Visiting Kedleston this season

a view up of kedlestons saloon ceiling

This article should help you to plan your next visit to Kedleston, including information about changes that have been introduced to help keep visitors, staff and volunteers safe while at Kedleston.

Arrival and parking

Advance booking is recommended especially for weekends when it is busier. Without a booking, we cannot guarantee admission.

When arriving at Kedleston please have your booking confirmation ready to show either on your phone or a printed copy. If you’re a member, you’ll also need to show your membership card at the visitor reception building to have it scanned.

In order to maintain social distancing, please arrive at Kedleston within your 30 minute timeslot. Sadly, if you're more than 10 minutes late, we won’t be able to guarantee you entry. Your entry will be at the discretion of the property staff and will be based on visitor numbers and the ability to maintain social distancing.

There is no limit to the amount of time you can spend at Kedleston on the day of your visit, but please be aware the whole site closes at 5pm.

Staying safe

The safety of staff, volunteers and visitors is a priority. Look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site. Some routes you may be used to using on previous visits may now be different.

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.

In line with government guidance visitors to indoor spaces such as the visitor reception building, hall, restaurant and toilets are required to wear a face covering. Please bring one along with you.

Visitors will be asked to take part in the NHS Test and Trace system by using the QR code available or providing contact details.

The team at Kedleston carry out regular cleaning of the visitor facilities throughout the day, which may cause a slight delay during busy times.

What's open this month?

The parkland, garden, restaurant and toilets are now open daily.

From 2nd October 2020 a limited part of the state floor (the first floor) in the hall is open on selected days only – Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Bringing a dog?

Dogs are welcome in all outdoor areas at Kedleston. You’ll find water bowls available and dog waste bins along the short/long walk routes.

We do ask that you keep your four-legged friend on a lead at all times, and be aware that there are sheep and cows grazing most areas of the parkland.

Assistance dogs are welcome in all indoor and outdoor areas.

Exploring the park and garden

There are over 800 acres of outdoor space for you to explore at Kedleston, with plenty of autumnal views to enjoy. Pick up a free leaflet on arrival for 4 suggested walk routes, or choose your own. There are opportunities to spot wildlife by the lakes or in the woodlands. Please note, the walk routes in the leaflet are not fully accessible as include slopes, steps, a footbridge and livestock gates.

There is easy and level access to the garden through the double gates near the visitor reception building.

You are welcome to picnic anywhere in the outdoors, but please help us by taking your litter home or using a litter bin provided.

Please note, cycling is not permitted within the parkland or the walk routes. You are welcome to travel to Kedleston by bicycle, there is designated cycle parking in the main visitor car park.

Exploring the hall

We are delighted to open part of the state floor (first floor) of Kedleston Hall on Friday - Monday from 11am – 4pm with last entry at 3pm.

Please note, your pre-booked timed entry ticket provides access to the garden and parkland. If you would like to visit the hall, please make your way to the front of the hall where volunteers will greet you and let you know the expected queue time if the hall is already at capacity. You do not need to purchase an extra ticket for hall admission.

All visitors wishing to go into the hall should be ready to wear a face covering when entering the hall.

At this time, a limited number of rooms on the first floor are open to visitors and are accessible by stairs only. The rooms open include the marble hall, saloon, library, drawing room and music room. This route should take between 20 - 35 minutes.

Bags are not permitted inside the hall at the moment and there are no locker facilities available. Please bear this in mind before joining the queue to enter the hall.

To keep you safe there is a one-way route through the hall and hand sanitising gel is available on entry and exit. Please make use of the handrails on the staircases.

There is a maximum capacity of 30 visitors inside the hall, therefore it may not be possible for everyone to access the hall during their visit. We expect weekends to be busier than weekdays.

Accessibility

Please refer to the updated access statement available on the website for full details of access around the site.

Visitors wishing to view the State floor of the hall will need to climb a flights of stairs. The ground floor rooms of the hall remain closed at this time. A wheelchair will be available on the first floor, should you need to use it, cleaned before and after your use.

There is a short video available to watch on the ground floor of the hall, for visitors who cannot use the stairs.

Please note, there are no visitor toilets available in the hall. The visitor toilets including accessible toilet are located a short distance from the hall and restaurant.

If you would like to access the hall or restaurant by wheelchair, please let the team at vistior reception know and they can arrange for you to use a level route to avoid the gravel paths.

Visiting the restaurant

The restaurant is open 10am – 4pm daily serving a range of hot and cold meals and snacks, as well as cream teas and drinks.

To ensure social distancing, the layout of the restaurant and way you access the restaurant will be different to what you may be used to. Entry to the restaurant is at the front of the building, where you will be greeted and shown to an available sanitised table. Inside there is a one way system and exit is by the rear doors only. A limited number of tables and chairs are available on the lawn outdoors as well. Payment is by card only at this time.

Book your tickets

Advance booking is recommended for everyone planning to visit Kedleston. Entry and parking is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay to visit.

Tickets are released online each Friday morning for the week ahead. Visit the What's On section of the website to check availability and make a booking.

If your plans change, you can cancel your booking yourself by logging onto the Eventbrite website where you can see your future bookings.