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Elstow - The Moot Hall & Village Green

Step into the world of John Bunyan when you visit this delightful 15th century timber-framed market hall, set on the village green, in the centre of the delightful village of Elstow.

Elstow Green is a delightful place for a picnic on a summer's day and access is free all year round.

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 Moot Hall moot hall Elstow Church

The Moot Hall was originally built to serve Elstow Abbey as a market house but is now a museum. It contains beautiful period furniture and has exhibits illustrating the life and traditions of 17th century England. 

Inside Moot Hall   inside Moot Hall

So why not bring the family, have a picnic on the green or visit Elstow Tea Garden.  Then go take a look at the beautiful interior of Moot Hall and the Abbey Church (the remains of a once much-larger Abbey) and the ancient timber-framed buildings on Elstow's High Street.

 Cottages Elstow Elstow Cottages  Mead

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 Opening Times:

1.      Saturdays; From Easter (or the beginning of April), to the end of October. Times; from 1pm to 4pm. Admission prices.

2.      Bank Holiday Mondays; from 1pm to 4pm. Admission prices.

3.      Heritage Weekend; Saturday and Sunday afternoon, from 1pm to 4pm, when admission is free.

4.      Casual Visitors; If the curator is available, he may open the Hall on request – see details on the notice board on Elstow Green.


Disabled access: Access to the upper floor is by stairs or stair-lift. There are ancient timbers set into the ground floor, making some areas difficult to access for wheelchair users.

Toilets. Are available on Elstow Green, only when Moot Hall is open.

Location: Moot Hall, Church End, Elstow, Bedford, MK42 9XT


Moot Hall & Green Hire

Group Bookings; Groups are welcome to visit by appointment, on any day of the week, at any time of the year. Group discount admission rates apply. Please contact the curator for details - moot.hall@bedford.gov.uk

Schools; School groups are welcome. There is no admission charge for local schools. Please contact the curator to make an appointment. moot.hall@bedford.gov.uk 

Hiring Moot Hall and/or Elstow Green: Moot Hall is available to hire for small private functions, training sessions, meetings, paranormal investigations etc.. The Green may also be hired for some larger functions. Both are available for hire for corporate events and as film locations.


Fees and Charges 2018-19

Description of Hire Rate Calculation Cost
Hall Hire (Mon-Fri 07:00-17:00) for up to 50 people Rate Per Hour (min 2hrs) £26.00
Hall Hire (Mon-Fri after 17:00 and weekends) for up to 50 people Rate Per Hour (min 2hrs) £36.00
Hire of the Green Half Day (up to 4hs) £258.00
Hire of the Green Full Day (over 4hrs) £515.00


Contact Details:      

For enquiries about visiting, local history, group bookings etc., please email the curator - moot.hall@bedford.gov.uk

Or all other enquiries, please contact the Events Team at Bedford Borough Council; 01234 718616  events@bedford.gov.uk

Duty curator (only when the hall is open); 01234 266 889.


Moot Hall
Church End
Bedford, MK42 9XT

Contact Details:

Email: moot.hall@bedford.gov.uk. Telephone: 01234 266889 (only manned when the museum is open)

Moot Hall is managed by the Events team at Bedford Borough Council;

Telephone: 01234 718616 Email: events@bedford.gov.uk


We have an exciting event coming to Moot Hall this month! See below for more details:

Spooks & Spirits at Moot Hall – Paranormal Investigations on Saturday 28th October 2017.


We have places for 16 people to join our evening of spooky investigations at Moot Hall on Saturday 28th October 2017.


Built over 500 years ago, the Hall has had many uses over the years and a number of strange occurrences have been recorded inside the building. Local Historian and Moot Hall expert Clive Arnold will set the scene painting a picture of the history of the Hall and its spooky past before handing over to our Paranormal expert Andrew Clatworthy who will lead two groups of eight in a series of workshops throughout the evening using ghost hunting equipment including, table tipping, EVP voice recording, glass moving and trigger objects, with free time to explore the Hall with all the ghost hunting equipment and plenty of time to discover its secrets? A final debrief will take place at the end of the evening to discuss the findings and tea and coffee served throughout the night.


Tickets are priced at £35 with the evening beginning at 8 p.m. and finishing at 1 a.m. we are limited to only 16 places so if you wish to book please contact events@bedfod.gov.uk or call (01234) 718616.