Hey ho! Off to the stables we go
For the first time, this summer we've opened up Kedleston Hall's spectacular stables and courtyard for all sorts of activities and a chance to take a peek at this usually hidden gem.
Open every day 10am - 4pm until 2 September 2018 there's fun, games and activities for families, tours and talks for the ever curious, and an interesting history to uncover.
Play in the mini stables
Head to the mini stables to test your horsemanship skills and take out one of the hobby horses for a ride. On certain days* you can join the family tour and try out for a stablehand - can you groom a horse, sweep the stables? (Don't worry, we won't really be putting you to work.) These special tours are a chance to find out more about how the stables were run and what everyone did.
*Ask at visitor reception about what tours are happening when you visit.
Explore the Great Arch’d Stable
Kedleston’s great stable block was built shortly after the mansion was completed in 1769, almost 250 years ago. The main feature is an impressive arched ceiling stable, large enough to fit up to 20 horses inside (think of all that poo!), and the building remains relatively untouched. The horses that were housed here were treated like royality and, built to impress, the stables would have been shown to visitors and guests.
From the inner courtyard of the stable you can see the ways in which other buildings have been changed, repurposed and reinvented over the last 250 years. From the brew house to the potting shed, the ice house to the slaughterhouse this space is filled with a rich and unexplored history.
Take a tour
Find out more about the wider stables complex and how it has been used over time on one of our regular tours. These aren't on everyday so ask at Visitor Reception when you arrive if you're interested.
Ice cream, cold drinks, tea, a decent cup of barrista coffee, sandwiches, cakes and crisps can all be bought from our outdoor catering most days.
Please be aware that the full catering offer won't always be available but alternatives include the restaurant and outdoor kiosk, or you could bring a picnic to enjoy in the park or pleasure ground.
How would you like to see the stables story told?
We'd also like to hear from you how you might like to see the stables story told in the future. There's the chance to share your thoughts and ideas on one of our chalkboards.