Explore the garden and park at Melford Hall
Enjoy a breath of fresh country air at Melford Hall, whether you enjoy a gentle stroll through the garden or a brisk walk in the park. Discover the colours, scents and sights of the seasonal planting throughout the garden and the parkland that surrounds it.
The West Garden
This part of the garden is dominated by the Banqueting House that was built by Sir Thomas Savage to entertain his most favoured guests. At the other end of the garden, we have the crinkle-crankle wall, originally built in 1739 but rebuilt after the gales of 1987. There are a number of specimen trees to admire, such as the Oriental plane and the Judas trees.
In the lawn is Lady Ulla’s pond, which is being renovated and will be a reflecting pond. It provides a habitat for great crested newts and other amphibians, which we're carefully managing to ensure that they can thrive.
There are herbaceous borders by the west wall, along with a 100-year-old wisteria that will be in full bloom in May.
Lord Somerset's Residence
In the north-east corner is ‘Lord Somerset’s Residence’, a quiet woodland corner planted with a variety of shade-loving plants. The woodland supports a variety of wildlife and is a favourite spot to look for insects or catch a glimpse of smaller garden birds.
Look out for the avenue of yew trees that runs from the banqueting house down to a large, planted urn. Down in the moat, you'll find espaliered fruit trees and a flower border of irises.
After exploring the garden, the north lawn is an ideal place to enjoy a cup of tea while admiring the view of the wider estate and parkland, where cattle and sheep graze.
Melford Hall is surrounded by a deer park that was created by Sir John Savage in 1613. There's a short walk that will enable you to take in the splendours of the park. Pick up a map from the visitor entrance, which will guide you from the start at the northern end of the car park.
As you walk up the hill, you'll have views of the north and east facades of this much-loved home, which has been standing for close to 500 years.
At the top of the hill, look out for two local landmarks, which many villagers view as the sign that they’ve arrived home. On your right is the Cedar of Lebanon tree, which stands proud and dominant in the landscape. As you turn left along the fence line, you’ll see the tower of the 15th-century church, which contains one of the finest collections of medieval stained glass in the country.
Explore Melford Hall, which was ravaged by fire in 1942 and brought back to life as a much-loved home to the family who have lived here for over 300 years.
The tea-room at Melford Hall in Suffolk is the ideal place to treat yourself to a cuppa and a tasty treat before, during or after your visit.
Walks, picnics and discovering Beatrix Potter stories in the house are just some of the things you can do on a family day out at Melford Hall.
Explore the history of Melford Hall and trace its evolution through the centuries, from its ownership by Benedictine monks to its royal connections and visits by Beatrix Potter.
Book a group visit to Melford Hall in advance and you can enjoy benefits including group rates and a personal welcome from one of the team. Find out how to book and more.
Want to help make sure that visitors have the best possible visit to Melford Hall? Find out what’s involved in being a volunteer and how you can apply to join the team.
From 18th-century water gardens and Arts and Crafts landscapes to intimate woodland gardens, there are so many places to discover.