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  • Norfolk Tourist Attractions Association member
  • Historic Houses Association Member

Film/TV Location

Kentwell Hall and Gardens

Kentwell Hall and Gardens


Other major filming has included the acclaimed BBC serial of The Woman in White which Kentwell provided a stunning 14 locations. These included Hamstead Heath, a Belgravia mansion and a Somerset solicitor's office among other places as well as the principal house of the series. The BBC decorated several rooms in the house for filming and their choice of wallpaper for Billiard Room and Library survives.

The next major film was Terry Jones's The Wind in the Willows and this had everything: the House covered in 'snow' in the hottest August in memory, a new front porch, the Courtyard Maze lost beneath a fountain (and gravel); a terrible thunderstorm with lightening and torrential rain; and an early aircraft flying the Hall.

Kentwell has more often been used anaonymously in recent years when 'doubling' for other locations, such as the Tower of London, Greenwich Palace, Raglan Castle and many lesser places. Film-makers value Kentwell for this as Kentwell is seldom recognized in all its guises and they can return again and again to use the same rooms for different purposes (often in the same film).

Kentwell is an unspoilt location. Little post 16th C intrudes. No TV aerials, telegraph poles, traffic (the nearest main road about a mile away), few aircraft overhead. It has rooms of several periods with its early rooms of 1500 to 1550 particularly useful. No electricty or later intrusions blight them.

Kentwell also has a vast collection of early artefacts so that these rooms can always be correctly dressed for an early period. Kentwell also has Gardens and Grounds offering great potential for just about any period from medieval onwards. It offers unmade up lengthy roads and tracks with no modern contradictions visible.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitalityHelicopter landing

Open house & gardens. Re-creations (Tudor, Through the Ages, WWI), musical & family events held throughout the year. Tours & Groups welcome. A stunning venue for weddings, corporate hospitality and team building.

Opening details

To discuss filming or a photo shoot please contact Kentwell on 01787 310207 to discuss your requirements.

Also at this Venue

Events at this Venue

date event
Wed 2 Oct - Sat 2 Nov Scaresville - The Haunted Village
Sat 19 - Sun 27 Oct Halloween Family Festival
Sat 7 Dec Dickensian Christmas
Sun 8 Dec Dickensian Christmas
Sat 14 Dec Dickensian Christmas
Sun 15 Dec Dickensian Christmas


Long Melford,
CO10 9BA


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Map reference: TL 863479  Lat: 52.09844 Long: 0.71892

Kentwell Hall is situated just outside the village of Long Melford on the A134.

Kentwell Hall is just under an hour from Cambridge (A14), one hour 45 minutes from London, 20 minutes from Bury St Edmunds (A134) and 7 minutes Sudbury.

London Stansted Airport is 45 minutes away and Harwich International Ferry Terminal is approx 1 hour's drive.

The nearest train station is Sudbury, Suffolk.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • 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
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Helicopter landingHelicopter landing

Open house & gardens. Re-creations (Tudor, Through the Ages, WWI), musical & family events held throughout the year. Tours & Groups welcome. A stunning venue for weddings, corporate hospitality and team building.