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The interior of Kedleston Hall

Sofa made in London,1765, by John Linnell, interpreting Robert Adam design © National Trust/Nadia Mackenzie

Sofa made in London,1765, by John Linnell, interpreting Robert Adam design

A temple of the arts

Kedleston Hall, was designed by the famous architect Robert Adam in 1765 as a house to rival Chatsworth. Intended as 'a temple of the arts' and as the location for grand entertainments, the main house was never meant to be a family home, but a canvas on which to showcase the finest paintings, sculpture and furniture.

Robert Adam

Exlpore the lavish interiors and stunning parkland of Kedleston Hall © National Trust/Rupert Trunt

The interiors at Kedleston represent one of the most complete, least altered and earliest examples of Robert Adam’s work in Britain. It was Adam’s first major building commission, making his name and inspiring many other buildings.

A show palace

The Saloon at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire © Nadia Mackenzie

Kedleston was designed not as a family home but to be a showpiece palace for lavish entertaining and displaying Sir Nathaniel’s fantastic collections of paintings and sculpture.

Edwardian Kedleston

Edwardian Taxidermy on display in the Trophy corridoor at Kedleston Hall 

While much of the State floor at Kedleston remained little altered and rarely used, the ground floor saw many changes through time, most notably during the Edwardian era, when Lord Curzon was Viceroy of India.