Ingatestone Hall

Type:Historic House / Palace

Hall Lane, Ingatestone, Essex, CM4 9NR

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16th Century manor house built by Sir William Petre, Secretary of State to four Tudor monarchs, and still occupied by his descendants. The house substantially retains its original form and appearance (including 2 priests hiding places) and contains furniture, pictures and memorabilia accumulated over the centuries.

The Hall stands in open countryside, one mile from the village of Ingatestone and substantially retains its original Tudor form and appearance with its mullioned windows, high chimneys, crow-step gables and oak-panelled rooms and is surrounded by ten acres of enclosed gardens comprising extensive lawns, walled garden and stew pond.

You will be welcome to enjoy an afternoon, on one of our normal opening days, touring the eight principal rooms on display in the house or exploring the extensive grounds. Alternatively, you may prefer to bring a group for a private guided tour (which must be pre-booked) at some other time.

The house and grounds can also be made available for a wide variety of social and commercial events – weddings, receptions, dinners, concerts and plays, fairs and trade promotions as well as being regularly used for film and TV locations. Notable credits in this regard include Lovejoy, BBC TV’s Bleak House, Horrible Histories and episodes of The Windsors and The Crown.

No photography in house. Suitablity for the Disabled: Partial. WCs. Guided Tours: By arrangement. Suitability for Dogs: Guide dogs only.

Guide Prices

Adult £8.50; Child £4; Conc. £7.50. Under 5 yrs old Free
(£1 per head discount for parties of 20+ booked in advance)


Road Directions

A12 to Ingatestone village. From the London end of the High Street, take Station Lane. Go over the level crossing and continue for 0.5 mile. Designated parking is about 200 yards from the house

Public Transport Directions

Three quarters of a mile to Ingatestone Railway Station.  One mile to the bus stop (351 service between Chelmsford and Brentwood)



  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


  • Café
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Refreshments Available

Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Event venue
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Wedding Venue

Parking & Transport

  • Parking
  • Parking (free)

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Guided tours by arrangement


Opening Times

Season (17 Apr 2022 - 28 Sept 2022)

* Sundays, Wednesdays and Bank Holiday Mondays from Easter Sunday to the end of September. Noon – 5 p.m.
Guided tours for pre-booked groups available at all other times.
For other Special Events, see our website


  • Other Awards Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme 2017
  • Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2017

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