Built in 1610, this Jacobean town house is a hidden gem located in central Bradford on Avon; the elaborate ‘more window than wall’ façade is stunning both architecturally and aesthetically, and contrasts dramatically to the rough stone facing adorning the back.
Historically significant for its connection to the industrial trade in Bradford on Avon, The Hall has had a variety of purposes over its long history including that of a family home, a storage space for wool, accommodation for factory workers, and an officer’s mess.
It’s most recent occupants, the Moulton family, were responsible for introducing vulcanised rubber to England. After purchasing The Hall Estate and neighbouring factories in 1848, Stephen Moulton and his sons sympathetically restored the declining building to its 1600s glory, as well as formalised the grounds and Stable Block to a standard reflective of their success from the rubber industry.
The last occupant at The Hall, Dr Alex Moulton (d.2012) is famously known for his engineering accomplishments, including the invention of his small-wheeled Moulton Bicycle and the innovate Hydrolastic Suspension system, which featured in BMC’s iconic Mini.
Today, The Hall and its interior remains exactly how Dr Alex Moulton left it, with stylised rooms, family memorabilia and a large collection of work, books and designs. The busy rooms offer a lived in, homely feel - as if the owner could step back inside at any time.
The Hall and Estate is now cared for by the Alex Moulton Charitable Trust and is open to the public for Open Grounds events, private tours and recently as a venue to hire for small events such as weddings.
The Hall hosts a number of original features including 17th century oak panelling and stuccoed ceilings, grand fireplaces and detailed glazing on the enormous compass windows.
The Hall’s location means there is easy access to the Cotswold town of Bradford on Avon, yet it’s position keeps the Estate hidden from sight behind a tall stone wall and fencing.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£5.00 per ticket|
|Adult (Gift Aid)||£5.50 per ticket|
|Child (under 5)||Free|
|Children (5-16 years)||£3.00 per ticket|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
|Season (1 Apr 2022 - 30 Sept 2022)|
- Picnic Site - Visitors are welcome to bring picnics to enjoy on the lawns.
Children & Infants
- Accept Children Over 3
- 1m distancing in place
- 2m distancing in place
- Advance booking essential - Not essential, but recommended
- Capacity limit - Limited availability
- Clear signage
- Contactless payment only
- Contactless payment possible
- COVID-19 risk assessment completed
- COVID-19 staff training completed
- Face mask essential (not provided) - Indoors only
- Face masks required for staff in public areas
- Floors clearly marked for social distancing
- Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
- One way system
- Online booking possible
- Online ordering available
- Outside seating
- Pets welcome during COVID-19 restrictions - Dogs on leads welcome
- Staff required to regularly wash hands
- Dog Friendly
- Dogs Accepted
- Event Venue
- Picnic Area
- Wedding Venue
- Approx length of visit - Open Gardens – 1-2 hours
- Families - Children’s trail available in the gardens
- In town/city centre
- Max group size
- Open by appointment outside normal opening times
Parking & Transport
- Parking (free) - Limited disabled parking only. Visitors to use public carparks in the town
- All major credit cards accepted
- Android pay accepted
- Apple pay accepted
- Cash accepted
- Contactless payment accepted
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Solo accepted
- Visa accepted
- Family Fun
- Marketed towards families
- Marketed towards senior citizens
- Marketed towards student/youth
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups - Small groups
- Guided Tours Available for Individuals
- Guided Tours Compulsory for Groups
- Groups Accepted
Map & Directions
Easily accessible by car via the B3107 / B3109 from surrounding towns including Bath, Frome and Chippenham.
Follow signs for public carparks within the town centre, and walk to The Hall entrance on Kingston Road.
Public Transport Directions
Accessible via bus, with stops in central Bradford on Avon, 5-10 minutes walk to The Hall. Accessible via train to Bradford on Avon Train Station, a 10 minute walk to The Hall.