Harvington Hall


(Worcestershire Attractions)


Harvington Hall Lane
Harvington
DY10 4LR
Kidderminster
Worcestershire
England
01562 777846
www.harvingtonhall.com


Tucked away in a peaceful corner of Worcestershire, Harvington Hall is a beautiful moated manor house with the largest surviving series of priest hides in the country and a rare collection of original Elizabethan wall paintings.


Originally built in the 1300s and developed magnificently in the late 1500s, Harvington Hall brings to life the fascinating history of the survival of Roman Catholic families and clergymen during the Reformation of the late sixteenth century.

Visitors will discover the Hall's many ingenious secret priest hides, many of which were designed by Saint Nicholas Owen, and marvel at the outstanding and rare wall paintings of the late 1500s.

The moated island is home to a variety of wildlife, not least the highly-esteemed ducks.

The moat harbours sizeable carp, and the occasional Kingfisher has been known to hunt there.

The Hall's beautiful gardens offer a peaceful retreat, with a stunning display of colour and a variety of styles. Boasting a formal herb garden and courtyard, a wildflower garden and cottage-style floral borders, the Hall's gardens are lovingly tended by dedicated volunteers.

The Malt House Visitor Centre offers a series of family activities and historic games, as well as an introductory film about the Hall and an insight into the processes of malting and brewing.

Also on the moated island, the Georgian Chapel is a peaceful space. Damaged by fire in 1823, after repairs it became the village school until 1913. It was restored and reopened for worship in the 1980s, and is still used for Mass today.
The Moatside Tearoom offers superb homemade cakes and scones and light lunches, all in an atmospheric historic setting. The Hall's gift shop offers a selection of Fairtrade and unusual gifts and homeware.

The Hall also has an extensive events programme, including action-packed Living History days, concerts, outdoor theatre and seasonal banqueting events.

The Hall is open Wednesdays - Sundays from March - October, from 11.30am. For more information, please see the Hall's website - www.harvingtonhall.com

kitchen maidJoin us in bringing the Elizabethan period to life at Harvington Hall this weekend. On Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October between 11.30 am and 3.30pm, the Hall will be filled with Elizabethan revels. Discover the arts of cookery and cottage crafts in the late 1500s, and marvel at demonstrations of archery and musket-fire. The Hall will be filled with Elizabethan music and dancing, log fires will be roaring in the Great Kitchen, and guided tours will reveal many secret priest hides and unfold the fascinating history of the Hall.

Please note that some activities are dependent on the weather. For more information, please call the Hall Office on 01562 777846 or visit www.harvingtonhall.com

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