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Discover the stories behind this eclectic home.

It’s fair to say that Melford Hall has had its share of trials and tribulations, but it’s thanks to many generations from medieval monks to the Hyde Parker family who still live here, that this home still stands.

Around every corner there’s a new twist in the story – from Beatrix Potter sketches to collections of naval paintings and Chinese porcelain – everything tells a story and everyone has left their mark.

Devastated by fire in 1942, it was nurtured back to life by the Hyde Parker family and it remains their much loved family home to this day. It is their stories of family life at Melford – from visits by their cousin Beatrix Potter through to our visitors today that make this house more than bricks and mortar.

Stephanie Hyde Parker's scrapbook

Stephanie Hyde Parker’s scrapbook 

Stephanie Hyde Parker’s scrapbook

In November 1913 Stephanie Hyde Parker was given a red leather bound scrapbook by her parents. She used this to record the places she went and the people she met as she entered the world of a debutante.

Follow her steps in polite society as recounted in words and pictures in her scrapbook..

Sir Thomas Savage

Sir Thomas Savage

Read the story of how the perseverance and serendipity of our volunteers found an unknown portrait of Sir Thomas Savage and brought him home to Melford Hall.

Plan your visit to Melford Hall

East Anglian Jaguar Drivers' Day

Jaguar arriving at Melford Hall in Suffolk 

Sunday 23 August, 12-5pm

Area 29 the Suffolk group of the Jaguar Drivers’ Club are holding their annual East Anglian Jaguar day at Melford Hall this year. Come and view an array of vintage and modern Jaguars on display at the front of the Hall. Our visitors will also be able vote for their favourite cars in different categories.
Free event, normal admission applies

Children's Games day

Playing hopscotch in the garden at Melford Hall © Philip Windsor

Monday 31 August, 1.15-5pm

An afternoon of fun and entertainment for all the family. Take part in the wide variety of outdoor games and activities. Relax in our enchanting Banqueting House or in the shade of the trees in as you listen to the magical adventures of Peter Rabbit and his friends as written by Beatrix Potter and narrated by one of our story tellers. Enjoy the views whist taking afternoon tea on the lawn and using our story bags. Definitely something for everyone.
Free event (garden admission applies)

The Autumn Fair

Autumn Fair at Melford Hall © NT Images

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September, 10.30pm - 4.30pm
This is an opportunity to meet a range of craftsmen and purchase that special item to give your home a unique feature or to buy a gift for those special friends. Many exhibitors are  offering a range of products from art to kitchenware, natural toiletries to jewellery, as well as garden plants and ornaments. 

Garden admission applies

Melford in a different light

The library, Melford Hall in the evening © National Trust/Amy Howe

Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November 12-5pm

As the clocks go back across the UK, Melford Hall transports you into another dimension. Join us for a unique opportunity to see Melford as guests would see it in the evening. Taster tours will be offered in the house before full opening 1pm. All the rest of the property will be open from 12 noon.

Normal admission applies.