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Otley Hall

Remarkable Tudor Hall with formal gardens and wild grounds.

  • 4.5

  • from 78 Google reviews

A clock tower on top of a lush green field
A clock tower on top of a lush green field

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About the garden

Otley Hall is a Moated Tudor Hall from the 15th century that is Grade I listed. Many rooms at have remained untouched for 500 years, making it the oldest home in Suffolk to have survived largely intact.

The 10-acre grounds exhibit an outstanding blend of wild and formal characteristics. With vivid borders, woodland sections, attractive water features, and references to medieval style throughout, they give visitors a genuine feast for the senses.

The H-shaped Canal and Mount were influenced by the ideas of the famed Edwardian landscape gardener, Francis Inigo Thomas. Sylvia Landsberg, garden historian and author of "The Medieval Garden," designed the lovely Elizabethan-style Knot Garden, traditional Herber, and Orchard. In 2009, a magnificent Labyrinth modelled after the one in Chartres Cathedral was also created in the grounds here.

There are an enticing variety of various settings to explore, with the added bonus of the possibility of running into one of the Hall's majestic Indian Blue or White Peacocks. Take a walk through the forested sections filled with birdsong, tour the labyrinth, or climb the grassy slope for a breathtaking view of Otley Hall's gardens.

The gardens are home to a variety of species, and conservation is a priority at Otley Hall. To conserve the natural habitats of native flora and animals, special care has been made to foster the growth of wildflowers and hedgerows, and current efforts include expanding the woody areas as woodland to sustain additional biodiversity.

How long is a typical visit?

The average visitor spends 1 - 2 hours (Quarter Day) at Otley Hall.

Otley Hall welcomes children of all ages, however the gardens feature large bodies of open water therefore adults are responsible for watching children at all times.

Most of our gardens are accessible by grass, gravel or bark paths.

Opening times

Tuesday - Friday 12PM- 5PM

Useful details

Garden area

10 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Wheelchair access

Mostly inaccessible (some paths moderately flat and paved).



Suffolk, IP6 9PA

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Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 78 Google reviews

Maureen Wheeldon

in the last week


Martha's Barn cafe is in the grounds of Otley Hall in very tranquil surroundings. Wide range of breakfast, brunch and lunch choices, mainly vegetarian. Lovely cakes, scones and sausage rolls. A thoroughly relaxing hour over a coffee. Polite, friendly, service.

Zoe George

10 months ago


Went for lunch at Martha's Barn, absolutely fab food and service. Will definitely be back!

Sarah Davey

10 months ago


Wonderful building i grew up in this village the cafe beautiful setting to meet friends & enjoy with family 😊

Mikki Longley

11 months ago


Lovely garden and excellent lunch at Martha's Barn.

sue timms

4 months ago


It was Martha's Cafe on the side of Otley Hall. Lovely cafe and such a lovely setting, variety of cakes, savouries,cooked food and the coffee was very good. Be beautiful in the summer sitting outside and then going for a stroll around the gardens (public ones that is).

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01473 890 264

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