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Haden Hill House Museum and Haden Old Hall

Haden Hill House is now open for a series of open days this autumn and winter but things are a little different to usual. Find out about our autumn and winter open days.

We are running a series of safe autumn and winter activities for all ages, from school holiday fun, spooky activities for all ages, winter wonder and festive fun. - some activities require pre-booking. Find out more.

We're still here! - Sandwell Museums continues to provide a lively programme of events, interactive activities, things to get involved with, blogs, object showcases, videos, blogs, talks etc on our social media platforms so follow us on facebook, twitter and Instagram @sandwellmuseums

Learning from Home  - We have created a new website with lessons, activities and resources to support teachers and parents. We'll be adding more activities over the coming weeks.

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.

Haden Hill House and Hall in Haden Hill Park

Haden Hill House. George Alfred Haden Haden Best inherited the estate in 1878 and work began on his new house soon after, although it was probably 1879 by the time he moved in. George Alfred did not wish to live in the Old Hall next door (pictured above) where he grew up with his sisters, aunt and uncle and decided to build a modern house on the site of an old farmhouse behind the Old Hall. Haden Hill House is furnished in period style and boasts some fantastic original features. There is also 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 almost 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 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.

Find out more.

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

Check out our YouTube channel -  with videos about our sites, our objects, activities to enjoy and more

You can find out more about the family who lived at Haden Hill House museum through our Best's Angels website.

Well I never knew that! - Museum musings

Find out behind the scenes information, history stories and information with our museum blog. 




Haden Old Hall opening times.

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.

What's on - events and activities

Events, Activities and Exhibitions -Find out what's on click the link

Curator Jo Loki in the Evidence Room at Haden Hill House Museum with 'Alice Cookin' and 'Bertha Emma Bryant'

In the picture

Enjoy pictures of Haden Hill House and Old Hall on our Flikr album.

Enjoy pictures of events and activities on site at Haden Hill

Meet the family - Enjoy photos from around 1900 of Haden Hill House and the family

Museums for schools

Find out about our exciting programme of activities for schools across the curriculum and topic areas.

Colley Lane Primary School pupils at Haden Hill House


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.

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

Dogs - Assistance dogs only inside the building.

Contact us

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

If you are looking to make a booking, you will need to call the museum on 01384 569 444.

Finding us:

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.

Parking - 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. Parking is free

There is a platform lift to the first floor, and disabled toilets are available. Guide dogs are welcome.

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.

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.

Access information

Water safety

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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