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Group visits to Melford Hall

Visitors walking down stone steps in the garden at Melford Hall, Suffolk
Visitors in the garden at Melford Hall | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Bring your group to Melford Hall for a warm welcome from the team and to discover a diverse collection and the intriguing story of this family home. Discover the benefits of visiting as a group, how to book, and more.

Booking in Advance

Group organisers are kindly reminded that their groups need to book in advance of their arrival.

Bringing your group to Melford Hall

Book in advance to bring your group to Melford Hall and you’ll be able to take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Group rates on admission prices for groups of 15 or more

  • Dedicated coach entrance 100m north of the main gatehouse

  • On-board welcome on your coach by one of our visitor reception team

  • A pre-booked talk (optional)

  • Freedom to explore the house and garden at your own pace


Take a break to enjoy light refreshments such as sandwiches, cakes, afternoon tea and a selection of hot and cold drinks in the tea-room. As there are only 30 seats inside, we recommend that you plan to visit the tea-room in small groups and pre-book two weeks in advance for a smooth visit.

How long to stay?

The average visit is around 1½ hours, but many groups choose to stay longer. You might also like to plan a visit to the Holy Trinity church (not National Trust), just across the village green.

A group of visitors listening to a talk in the Great Hall at Melford Hall, Suffolk
Visitors in the Great Hall at Melford Hall | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Free familiarisation visits for group leaders

If you're planning a group visit you can request our free Travel Trade Pass and you and a friend or colleague will gain free entry to over 300 of our places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 12 months. There’s nothing quite like seeing or experiencing somewhere for yourself to help you plan a successful visit. To receive your pass, call 0344 800 2329 or email us at

Who is eligible for free entry?

Registered tourist board guides (on production of a valid badge), coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. National Trust members also receive free entry, so it is at your discretion whether to refund the entrance fee to members if you have included it in your package – this is not refunded by the National Trust.

Members must bring their current membership cards with them to avoid paying the full group rate. If any of your group would like to join the National Trust please direct them to our Membership page or call 0344 800 1895.

Get in touch about bringing a group to Melford Hall

For more information and to book your visit, please call us on 01787 379228. We ask that you book your group visit in advance so that we can arrange a warm welcome for you. This will also allow your group to qualify for our group rate admission.

Melford Hall, Suffolk in summer

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Group visits frequently asked questions 

Visiting us with a group? Then our answers to your frequently asked questions might help with any question you may have.