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Things to see and do in the Hall

The Painted Staircase in the Hall at Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire
The Painted Staircase in the Hall at Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire | © National Trust Images/Dennis Gilbert

Discover Hanbury Hall, a William and Mary-style country house built by wealthy lawyer Thomas Vernon in the early 18th century. Find out how to visit the house, and read about some highlights to look out for when you visit.

The Hall is open daily from 10am - 4pm, with last entries 15 minutes before closing. Both floors are open for you to explore, with tours and highlight talks led by knowledgeable volunteers on specified days. Please enquire at visitor reception on the day of your visit to find out more.

Visiting with little ones? Pick up a spotting sheet when you arrive and see if you can find curious items inside the historic rooms.

A dining room with ceiling paintings, a dining table and grand fire place at Hanbury Hall
The Dining Room at Hanbury Hall | © ©National Trust Images/ Dennis Gilbert

House highlights

Wall paintings

The crowning glory of Hanbury Hall is the magnificent painted staircase by Sir James Thornhill. The paintings were the main reason why the National Trust acquired the property, as it made Hanbury Hall stand out among other grand houses in the area.

The paintings display scenes from Greek mythology, which were particularly popular in the 17th and 18th centuries and comment on political satire of the day.

The paintings underwent major restoration in 2010, and are now conserved for the long term.


Hanbury Hall has an extensive collection of ceramics, many of which are on display throughout the historic rooms. Some of these come from Royal Worcester Porcelain, the world-renowned factory by the River Severn in Worcester, just 10 miles from Hanbury Hall.

See examples of Worcester porcelain on display in My Ladies Parlour and the Dining Room on the ground floor of the Hall.


Don’t miss the Marriage a la Mode prints by William Hogarth, a six-part series of paintings illustrating the consequences of marrying for money and status, rather than love. As son-in-law to Sir James Thornhill his style of art was radically different; Hogarth famously created conversation piece art by layering metaphors, fictional and non-fictional characters.

A visitor sits on the sofa in the Ladies Parlour at Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire, laughing with a volunteer as they listen to records on the old gramophone.
Learn more from our knowledgeable guides | © National Trust Images/John Millar
A painting by John Wootton from 1734 showing Bowater Vernon (1683-1735) in the foreground with a gun and his dogs, in the background is Hanbury Hall surrounded by formal gardens and avenues of trees.

History of Hanbury Hall 

The Vernon family built Hanbury Hall in 1701, but as fashions changed, so did the 18th-century hall and gardens. Discover the history behind Hanbury’s evolution here.

The restored parterre at Hanbury Hall, Worcestershire with neatly clipped box hedging in a geometric pattern interspersed with summer flowers. Behind the parterre the red brick exterior of the house can be seen.

The garden and parkland at Hanbury Hall 

Enjoy the gardens and parkland at Hanbury Hall. From the Walled Garden to Kytes Orchard and beyond, the outdoors at Hanbury look beautiful throughout the year.