Harvington Hall is a medieval and Elizabethan moated manor house. It was built in the 1590’s by Humphrey Pakington who was a recusant Catholic, at a time when the country was protestant under Queen Elizabeth I.
Throughout those troubled times, Humphrey and his family continued to celebrate Mass and needed hiding places to secrete the priest should the house suddenly be searched by troops. There are still seven hiding places in existence at the Hall, the greatest series of any in the country, and it is to see these and the rare Elizabethan wall paintings that visitors flock to Harvington Hall today.
There are also four chapels, two in the Hall, one in the grounds and one across the car park, three of which are still used today for services.
The small charming gardens are surrounded by a moat with abundant wildlife. There is also a small herb garden, planted and managed by the Hereford and Worcester Garden’s Trust, which has the initials of the three families who lived in the Hall, the Pakingtons, the Yates and the Thockmortons.
There is free parking, a gift shop and tearoom.
Throughout the year, there are special events such as living history, outdoor plays and concerts – a leaflet is available from 01562 777846.
- Accepts groups
- Baby changing facilities
- Children welcome
- Coach parties accepted
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- Disabled toilets
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
- Facilities for educational visits
- Facilities for groups
- French signs/guides
- German signs/guides
- Gift shop
- Italian signs/guides
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Public toilets
- Smoking not allowed
- Spanish signs/guides