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Haddon Hall is a fine medieval and Tudor fortified house that dates back to the 12th century. It was left empty when the 1st Duke of Rutland moved out to the family's main residence, Belvoir castle in Leicestershire.
The design of the gardens date from the 16th and 17th centuries. Sir John Manners began the garden and the main terracing was added in the 17th century. Naturally they became rather overgrown when the Hall was empty. They were restored by the 9th Duchess when Haddon Hall was renovated.
Today, they boast a huge variety of roses, clematis and delphiniums. Early season visitors are treated to a display of colour from the bulbs, soon after these have died back, the roses fill the air with their scent. They have been carefully chosen to give a good display all summer long.
Mid-season visitors will see the magnificent display of delphiniums below the windows of the Long Gallery. In addition to these, the rest of the gardens comprises delightful herbaceous borders, lush lawns and fountains.
The Hall and Gardens open on Mondays to Saturdays (inclusive) from the beginning of April to the end of September . It also opens on Bank Holiday Mondays and the Sunday of the Bank Holiday. Dogs not allowed and restricted access for wheelchairs due to many uneven surfaces.
For full details of opening times and admission prices, visit the Haddon Hall web site or telephone .