Kirby Hall is located in Gretton, near Corby. It was once the home to Sir Christopher Hatten but is now managed by English Heritage.
When you arrive you enter via a small gift shop. Here you will be given a free map and the choice of the free audio guide.
You leave the shop and walk into a small courtyard, when we visited there was a couple of peacocks roaming round!
Follow the path straight through and you will come to the ruins. Here you can walk through what was once a picture gallery (see my Instagram reel here.)
From here you can enter what remains of the actual house. The rooms are all unfurnished apart from a few props or original pieces that were recovered on display. Each room does however provide some information on what the room would have been used for or any other relevant facts about it.
There are 4/5 rooms downstairs, then you can head upstairs to the bedrooms.
It is a shame that the rooms aren’t more furnished as I imagine they would have been very impressive back in the day!
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Once you are finished in the house you can head out to the garden. The garden is relatively simple, it only took us 10 minutes to walk around the edge.
Can you take the kids to Kirby Hall?
If you are looking for somewhere to take the kids that includes some history but they won’t get bored or have to be on best behaviour then Kirby Hall is ideal.
There is plenty of history to learn as well as plenty of space to run around. The interior of the Hall isn’t too big so it doesn’t take too long to explore. Unlike other similar sites, Kirby Hall isn’t full of loads of valuable or delicate items so no fear of your child breaking anything!
Why is Kirby Hall a ruin?
Unfortunately, Kirby Hall is now part ruin. It was abandoned in the 1800s and the building was stripped of its Iron. The Oak wainscoting was used to decorate other local houses and some of the stone was used for roads.
Is there a cafe?
No, there isn’t a cafe. However, there is a gift shop that sells a small selection of snacks and drinks. There is one set of toilets.
All up, our whole visit took us around 1 1/2 hours. On a nice day, you could take a picnic and I believe you are also allowed dogs in the gardens. The entrance fee to Kirby Hall is £9.90 for an adult and £6 for children ages 5-17 or free with an English Heritage Membership.
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