Haden Hill House Museum and Haden Old Hall
Haden Hill House Museum in Cradley Heath is a late Victorian gentleman's residence furnished in period style, surrounded by 55 acres of award winning parkland.
The House was built in 1878 by George Alfred Haden Haden-Best who did not wish to live in the Old Hall next door (pictured above) where he grew up with his sisters, aunt and uncle. Haden Hill House has plenty to entertain younger visitors too and the museum has a lively programme of events and activities for all ages as well as a popular selection of activities for schools.
Haden Old Hall is semi-detached to the Victorian house. It is often known as the 'Tudor Hall' but it is neither Tudor or a Hall! The name Hall would suggest a medieval origin as medieval manor houses were called halls, even if the buildings were rebuilt later and simply retained the name. However we know that Haden Hall or any earlier building on site was not a manor house or home of a lord of the manor. The Hall was probably originally built around the late 1600s as the home of the; a moderately wealthy farming family. We know they were buying up pockets of land locally to rent out. The Haden family were part of the 'middling sort', wealthy but not rich. In the late 1600s they began to call themselves gentlemen as the family wealth and status grew. Architectural evidence suggests that the hall was later split into two farm dwellings. By the time Mr Haden-Best inherited in the 1870s he wished to build a new house to live in. The Old Hall has been rebuilt and restored many times over its lifetime and what you see today is largely a copy of the building which once stood there. We don't know how much of the historic fabric remains.
We believe Mr Haden-Best intended to eventually demolish the old hall and build an extension to the Victorian house in its place, but this never happened.
Although the Victorian house is furnished as a museum with Victorian objects, Haden Old Hall is now largely a shell with some furniture and interpretation after it was damaged by fire and partly restored.
Watch our mini-documentaries.
You can find out more about Haden Hill House, Haden Old Hall and Haden Hill Park in one of our 15-20 minutes videos; put together by museum service staff and the Friends of Haden Hill Estate.
Haden Old Hall video - When is a Tudor Hall not a Tudor Hall? Find out more about the history of Haden Old Hall with our mini-documentary video. 18 mins
Haden Hill House video - Discover our fabulous Victorian building. 9 minutes
Haden Hill Park - Find out more about the history of Haden Hill Park and discover hundreds of years of landscape history. 18 mins
Haden Hill House
Please note that these are times when we are open to general/casual visitors. We are available for special events and activities, school bookings, tours, projects and weddings at other times.
Entrance: Entry is free apart from specific events and activities where an admission charge is stated.
NB: during school holidays, family activities take presidence so some rooms may be closed or have restricted access and the site will be busy with families during the week. Check out our what's on page to make the most of your visit.
Easter or the beginning of April (whichever comes first) to the end of September
- Thursday and Friday 10am - 5pm (closed Good Friday)
- Saturday and Sunday 2pm - 6pm
- for bank holiday Monday opening visit our what's on events and activities listings page.
October and November
- Thursday and Friday 12noon - 4pm
- Sundays 11-3pm
End of November to Easter
Closed to the general public apart from special events, activities and pre-booked groups. Look out for our packed Christmas programme of events and activities and February half term holiday fun. January - closed to all visitors and groups for our deep clean and planning.
Haden Old Hall
Haden Old Hall is open for special events, activities and open days throughout the year. Call the house for more information on next open days or click our what's on page.
Events, Activities and Exhibitions
Find out what's on click the link
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Visit Haden Hill House
Our address is: Haden Hill House, Halesowen Road, Cradley Heath B64 7JU however entrance to the site is via Barrs Rd
Call: 01384 569444 - (please note that staff are available to take phone calls on days where we are open to the public, however they may also be available at other times, but you can leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as someone is available).
email us - For general queries about Sandwell Museums you can e-mail us but please note that information about opening times and links to our events listings page can be found above This is a general email for all our museums so please state the museum you are interested in- email email@example.com
If you are looking to make a booking, you will need to call the museum on 01384 569 444.
The best way to get to the house is from Barrs Road. From Halesowen Road turn onto Barrs Rd and pass the leisure centre on your left, and turn into Lee Road on the brow of the hill. The car park is straight ahead, but disabled visitors can turn left into the drive to the rear of the house where disabled parking is situated near the rear disabled entrance. There is some parking for general visitors here too.
There is a platform lift to the first floor, and disabled toilets are available. Guide dogs are welcome.
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Find out more.
- We have a wide variety of events, exhibitions and activities throughout the year so Find out what's on with our activities listings.
- check out the new Discover Sandwell website which gives information about what to do and see and what's on in Sandwell. This site is being developed all the time.
- Keep up to date with us by liking our Facebook page
- Or follow us on Twitter @sandwellmuseums
- There is 'More to Museums' - Find out what groups or activities are available for adults to enjoy or get involved with. You can paint, garden, make cakes, serve in our tearoom, research, fund raise, join classes or talks and much more.
Museums for schools
Find out about our exciting programme of activities for schools across the curriculum and topic areas.
In May 2015, Haden Hill House Museum secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, to develop a twelve-month project called Best’s Angels.
Best’s Angels is an investigation into two local girls Alice Cockin and Emily Bryant who grew up in the house (1880s-1921) under the guardianship of George Alfred Haden-Best.
Until now evidence has been scarce on the lives of this unconventional family. However, a treasure trove of photographic material has newly emerged and inspired a fresh investigation into the only family to ever occupy the house.
Focusing on Alice Cockin and Emily Bryant, the project seeks to explore, uncover and connect their story: a process that will be shared with the public through new exhibition pieces, talks, projects with schools and community groups and an online resource.
The museum will be working with visual artist and curator JO LÖKI who has a passion for history and a creative approach to sharing stories that help us engage with our heritage.
Haden Hill House Museum would like to hear from anyone with information to share. Please contact details below or call us on 01384 569 444.
Our Oak room is licensed for civil ceremonies for small weddings up to 36 guests. Find out more about booking a wedding at Haden Hill House.
Become a friend
Why not join our lively friends group, who get involved with running events, raising money, volunteering and supporting the work of Sandwell Museums. Find out more at their website.
Other information for visitors
- The tearoom offers freshly made hot drinks and snacks for special events and advertised weekends during the summer high season only. At other times a vending machine is available during normal opening hours.
- Please note that we can't allow pushchairs into the building particularly on event days and at busy times due to the volume of visitors.
- The house has a programme of temporary exhibitions.
- A lift is available for disabled visitors to allow access to the first floor.
- Disabled access is at the rear of the house.
- Opening times may vary for special events.
- Last admission to the museum is half an hour before the museum closes.
- Entrance to the house is usually free, but there is sometimes a small charge for special events and activities.
- Find out more about accessibility of the building with our access statement.
Visit our small souvenir shop near reception, where there are a range of items including greeting cards, local history publications, gifts and toys. Ice creams are also available on reception
There is a vending machine within the house which provides quality hot and cold drinks, and for special events we employ a catering service for drinks, light lunches, cakes and so on.
There is open water close to this site. For water safety advice please read the Water Safety Information from the ROSPA website.
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