Monday, 11 April 2016

A Trip to Haddon Hall (aka Prince Humperdinck's Castle in the Princess Bride)

"Have fun storming the castle!"

The Princess Bride is one of my favourite films, so when I discovered that some of it was shot in Derbyshire and that Prince Humperdink's Castle was under an hour's drive away I couldn't wait to visit.

Haddon Hall, near Bakewell in the Peak District was used as the Castle in the film, where Buttercup is taken against her will to marry the Prince. Westley, Inigo "You killed my father" Montoya and Fezzik then hatch a plan to rescue her before it's too late.

A still of Haddon Hall from The Princess Bride

The hall itself is a beautifully preserved Tudor manor, some of which dates right back to the 12th century. It was really fun exploring the medieval rooms, from the 'exercise room' (pictured above) meant for Elizabethan ladies  to walk up & down in so they wouldn't get a tan, to the kitchens which used a poor bow-legged dog to turn the spitroast! The gardens are also beautiful, with a lovely view of the countryside and river below. Entrance costs £13.50 which gains entry to the many rooms and garden.

Although there wasn't really any references to the film at the hall (besides the DVD in the shop!) it was a lovely afternoon which I would recommend to any film or history lovers!

See also: A Trip to Withnail's cottage, New York Film & TV spots.


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