guests out in to the private gardens from the Great Hall or out on to the topiary lawn to capture that special moment.

The Great Chamber

For a more intimate service of up to 40 the Great Chamber is a lovely setting. Newly restored the Great Chamber has a magnificent 17th century plaster ceiling. Together with the adjoining Long Gallery it is a wonderful venue for a smaller wedding. The views over the topiary and the formal gardens from the great bay window provide a timeless and elegant backdrop.

The Great Chamber and Long Gallery in the north west wing can also provide an ideal venue for your drinks reception.
Our nursery staff can provide magnificent floral arrangements to complete your wedding.
The staff at Hall Place will help you along every step of the way, with expert and experienced advice

Download our wedding pack and current prices, or call us on 01322 526574 and we will send you a pack by post.

Booking Procedures:

Make a provisional booking with the Commercial/Function Manager on 01322 526574 or e-mail Lynda Weaver

For a ceremony, contact the Superintendent Registrar, Manor House on 0208 308 7509

Confirm your booking by returning your completed booking form and terms and conditions along with the 50% non refundable deposit.

Cheques payable to Bexley Heritage Trading

NB; Please note that the use of confetti is not permitted in the house or gardens.

Corporate entertaining
Be Inspired by Hall Place and Gardens for Conferences and Meetings…
Holding your meeting or conference with us?

Hall Place is a special location for that important meeting or conference.

Located just off the A2 close to the M25 with ample parking and direct rail links to London Hall Place offers an inspirational venue for exceptional value.
We have a variety of historic and modern rooms; meeting rooms and smaller rooms for break out sessions as well as larger spaces for plenary sessions.

The Great Hall

The Tudor Kitchen
The Great Chamber


The Stables Meeting Room


The Great Hall is a magnificent Tudor hall with wood panelling a minstrel’s gallery and private garden. It also benefits from the Tudor Kitchen adjacent which provides ideal accommodation for breakout sessions and refreshments.

The Great Chamber and Long Gallery is a suite of two connecting rooms overlooking the rose gardens and topiary lawn. Both rooms have beautiful plaster ceilings. It is a light airy wing of the house ideal for smaller conferences or more informal meetings and dinners.

The Limerick Room is a panelled room overlooking the rose gardens. This space is perfect for smaller business meetings.

The Stables Meeting Room is a modern meeting space providing light and airy facilities in our new visitor centre. With views of the south front of Hall Place.
We can provide tea and coffee in the morning and afternoon, and a delicious lunch prepared on site by our own staff. We are also able to offer your delegates a tour of the house and gardens and time to have a look round for themselves.

We are happy to tailor make the day to your exact requirements. Please contact Lynda Weaver or call 01322 526574 for further details. You may also be interested in Danson House a Georgian Villa also run by Bexley Heritage Trust with beautiful rooms available for corporate hire. Details can be found at www.dansonhouse.org.uk.

Private functions Your party at Hall Place

So many people have lifelong memories of Hall Place: it is a wonderful place to gather to celebrate a special birthday, to welcome a new addition to the family, or to have a celebration lunch or dinner in really special surroundings.

The Great Hall can accommodate up to 100 people to lunch or dinner, and the adjacent Tudor kitchen can be used for serving drinks before or after the meal. On the first floor the newly restored Great Chamber and Long Gallery provide a magnificent suite of rooms overlooking the topiary, for a smaller gathering of up to 50 people. The Limerick room on the ground floor is panelled and has an imposing fireplace, and offers a memorable setting for a group of up to 12.

We offer delicious food prepared on site by our in house caterers, and can tailor make the day to your requirements. Guests will be able to use the free parking on site. The house is easy to get to, being just off the A2 and close to the M25. There are direct rail links into central London.

For more information, or to arrange a viewing, please contact Lynda Weaver or call 01322 526574.

Film and TV locations – Filming at Danson or Hall Place

The two historic properties make marvellous locations for filming or photo shoots. Hall Place is perfect for large scale work as it is sparsely furnished and so easily adaptable, and the historic grounds also provide a wonderful setting. Danson House is beautifully restored by English Heritage and provides a truly authentic period setting in its elegant rooms, with views over newly landscaped parkland.

Our filming is handled by an agency, who will work with you to make sure that you have everything you need and that all goes smoothly. To find out more, please contact [email protected]

Education at Hall Place – Looking for somewhere different for a school or group visit?
Look no further than Hall Place and Gardens!
A restored Tudor mansion in extensive landscaped gardens Hall Place is the ideal location for learning outside the classroom.
As Sandford Award winners, Bexley Heritage Trust offers school children fun, hands-on sessions at the historic house including the Tudors, Victorians, World War II, literacy and environmental studies.
Our new interactive gallery now provides even more opportunities for children to learn and explore.

Contact Us

Contact us by telephone:

General Enquiries: 01322 526574

Booking Line and Shop: 01322 621238

Tourist Information: 01322 558676

Alternatively you can email us: [email protected]

Hall Place and Gardens, Bourne Road, Bexley Kent. DA5 1PQ.

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