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South Elmham Hall and Minster, Harleston

South Elmham Hall and Minster

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Fax: +44 (0)1986 782 203

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South Elmham Hall dates back to the 13th century, and was built by the Bishops of Norwich who "held" the South Elmham villages at Domesday as part of their ancient Saxon estates. They came here to hunt deer in the park that surrounded the Hall, and to entertain the rich and powerful including royalty. Whilst residing at South Elmham the bishops held courts and a famous heretic - William Sawtry - was tried in what was a first floor Great Hall in 1399.  In 1540 the Hall was acquired from Henry VIII by Edward, Lord North, and has been in private ownership since. The  3.5 acres of grounds surrounded by a great moat were originally full of buildings including a chapel and cloisters. There are waymarked walks around the 450 acre historic landscape, full of hedges, ancient trees, wildlife and some very pretty cows.

The house was restored in 1987 and many old features were discovered including medieval archways, fireplaces and the 13th century wall paintings.
Full details of the walks can be found on our sister site - Bateman's Barn.

Bateman's Barn - is a visitors centre opening in a converted historic barn for private hire for weddings, parties or business meetings. A Restaurant and Cafe serves delicious snacks and lunches on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays from Easter to the end of October.

The restaurant is open on Sundays throughout the winter serving the renowned South Elmham brunches as well as delicous freshly prepared meals with locally sourced ingredients.

South Elmham Hall and Minster, Harleston

• Historic House
• Gardens
•Tea Room, Picnic Area
• Car Park
• Private Tours Available
• School Tours Available
• Dogs on Leads Allowed

Weddings and Conferences
Licenced for Civil Wedding Ceremonies up to 80 people

Additional Services

Attractions Nearby
Convservation trails.

Opening Times
Guided tours of the house, gardens and the Minster are available for groups, by arrangement. The House is open for guided tours at 2pm on Thursdays and Bank Holiday Mondays from May to the end of October. Please ring or email for prices and to check dates and availability for groups.

In case of alteration, please check prices, opening times and any specific important information before booking or visiting

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