The timber-framed house was built in 1590 by Richard Smalbroke, a member of one of Birmingham’s leading merchant families. More than 400 years later, beautiful Blakesley is still a haven; secluded from the avenues of modern houses that lie beyond its gates. Admission charges apply to the Hall only. Gardens, grounds and visitor facilities are free to all visitors. There is free admission to the entire site on the first Sunday in every month during the open season. Key attractions are: the traditional herb garden and orchard – a haven for butterflies and birds; the 400-year-old wall decorations in the Painted Chamber; the Long Table in the Great Hall – an original piece of furniture listed in the 1684 inventory of the house; the mural of Blakesley Hall inside the main entrance to the visitor centre – painted by Julie Eyett in 2001.