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  • National Trust
  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Historic House, £3.50-£7

NATIONAL TRUST

Melford Hall (National Trust)

Melford Hall (National Trust)

Contact

The House Manager

01787 379228

Address

Long Melford,
Sudbury,
Suffolk,
CO10 9AA

Details

For over two centuries Melford Hall has been the much loved family home of the Hyde Parkers. This unassuming mellow brick mansion is full of surprises with modern family photographs side-by-side with Tudor portraits. We have lots of stories to share about family life and about visits from the Hyde Parker's cousin Beatrix Potter - you can even see the original Jemima Puddleduck toy that she gave to them. The Hyde Parkers are a naval family and there are lots of items around the house linked with their naval adventures and interests - including a ship's bell which can be rung. There are also fine collections of porcelain and furniture, including a very special year-going clock.

This remarkable home has seen its fair share of drama over the years - from the visit by Queen Elizabeth I in 1578, to Civil War unrest and then tragedy during World War Two when the North Wing was burnt down. However, Melford has always been loved, and has been nurtured back to life as the home it is today.

The garden at Melford is the perfect place to relax on a summer's afternoon - there are lots of hidden corners where you can sit and watch the world go by. The seventeenth century banqueting house is an unexpected gem, and for those that enjoy walking there is the mile long Park Walk that has lovely views back towards the house.

We welcome you to Melford, just as we have warmly welcomed our many visitors over the centuries.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopNational Trust PropertyOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberSpanish signs/guidesWheelchairs availableAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

We have recently improved our gatehouse gift shop, plants sales area and visitor reception. We have also improved the facilities offered in our small Tea Room. Please note that the Tea Room is situated inside the North Wing of the house and only seats c. 28 people at any one time, but there is extra seating in the Park room.

Opening details

Last admission 4.30pm.

Prices

Gift Aid admission - House and Garden: adult £8.30, child £4.15, family £20.75. Garden only: adult £4.10, child £2.05, family £10.25. Groups (15+ booking essential): £7.10.

Location

Directions

See location of Melford Hall on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TL 866461  Lat: 52.08184 Long: 0.72247

By Road:
In Long Melford, off A134, 14 miles south of Bury St Edmunds, and 3 miles north of Sudbury. Hall is situated on the Green at the Church (Bury St Edmunds) end of the village.
Disabled drop off point at the front of the house. Parking 200 yards.

By Public Transport:
Nearest Train Station: Sudbury. Bus: Mon-Sat from Sudbury; Chambers 753, Mon-Sat Bury St Edmunds-Colchester; Network Colchester 90C, Sun Haverhill.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 3 miles from Sudbury station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • National Trust PropertyNational Trust Property
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Spanish signs/guidesSpanish signs/guides
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired

We have recently improved our gatehouse gift shop, plants sales area and visitor reception. We have also improved the facilities offered in our small Tea Room. Please note that the Tea Room is situated inside the North Wing of the house and only seats c. 28 people at any one time, but there is extra seating in the Park room.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesVisitor information available in audio format

General

  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesWheelchairs provided
    • YesFree
  • YesAudible alarm system

Entrance

  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 2
      Number of steps to entrance
  • YesRamp to entrance
  • YesEntrance is well lit

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children

Notes

  • All rooms have room stewards who are there to help assist vistors around the property.