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Historic House:South Elmham Hall

Historic House, free entry

South Elmham Hall

South Elmham Hall

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South Elmham Minster was featured recently in "Britain's Best Wild Places". Like its counterpart in Norfolk at North Elmham it was probably built in the 11th century by the first Bishop of Norwich. However the true origins of this romantic and enigmatic ruin lie in the much earlier myth and legend of a Dark Age Britain. The Minster is located within an ancient landscape, once a medieval deer park, it is now only accessible on way-marked trails through meadows and along ancient hedged lanes a short walk from the Hall. Further walks are available around the farm which has won awards for conservation and wildlife management, a map is available for visitors.
South Elmham Hall in its three acre moated enclosure with a ruined gatehouse was once a Bishops hunting lodge visited by Kings. Now a family home there are guided tours of the Hall and grounds telling the story of its long history and viewing the medieval architecture including 13th century wall paintings.
Batemans Barn in the grounds of the Hall has a fully licensed restaurant and bar using organic ingredients from the farm creating delicious seasonal menus together with a full range of soft drinks, Italian coffees and the essential pot of tea and slice of homemade cake, a welcome end to a day spent roaming and exploring the peaceful corner of Suffolk. The barn courtyard has an interpretive display of the sites history, there is ample car parking, loos and wheelchair access to barn complex.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Facilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsOn-site cateringPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesGuided tours for groupsGuided tours mandatorySmoking not allowedWedding receptions

Visit England 5 star B&B accommodation, with a silver award, and Breakfast award

Opening details

Minster & Walks- Open All Year
Hall - May 1st - Sept 30th Guided tour Thurs 2.00 pm, Sundays & Bank Holidays 3.00pm.
Restaurant - Sundays all Year, Thursdays & Fridays May1st - October 30th. (Not open Saturdays).


Free entry

Walks & Minster - Free
House Tour - £6.50 per adult
Groups 15 or more -£4.50 per person


St Cross,
South Elmham,
IP20 0PZ


See location of South Elmham Hall on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TM 299839  Lat: 52.40515 Long: 1.37987

By Road:
Take the A143 then the B1062 signposted Flixton then follow brown and white tourist signs.

By Public Transport:
From Halesworth station it is 10 miles to South Elmham Hall.


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Guided tours mandatoryGuided tours mandatory
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Wedding receptionsWedding receptions

Visit England 5 star B&B accommodation, with a silver award, and Breakfast award