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Kelmarsh, Northampton,
Northampton, NN6 9LY

01604 686 543

01604 686437

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
Snowdrop weekend: 18th & 19th February
Gardens, Open: 8th Apr - 27th Sept; Tues, Wed & Sun & BH Mons & Tues; 11am - 5pm
Thurs 11am -9pm
Please note the gardens are closed on Sunday 22nd April

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes

House Open: Bank Holiday Sunday 8th & Monday 9th April then every Thursday 10th May - 20th Sept plus BH Sun & Mon 12pm-4pm Please note the house is closed on Thursday 2nd August 2012

National Garden Scheme days: Yes

Sunday 22nd April Sunday 1st July

Best Times of Year to Visit:

Spring June Aug/Sept

To see:

Tulips Roses Dahlias

Admission Prices

Tour of House and Admission to the Gardens - Adults £6.00, Concession, £5.50 and Child (5yrs-14yrs) £4.00
Tour of the Croome Exhibition and Admission to the Gardens - Adults £6.00, Concession, £5.50 and Child (5yrs-14yrs) £4.00
Combined Ticket for House, Croome & Gardens - Adult £8.50, Concession £8.00 and Child (5yrs-14yrs) £4.50
Admission to the Gardens only - Adult £5.00, Concession £4.50 and Child (5yrs-14yrs) £3.50
Garden Season Tickets are available, £15 for individuals, or £30 for a Family Season Ticket.
Group Tours can be accommodated by arrangement on either Wed or Thurs of the year, see own website for prices.

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: No
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

See our website for up and coming events Picnics only in the Garden.

Garden Features & Events
English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Three Swans, Market Harborough


Kilworth House Hotel, N. Kilworth Market Harborough

Inns & Pubs:

The George, Gt. Oxendon

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Market Harborough

Description of Garden

The gardens are essentially 20th century in origin and design, and are largely attributable to Nancy Lancaster. During the Tree family's occupancy in the 1920's and 1930's, Nancy worked with Norah Lindsay laying out the flowerbeds in the topiary garden and in the long border. It was probably through Nancy Lancaster that Geoffrey Jellicoe became involved at Kelmarsh in 1936-8, when he laid out the terrace walks, pleached limes and red horse chestnuts on the west front for Colonel Lancaster.

History Of Garden

Kelmarsh Hall was built between 1728 and 1732 to a James Gibbs design for William Hanbury. The Hanburys remained in the Palladian house until 1865 when it was sold to Mr R C Naylor, a wealthy banker from Liverpool and a keen sportsman. In 1902 Mr G G Lancaster bought the house and estate introducing the British White cattle whose descendants still graze the parkland. On his death the estate passed on to his younger son C G Lancaster. In the 1970's after a distinguished career as a soldier, industrialist and polititian, Colonel C G Lancaster set about placing the Hall and most of the estate in perpetuity to a trust. He died in 1977, leaving the property and the blueprint for the trust to his sister Miss C V Lancaster, Miss Lancaster pursued her brother's wish and the Kelmarsh Trust was established in 1982. On her death in 1996 the whole estate passed to the trust.

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