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Kedleston, Derby,
Derbyshire, DE22 5JH


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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
Pleasure Grounds: 19th Feb - 30th Oct; daily; 10am - 6pm
Park: 2nd Jan - 18th Feb; daily; 10am - 4pm
19th Feb - 30th Oct; 10am - 6pm
31st Oct - 31st Dec; daily ; 10am - 4pm
Park occasional day closures November to February.

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

House / Church: 19th Feb - 30th Oct, 12noon - 4.15pm, Sat - Wed Last entry to house 4:15 19 Feb to 20 March: house will be shown by guided tour only. Closed 25th Dec.

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

April/May May/June

To see:

Bluebells and daffodils Rhododendrons and azaleas

Admission Prices

Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets)
House and grounds: adult £9.90 (£8.90), child £4.90 (£4.40), family £24.80 (£22.30).
Grounds only: adult £4.40 (£3.95), child £2.20 (£1.95), family £11.10 (£9.95). Winter charge (Standard Admission): adult £1, child 50p. Reduced rate when arriving by bicycle, on foot or public transport. Please note the per person charge for entry into the park during the closed season replaces the vehicle entry charge

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: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Dogs allowed in Park only and then only on a lead.

Garden Features & Events

18th-century mansion with Adam interiors, Pleasure Ground and parkland; Masterpiece of neo-classical architecture, designed by Robert Adam, Luxurious state rooms; Take a trip back in time to the 18th century and meet our costumed housekeeper, Mrs Garnett (selected days); Eastern Museum filled with collections of Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India; See Restoration on the State Floor, Follow in the footsteps of 'The Duchess' staring Keira Knightly, filmed at Kedleston; Landscaped gardens; 330 hectares (820 acres) of picturesque open parkland, with cascades, lakes and four marked walks - displays of bluebells (April/May)

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

Hotels & Accommodation:

Kedleston Hotel


Kedleston Hall, Sat - Wed 11am - 5pm Black Swan, Idridgehay

Inns & Pubs:

Cock Inn, Mugginton Black Swan, Idridgehay

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Carsington Reservoir Peak District Chatsworth Kedleston, 5 miles from Derby

Description of Garden

The gardens at Kedleston lie immediately to the south and west of the Hall and contain a mixture of expansive lawns, massive rhododendrons and ancient trees with newly created beds, all designed to complement the grandeur of the House and Parkland. At their western end, the gardens provide a prelude to the Long Walk - a woodland and glade circuit currently undergoing extensive work to restore it to its semi-natural splendour.

Very careful thought has been given to the gardens by National Trust Garden Advisors and its staff, led at the property today by Head Gardener, Colin Chappell. Irregular beds are set in well-maintained grass swards in which a mowing regime with various heights of cut has been established to emphasise pathways and other garden features. This is an interesting innovation, which replaces the usual regimented cutting that is the normal practice.

The primary feature of the gardens is their informality. Bold plantings have been introduced to existing beds and there are new beds where evergreens predominate. Although there is a great variety of flowering trees and shrubs, part of the key to the enjoyment of these gardens is in the appreciation of the subtle mix of colours - often muted, but nonetheless exhibiting great contrast.

Notwithstanding this, the spring show of snowdrops, daffodils and bluebells herald one of the glories of Kedleston to be found in the blazing colour of rhododendrons and azaleas that dominate the eye in May and June.

The sunken rose garden, the Orangery, Summer House and classical garden sculptures all help to tie together a delightful garden experience.

History Of Garden

Kedleston Hall is a neo-classical palace designed by Robert Adam and built in 1759-65 for the Curzon family who have lived in the area isince the 12th century.The house boasts the most complete and least-altered sequence of Robert Adam interiors in England, with the magnificent state rooms retaining their great collections of paintings and original furniture.

The Eastern Museum houses a fascinating range of objects collected by Lord Curzon when Viceroy of India (1899-1905).

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