Glemham Hall: The Elizabethan Stately Home Between Our Two Barges

A stately home in Suffolk

Last Updated on March 9, 2023

If you go down to one of our Barges for Rent today, you’re in for a historic surprise. Specifically, you’ll be ten minutes from Glemham Hall, an Elizabethan stately home set inside of 300 acres of parkland. With house tours allowing the public to investigate the rumours of its haunted staircase, and the gardens of this red brick mansion being open to the public, Glemham also plays host to an annual folk festival that makes it a fantastic spot to discover when in Suffolk.

Built around 1560 by the De Glemhams, a family that prospered greatly in the Tudor period, the hall was passed down through plenty of generations before being sold in the early 18th century to Francis North, the 2nd Baron Guilford. Under the tenure of the North family, Glemham underwent significant major structural changes that brought it into the modern day – by which we mean the Georgian period, obviously. Traces of this structural upgrade can still be found when gazing at the Hall’s facade today.    

At the end of the century, plans for the park were drawn up by Humphry Repton, a man widely considered to be the “last great English landscape designer of the 18th century”. Showcasing his extraordinary ability to create a memorable environment, the parkland remains one of the most impressive places to gather in Suffolk.  

When it comes to experiencing the house and gardens for yourself, you can either book a guided tour or attend one of the many events that take place at Glemham Hall each year. Perhaps the most exciting of these events is the annual FolkEast festival that takes place across three days in August. From standout folk acts to workshops and a unique Art Arcade, FolkEast has become one of the most unmissable events on the Suffolk calendar. 

To visit Glemham Hall as part of your holiday, or to enjoy the festival, be sure to take a look at our Barges for rent now to view our current availability.