House, Gardens & Farm - May

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Visiting the house

The House, Gardens & Farm are open for you to explore.

Kentwell holds a lot of special events throughout the season, but many visitors find it a delight to visit when there is nothing extra going on. They can then fully enjoy Kentwell's unrivalled romantic air and tranquillity.

"A little Great House of great beauty - paradise on Earth" - Lucy Norton, author, b 1900 at Kentwell.

The House is one of England's finest Tudor Houses, developed in stages between about 1500 and 1540 to form a typical Elizabethan E-plan. The exterior is little altered, while the interior shows the progression of the House from its Tudor beginnings, through Hopper's Victorian 'improvements', to the modern day. Less a stately house, more a family home.

The 15th Century Moat House is a little-altered survival of a service building of that time, with Dairy, Bakehouse, Brewhouse, Stillroom and Solar, set against the wide moat.

Our Gardens are a pleasure to walk round at any time. The Gardens are tranquil and romantic to walk round. They are fun to explore, from the lovely Walled Garden with potager and large herb garden, to surprises such as the Courtyard Maze, the Carved Tree and the Pied Piper Topiary. Try the Human Sundial and find your way round the Yew Castle.

In May, be sure to visit the Fernery, where the fronds are all extending with new growth. The wildflower meadows have taken over from the daffodils, softening the edges of the walks and providing a habitat for breeding wildlife. The long borders are swaying with ox-eye daisies and aquilegia, wonderful for cut flower posies.

From every location in the Gardens, the House provides a stunning backdrop; just as the Gardens provide the perfect setting for the House. For the more adventurous there are walks into adjoining woods.

The Farm buildings are of interest at any time. This is a working farm (not a 'farm park') with many of the animals to be seen in their natural setting, some grazing in the paddocks and some in their housing.

Opening times

The Gardens will usually be open from 11am, with the House usually open from noon. The House and gardens usually close at 4pm. Occasionally, if we have a booking for a wedding, the House may close earlier than at the stated times - on these days, we will clearly display the opening times for the House.


The Stableyard Cafe will be open for homemade lunches and teas. You may sit indoors, or outside in the sunshine!

There is a picnic site by the Main Gates, with a marvellous view of the house, however we do not allow picnics inside the grounds.


Below are the prices for a House, Gardens & Farm visit when there is no special event on. Please note: House, Gardens & Farm tickets are not valid on special event days.

You can pre-book your tickets at discounted prices online, or come along without booking and pay in the Gift Shop.

Follow the 'Book Tickets' link to book to pay for your tickets on-line. Your ticket receipt will not be for a specific date, you are free to use it on any one day when the House, Gardens and Farm are open.

No dogs are allowed within the grounds.

Please note: online tickets must be booked before the day of your visit.

Ticket Prices

House, Gardens & FarmHouse, Gardens & Farm
Entry Price at GateOnline Price
Adult Ticket13.9512.95
Child Ticket (age 5-15)9.958.95
Senior Ticket (60+)13.4512.45
Family Ticket (2 adult + 2 child) 43.5042.50
Open on: 
Wed 1 May - Thu 2 May
Tue 7 May - Wed 8 May
Sat 11 May - Wed 15 May
Tue 21 May - Wed 22 May
Tue 28 May - Fri 31 May
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All (from 12-4pm)
  • Kentwell's tranquil Walled Garden
    Kentwell's tranquil Walled Garden
  • Pied Piper Topiary - Kentwell Hall
    Pied Piper Topiary
  • 'Lambing Live' at Kentwell
  • Hall and Gardens during a Re-Creation of Tudor Life
  • Kentwell Hall
  • The Library
  • The Great Hall
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