Spring at Kedleston

kedleston's bluebells

Visit Kedleston this season and you'll be rewarded with views of spring flowers and wildlife.

Spring is the perfect time to explore the rolling landscape and miles of unspoilt woodland surrounding Kedleston Hall. Migratory birds have returned from their winter holidays and have filled the estate with their jolly songs. Spring primula and bluebells will soon blanket the forest floors, it’s the perfect setting for a stroll with family and friends, and dogs too!

Kedleston's bluebells
kedleston's bluebells
Kedleston's bluebells

Pick up a free walking leaflet at the visitor reception on arrival, with a range of suggested walk routes suitable for families, dog walkers, and those looking for a nice quiet spot for a picnic and a view.

Wildlife and hidden treasures

You’ll find our gardeners out and about in the gardens and perhaps up at the Hermitage doing the spring planting. Stop and say hello they're always happy to answer any garden questions you might have. Their insider knowledge could lead you to hidden highlights just waiting to be discovered.

Wildlife is waking up to spring at Kedleston Hall too and the lake is a perfect location to look out for nesting birds. Home to herons, coots, swans and of course those ever so fluffy ducklings. The lake provides the perfect habitat for a huge variety of birdlife, making it a prime spot not just for hardened bird watchers but also those who just fancy giving it a go. Keep a look out for the red kites too, who are regularly seen flying above the lakes.
 

Red Kites have distinctive white markings and forked tails
red kite
Red Kites have distinctive white markings and forked tails

Activities at Kedleston

During the school holiday you'll find a range of outdoor family self led activities available to make the most of the spring season. See the What's on page for more details.


New welcome tours inside Kedleston Hall


This year we are celebrating 250 years of welcoming visitors at Kedleston Hall. You are invited to join our volunteers on a new 25 minute tour of the some of the state floor rooms, taking the route of the housekeeper tours given by Mrs Garnett in the 18th century. Find out more about the tours here.