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Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle

Did you know that you can see the Changing of the Guard far more close up than at Buckingham Palace?  Head to Windsor Castle where you can watch the lead up to the ceremony for free outside the castle or the entire event inside the majestic structure.  If you want to watch for free, the guards parade up Sheet St., march up High St., and file into the castle in approximately 10 minutes.  Standing on the elevated steps of the Guildhall will give you a great vantage point.

Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle

However, I highly recommend touring the castle and watching the ceremony there.  Purchase a ticket to get inside the walls of the Queen’s sprawling home, and then you’ll be able to watch the entire, approximately 30 minutes-long Changing of the Guard Ceremony.  It usually takes place in the Lower Ward outside of the guardroom. The guards will enter the castle through the Henry VIII Gate. If you want to find the absolutely best spot, ask a uniformed warden to give you a suggestion.  Alternatively, try standing by the railings outside St. George’s Chapel. When I was there several years ago, I couldn’t believe how close the guards were! It was much more thrilling than watching the ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

However, be aware that if the Queen is in residence (check to see if the Royal Standard is flying above the Round Tower), the ceremony will take place on the lawn of the Quadrangle.  In that case, the guard will enter through St. George’s Gate and march all the way up Castle Hill. I recommend claiming a spot near the railings at Engine Court.

Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle

Wherever you choose to watch the ceremony, it’s extremely important to note that the Changing of the Guard at Windsor Castle is weather dependent and only occurs on certain days that change each month.  Before you go, check the schedule at www.householddivision.org.uk.  In addition, if you want to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony inside the castle, arrive no later than 10:00AM to get through security and find a good spot from which to watch.  You’ll have an amazing view no matter where you’re standing and will create a travel experience that you won’t soon forget!

Guardsman at Windsor Castle

Frogmore House and the Royal Baby

Frogmore House
Frogmore House
Photo Courtesy of the Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

As an avid royalist, I was excited for today’s announcement of the name of the new royal baby.  Archie Harrison and his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have made their new home at Frogmore Cottage on the grounds of the Frogmore Estate in Windsor Great Park (where Windsor Castle is located).  Built in 1801 and very recently renovated, other notable people who have made Frogmore Cottage their home are Abdul Karim, the secretary and “munshi” of Queen Victoria (think the movie “Victoria & Abdul”) and a Grand Duchess of Russia who escaped the Russian Revolution.

Frogmore Gardens
Frogmore Gardens
Photo Courtesy of Andrew Lawson and the Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

While the public obviously can’t visit the Sussexes’ home, you can get an exclusive tour of the 17th century Frogmore House and Gardens.   More on that in a moment; let’s talk a little about the house first.  In 1792, King George III purchased Frogmore as a countryside home for his wife, Queen Charlotte, and their daughters.   The Queen enjoyed simple and remote settings, away from the public eye, so in 1801, she built Frogmore House, currently used as a home for the Sussexes. 

Frogmore Gardens
Frogmore Gardens
Photo Courtesy of Derry Moore and the Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

In 1840, Queen Victoria gave Frogmore House to her mother, the Duchess of Kent.  After her mother’s death, Victoria frequently visited the house, enjoying it as a place of peace and quiet, and used it as the setting for intimate family functions.  In the 20th century, Queen Mary, wife of King George V and grandmother to Queen Elizabeth II, redecorated Frogmore with souvenirs and mementos of the royal family, treating it as a kind of royal museum.  Continuing in that tradition, in 1997, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, remodeled one of the rooms to contain sentimental items from the decommissioned Royal Yacht Britannia.  Most recently, in 2018, Frogmore House was used for the wedding reception of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

You can join the ranks of the few members of the public who have toured Frogmore House and Gardens.  They are only open on three Charity Days (usually in May) per year.  Tickets must be booked at the Royal Collection Trust’s websiteSo what are you waiting for?  Go and get your tickets now!  Frogmore is one of only three British royal residences that I haven’t been to, but if I ever visit the UK in May, I’m definitely reserving a place a on the tour!

Bridge in Frogmore Gardens
Frogmore Gardens
Photo Courtesy of the Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

Hadrian’s Wall: The Extraordinary Remains of Roman Life in Britain

Hadrian's Wall I’m on Hadrian’s Wall to defend Roman Britain from the barbarians in the north! Hadrian's Wall Actually, I’m at Housesteads Fort on Hadrian’s Wall, which was built, starting in 122 A.D., to protect northern Britain, which was part of the Roman Empire, from attacks by the Picts and other tribes living in what is now Scotland.  Along the wall, there were forts, garrisoned by both cavalry and infantry units, and surrounded by communities, every 5 miles. Turrets and milecastles, with smaller garrisons, guarded the areas of the wall in between the forts. Around 410 A.D., the Romans abandoned Britain, but archaeological evidence shows that native Britons continued to garrison the wall through the 5th century.  Over the next few centuries, the wall fell into disrepair, Hadrian's Walland many of the stones were taken away to build other structures. Today, visitors can hike almost the entire length of the wall, can explore the Hadrian's Wallexcavated remains of several Roman forts, and can see fascinating collections of artifacts that reveal how Romans, soldiers from all throughout the Empire, and local people lived together, socialized, traded, and intermarried in the forts and communities along the wall.

 

Housesteads Roman Fort is the most complete of all the forts along Hadrian’s Wall.  Construction began on the fort in 124 AD, only two years after the beginning of the Hadrian's Wallbuilding of Hadrian’s Wall.  The original name of the fort was Vercovicium, which means “place of the effective fighters”.  Today, visitors begin the self-guided tour in the excellent museum which gives a necessary and interesting overview of the layout of the fort, the various stages of construction, the use of the site over time, and the daily lives of the soldiers and families garrisoned there.  Next, venture out into the remains of the fort.  A wonderful guidebook, which I highly recommend purchasing, will explain the nature and purpose of each building.  There are also signs placed throughout the Roman ruins to help you understand what you’re seeing and see what the buildings once looked like.  Here are some of the remains that are interesting to explore:

  • the bakery where bread was produced for the soldiers and their families
  • the granaries (photo upper right) in which wheat was stored; be sure to read about the intriguing system that was used to keep the wheat dry and protected from vermin
  • the barracks (photo upper left) where the soldiers and their unit commanders lived; the soldiers were not native to Britain but rather came from provinces all across the Roman Empire including northern Africa, Germany, France, Belgium, Hadrian's Walland Italy; globalization isn’t only a modern concept!
  • the bathhouse in which soldiers could not only clean themselves but also socialize and relax
  • the hospital where soldiers were treated for sickness and injuries with medicine that was surprisingly advanced for the time
  • the principia, or headquarters, which served as a basilica in which justice was provided and orders were given, a shrine to the gods and to the Roman emperor, and a strongroom to hold valuables
  • the praetorium, or commanding officer’s house
  • the latrines, or restrooms, (photo to the right) which are the most well-preserved Roman latrines in Britain
  • the walls, ramparts, and gates
  • the civilian settlement where approximately 500 local people lived, worked, traded with, and intermarried with the Romans

Hadrian's WallWhen you’re finished touring the remains of the fort, I highly recommend taking a Hadrian's Walllong walk along Hadrian’s Wall.  Doing so will allow you to see the amazing feats of engineering it took to construct this defensive structure across the different terrains in northern England.  In addition, you’ll experience some breathtaking landscapes which I’m sure you’ll want to take photos of, like I did.  All alone, way out along the wall, you can contemplate what life was like here in the past when Romans and native Britons lived together, socialized, traded, shared ideas and customs, and even intermarried.  If I close my eyes now, I can still see the amazing landscapes along the wall.  It’s an experience that you’ll never forget.

 

Location of Houseteads Roman Fort on Hadrian’s Wall

Houseteads Roman Fort is located at Haydon Bridge outside the town of Hexham in the country of Northumbria, England.  For specific driving directions, click on the map below.   If you don’t have a car, from the beginning of April to the end of September, the Hadrian’s Wall Bus (AD122) can get you to any of the forts, Roman sites, and museums along the wall, including Housesteads.  This website provides detailed information about locations and timetables.

 

The Highland Folk Museum: Experience Living History in the Scottish Highlands

Highland Folk MuseumNo, I’m not at Goldilocks’ cottage and that’s not her hair hanging on the door.  I’m exploring the Highland Folk Museum, Britain’s first Highland Folk Museumopen air (living history) museum, which brings the history of the Highlands back to life before your eyes.  The Highland Folk Museum portrays daily life in the Scottish Highlands from the 1700’s to the 1960’s.  And best of all, admission is free!

My favorite part was exploring the 1700’s township.  The township includes four houses, two barns, and a weaver’s cottage.  The four homes are reconstructions made out of stones with thatched roofs.  Most are dug into the sides of the earth in order to conserve the heat in the cold Scottish winters.  Exploring each of the four homesteads allows you to understand how difficult life must have been in the Highlands Highland Folk Museumat that time.  Fires were fed with peat, which makes the air pretty smoke inside, as you can see in the picture below.  The majority of the family slept on Highland Folk Museumstraw mattresses, while mom and dad got a good night’s sleep (or not!) in a box bed.  Yes, you read that correctly; people used to sleep inside a box, that’s much like a huge cupboard, with a door in order to keep warm.  That doesn’t sound too comfortable!  Head on over the barns where you can try out a quern, which was used to grind grain into flour, take a photo with some traditional farming implements, and make some new furry friends.    The experience certainly made me even more grateful for the ease of modern living!

Highland Folk MuseumIn addition to the 1700’s township, visitors can also explore a logging encampment, an expansive farm, and an open air village.  The highlight of the logging encampment was the Victorian sawmill where you can see demonstrations of how felled trees were transformed into lumber using water power.  The huge farmyard includes a farmstead house, a tin cottage, a barn, and a smokehouse.  Surrounding the farm are other village buildings such as a post office and general store, where you can buy old fashioned penny candy.  Yum!  Strolling around the open air village, visitors can explore an early schoolhouse, traditional church, fascinating tailors and tweed store, vintage post office, joiner’s shop (where things were made of wood), quaint cottage, small summer house, and clockmaker’s shop.  There really is something that will interest everyone in the family at the Highland Folk Museum, making it a wonderful afternoon or morning out.

 

Location of the Highland Folk Museum

The Highland Folk Museum is located on Kingussie Rd in Newtonmore, Scotland.   It’s approximately one hour from Inverness or two hours from St. Andrews or Edinburgh.  If you’re driving from Inverness or Aberdeen to St. Andrews or Edinburgh, the museum makes for a lovely half-day stop.  That’s what we did.  Click on the map below for specific driving directions.

Glamis Castle: Birthplace and Residence of British Royalty in Scotland

Glamis Castle was the childhood home of the late Queen Elizabeth, the Glamis Castle GardensQueen Mother, and the birthplace of Her Royal Highness the late Princess Margaret.  The Queen Mother’s parents were both Lord and Lady Glamis and Earl and Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne. Glamis Castle has been the seat of the Lyon Family since 1372, and many larger than life figures have stayed at the castle, including Mary QueGlamis Castle en of Scots and King James I.  Today’s visitors tour the beautiful and historic state rooms, including the royal apartments of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (Queen Elizabeth II’s parents), and hear the story of the murder of the Scottish King Malcolm III who died at that castle in 1034. He was succeeded by his son Malcolm who was, in turn, killed nearby in battle by his cousin Macbeth.  Sound familiar? These local historical events inspired Shakespeare to make Glamis Castle the legendary home of Macbeth.

Glamis Castle is considered to be one of the most haunted castles in all of the United Kingdom.  One of the specters who Glamis Castle lives at the castle is a pageboy who sits outside the late Queen Mother’s sitting room.  According to medieval legend, on one of the coldest nights of the year, everyone went to bed but forgot to dismiss the little boy from his seat.  He supposedly froze to death there, and it’s said that his ghost frequents the spot and likes to trip people who walk by. Another ghostly tale at the castle involves a secret chamber in which the second Lord of Glamis and his enemy were playing cards and gambling all through the evening and late into the night. After being begged to stop by servants, who were worried that it was the Sabbath, the two lords supposedly brushed them off by saying, “iGlamis Castle Gardensf we have a mind to, we shall play until Doomsday”.  The next morning a stranger appeared at the castle to confront them, and many claimed it was the devil himself who told them that “doomsday has come for both of you“ and took their souls. Tradition states that if you listen at the walls of the secret room at midnight on Saturdays you can hear the two lords crying and shuffling their fateful deck of cards. Perhaps, the most pitiful ghost at Glamis is the Grey Lady who is said to haunt the chapel. She was the wife of the sixth lord of the castle and died after being victimized by King James V of Scotland, who hated her family and wanted the castle for himself.  The king had her two young sons imprisoned and had her tried for, convicted of, an executed for witchcraft. She was burned alive at the stake in 1537, and since then, has been seen entering, sitting, and praying in the castle’s chapel. The Grey Lady is the most frequently seen spirit at the castle.

 

If you visit Glamis Castle, be sure to stop and spend some time with the adorable Highland cattle located near the car park.

Location of Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle is located just outside the village of Angus, Scotland, approximately 20 minutes from Dundee, 45 minutes from St. Andrews, or 1.5 hours from Edinburgh.  If you’re traveling between Aberdeen and Edinburgh or if you’re spending time in St. Andrews, Glamis Castle makes an excellent stop or a lovely side trip for a few hours.  For specific directions to Glamis, click the map below.

 

 

 

York: A Walking Tour of the City’s Most Medieval Destinations

York is a bustling English city with incredible medieval roots. Join me on a walking tour of the city’s medieval sites including the most intact city walls in Britain, a castle and prison, a street straight out of the Middle Ages, a magnificent cathedral, and a Holy Roman emperor’s sword!  Let’s go back in time to explore medieval York.

 

One of things that York is best known for is its city walls.  York has more miles of intact walls than any other city in Britain!  The walls date back all the way to Roman times, and you can see the best preserved structure from Roman Multiangular Tower Yorktimes if you visit the Multiangular Tower in the Museum Gardens (the free, public, botanic gardens in the center of York).  The tower is a defensive structure that is, likely, and addition to the Roman walls built around 310 A.D.  While the surviving Roman structure is fascinating, we’re here to see the medieval city walls, which were constructed from the 12th to the 14th century.  The medieval walls are interrupted by four gatehouses which are known asBootham Bar York “bars”.  These bars not only provided a way to close off the city in times of war but also to restrict traffic and allow the collection of tolls.  Collecting tolls to enter a city is not a modern invention!  The oldest of these gatehouses is Bootham Bar.  Bootham’s archway dates from Norman times, but the rest of the gatehouse was constructed during the 14th century, when the structure was heightened to add a portcullis.   In 1501, a larger knocker was added to Bootham Bar because the gate was kept locked and any visiting Scots were required to knock and obtain the permission of the Lord Mayor to enter the city.  I would imagine most people followed the rule because the heads of traitors were often mounted on the gate! Today, visitors are welcome to climb across and through Bootham Bar while they walk along the 2.5 miles of walls surrounding York.  The walls are the most complete of any English city, and I found the scenery along the wall walk to be incredibly beautiful.  Here’s a link to  map of the city’s walls, which I used during my walk.  If your mobile device can’t access the internet in the UK, be sure to print out a copy before you leave your accommodations.

 

York Minster The next stop on our tour of medieval York is the city’s most famous and most popular tourist destination.  York Minster, officially the Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of St. Peter in York, is a Gothic cathedral built over a period of 250 years between 1220 and 1472.  I bet you’re wondering why it’s called a “minster”? The first church on the site was built in 627, and during Anglo-Saxon times, important churches were called minsters, hence the cathedral’s name.   Many also don’t know that York Minster was originally built as a Norman-style cathedral but was dismantled as the Gothic architecture replaced the previous one. Today, York Minster has the highest proportion of surviving medieval stained glass of any European cathedral. This includes, what I considered to be the highlight of my visit to the minster, a chance to see the breathtaking rose window, which is often referred to as the “Heart of Yorkshire”.

 

 

If you’re like me, you might be interested in seeing how York looked during medieval The Shambles Yorktimes.  The Shambles is a street that allows us to do just that.  Many of its half-timber buildings date back to the 14th and 15th centuries.  The name “Shambles” is likely short The Shambles Yorkfor “Great Flesh Shambles (Shelves)”, indicating that all of the butcher shops of the city were once located along this street, all the way up through the Victorian Era.  Outside some of the shops, you can still see metal hooks that meat once hung on. Slaughter houses were located behind the store fronts, and meat would be sold from what is now the window bottoms. Looking up, it’s evident that the second floor hangs over the street, likely to prevent the sun from hitting the meat for sale.  Visitors will also notice that the sides of the streets are higher, creating a channel through which the blood and remains of the butchering process could be washed away. Medieval Europe was definitely not known for its sanitation!  Don’t worry because the butcher shops are long gone and today the street is lined with shops, pubs, and restaurants and is a popular destination for both tourists and locals alike.

 

The next stop on our tour is lovely St. Helen’s Square, which is the site of one of the most elegant Mansion House Yorkbuildings in York, Mansion House.  When I visited, Mansion House had beautiful trees of petunias standing in front of it, so I couldn’t help but stop and smell the flowers.  In England, a “mansion house” is home of the city’s Lord Mayor.  Completed in 1732, York’s Mansion House is the oldest in England, making it twenty years older than even London’s equivalent.  The Lord Mayor of York, who is also Chairman of the City Council, is appointed by that council each year and serves as the city’s civic head and its first citizen.  So why are we stopping at an 18th century structure on a tour of medieval York?  Well, since York’s first Lord Mayor was appointed by King Richard II in 1389, the Lord Mayor is second in precedence only to the Lord Mayor of London.  So the Lord Mayor of York would have presided over the city in medieval times.  In addition, York’s Mansion House is open to the public and features period furnishings, one of the largest collections of city-owned silver in England, and a display of civic regalia, including a sword once owned by a medieval Holy Roman Emperor.  That’s what makes Mansion House a worthy stop on our tour of medieval York!

 

So we’ve seen a medieval city walls, a towering cathedral, a street straight of the Middle Ages, and some medieval weaponry.  Let’s finish off our tour of medieval York with a castle, albeit one with a rather tragic past.  Clifford’s Tower, the keep of York Castle, has a dark and sad history.  In 1190, a group of 150 Jews were offered the official protection ofClifford’s Tower York the king against a mob of violent anti-Semitic riots sweeping through England.  A group of local gentry, who owed large debts to Jewish money-lenders, saw widespread rioting against Jews as an opportunity to rid themselves of their debtors.  Fearing betrayal, the Jews locked out the royal constable, who summoned knights and siege engines to open the tower by force. A local monk, who was inciting the mob gathered outside, was accidentally killed by a falling rock.  This event further enraged the crowd, who increasingly called out for Jewish blood. Faced with the fear of being killed by the mob or being forced to be baptised, most of the 150 Jews inside committed suicide and then set fire to the keep, which was wooden at the time.  A few Jews who did not take their own lives died in the fire, and the remaining were killed by the mob. An investigation, ordered by the king, was later held, and the city was forced to pay a heavy fine. However no people were ever tried or punished for the horrific crimes.  The tower was rebuilt out of stone and used as a jail until an explosion destroyed the interior in the 17th century. The ruins became a tourist attraction and are managed today by English Heritage. In 1978, a memorial tablet was installed at the base of the tower to remember those that died there, and in 1990, the 800th anniversary of the pogrom was held on site.

 

While you’re at Clifford’s Tower, I highly recommend visiting the York Castle Museum.  Located on the site of a former York Castle Museumcastle, the museum is located inside of an 18th century prison that once held both male and female prisoners.   If you purchase tickets to the museum you can tour (for free) a section of the original prison cells and what learn what life was like there for some York Castle Museumrather infamous inmates.  The museum itself contains many fascinating and regularly changing exhibits.  The main attraction for me was Kirkgate, an entire Victorian street that has been recreated inside the museum.  You can wander in and out of each of the shops along the street.  Each shop is based on an actual business in York, some of which are still in operation today!  Some of shops include Banks Music, Sessions Printers, Cooper’s Saddlers, Horsley’s Gunsmith, Cooke’s Scientific Instruments, Edward Allen Taxidermist, The Little Dust Pan Ironmongers, Kendrick’s Toy Dealers and Fancy Repository, George Britton’s Grocers, and John Saville the Pharmaceutical Chemist.  You’ll also wander into an alleyway known as Rowntree Snicket which shows us the poverty of Victorian cities and a working class family’s home.  While exploring the street, you might run into one of many Victorian characters who can tell you more about their lives or catch the Magic Lantern Show.  York Castle Museum is one of my favorite museums in the world, and therefore, I consider it a “must” to any trip to the city.

 

Locations in York

I’ve created a clickable map with all of the destinations mentioned on our tour.  Click on the map below and then click on the marker for each location to get detailed walking or driving directions to it.  York is a very walkable city, so I’d recommend plotting out a route by using the map and then hoofing it, like I did.  Clifford’s Tower and York Castle Museum are a bit of a distance away from the other sites, so you might want to see those on a different day, use public transportation, or hail a taxi to reach them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haddon Hall: The Finest Example of a Medieval and Tudor Manor House in Britain

If you’re looking to see the best preserved example of an English medieval and Tudor home, head to the spectacular Haddon Hall.  Haddon has been a fortified manor house whose walls were first raised up in 1195, but most of the battlements and towers were built in the late 14th century to be fashionable rather than to keep out attackers.   Haddon was added onto in the early and late 1500’s, but the family deserted the home and left it uninhabited for over 200 years! In the 1920’s the 9th DuHaddon Hallke realized the historical and architectural importance of Haddon and began restoration work that continues today.  The Manners Family, who has owned Haddon Hall since 1584, continue to live there but welcome visitors, like you and me, to explore their dreamy medieval home.

We were there on a very rain and overcast day, so most of my photos didn’t come out as well as I would have liked.Haddon Hall  Walking through the Northwest Tower and into the courtyard of Haddon Hall, I got goose pimples because I felt like I had just stepped back in time.  Off of the flowering vine and ivy covered courtyard, there are many rooms to explore, but we began our self-guided tour in the great hall, which in medieval and Tudor times, was the main communal living space.  In those days, the only private bedroom, located above the main hall and usually called a solar, would have belonged to the lord and lady, so everyone else would have slept on the floor in the main hall or in the kitchens.  Today, Haddon’s great hall is called the Banqueting Hall. Picture a huge table and fireplace, mounted horns of hunted animals, furs on the floor, tapestries on the walls, and a minstrel’s gallery above. Another interesting room is the long gallery, which was built in Elizabethan times to allow the family to walk along its long length Haddon Hallin order to exercise when the weather was poor.  Long galleries were also used to play games and to hold balls. Haddon’s long gallery overlooks the gorgeous Elizabethan knot garden which would have been planted with herbs and flowers that have medicinal purposes. Today, Haddon’s other gardens are planted in the Renaissance style on a series of terraces that descend down to the River Wye. They’re an ideal place for a fairytale wedding!  Speaking of weddings, I imagine Haddon’s chapel has seen a fair share of them in its long history! Originally built in the 12th century and widened in the 1500’s, the chapel is dedicated to St. Nicholas and still Haddon Hallfunctions as the local church of one of the smallest parishes in England. The chapel’s walls contain rare examples of medieval frescoes depicting the lives of St. Nicholas, St. Christopher, and St. Anne and of three skeletons that were part of a lesson on vanity.   During the Protestant Reformation, almost all church frescoes like these were destroyed, but the ones in Haddon’s chapel were whitewashed over and then, later, carefully uncovered and restored in the early 20th century. Although the historian in me was intrigued by the chapel, my favorite part of Haddon Hall was its kitchens. Haddon Hall also has some of the best preserved, intact Tudor kitchen in all of England. Built in the 1300’s, the kitchen is actually a small complex of rooms including a main kitchen with a medieval water boiler and water trough system, great fireplace, and a 16th century carving table, a milk larder with 15th century cupboards that are considered the best preserved in the world, and a butchery with a 15th century trough for salting meat and 17th century game-hanging racks.  I love places like the Tudor kitchens at Haddon because they allow us to have a glimpse into the lives of people in the past and to see how they did everyday things like preserve foods, cook, and bake. History can’t get more real and down-to-earth than that!

Location of Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall is located in the village of Blakewell in the country of Derbyshire in England.  It’s approximately 1.5 hours outside of the city of Manchester.  For specific directions, click on the map below.   Haddon Hall is open seasonally, so be sure to check the hours on their website before going.

If you’ll also be visiting Chatsworth House and Estate, Haddon Hall makes a convenient side trip, as it’s only 20 minutes from Chatsworth.  We combined both into a lovely day out.  For more on Chatsworth, see my post “Chatsworth House: An Opulent Day Out in Derbyshire”.

 

 

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