Take a trip back in time to the 1760s at this spectacular neo-classical mansion framed by historic parkland. Designed for lavish entertaining and displaying an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and original furnishings, Kedleston is a stunning example of the work of architect Robert Adam. See the result of a lenghty 30 year restoration project on the Hall's State Apartment and see it as 18th century visitors would have seen it for the first time. Lord Curzon's Eastern Museum is a treasure trove of fascinating objects acquired on his travels in Asia and while Viceroy of India (1899-1905). Used as a key location for The Duchess, the 2008 Paramount film that starred Keira Knightley. Note: Medieval All Saints Church, containing many family monuments is run by the Churches Conservation Trust.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Steps to main entrance, access via shop. Ground floor fully accessible but stairs to state floor. Grounds have steps, grass paths & cobbles
- Facilities: Wheelchair available
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Opening times and dates vary throughout the year. Please check website for details
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About The area
The natural features of this central English county range from the modest heights of the Peak District National Park, where Kinder Scout stands at 2,088 ft (636 m), to the depths of its remarkable underground caverns, floodlit to reveal exquisite Blue John stone. Walkers and cyclists will enjoy the High Peak Trail which extends from the Derwent Valley to the limestone plateau near Buxton, and for many, the spectacular scenery is what draws them to the area.
The county is well endowed with stately homes – most notably Chatsworth, the palatial home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, with its outstanding collections of paintings, statuary and art. Other gems include the well preserved medieval Haddon Hall, the Elizabethan Hardwick Hall, and Kedleston Hall, whose entrance front has been described as the grandest Palladian façade in Britain.
The spa town of Matlock is the county’s administrative centre and other major towns of interest include Derby and the old coal mining town of Chesterfield, with its crooked spire. Around the villages of Derbyshire, look out for the ancient tradition of well dressing, the decorating of springs and wells – the precious sources of life-sustaining water – with pictures formed from flowers.
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