Visiting Kedleston this season

snow in the pleasure ground at Kedleston Hall

Kedleston remains open in the current lockdown for local visitors to access fresh air and open space for exercise, in line with government guidelines. To keep everyone safe at these places, please book your visit in advance.

Here you'll find everything you need to know about how to book, what to expect from your visit as well as the changes that have been introduced to help keep visitors, staff and volunteers safe whilst at Kedleston.

What’s open? 

Following the Prime Minister's announcement of the latest lockdown in England, our shop, hall and restaurant are closed. The parkland and garden are open daily from 10am-4pm (last booking slot entry is at 2.30pm) for local people to exercise. 

Our refreshment kiosk is open from 10am-3pm offering a limited takeaway offer, payment is by contactless only. Our toilets also remain open. 

How to visit 

Your safety and that of our staff and volunteers is our priority, so we’re continuing to limit numbers to maintain social distancing. Please book your visit in advance to help us with this. New tickets are released every Friday for the following week (see How to Book below.) 

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. Visitors will be asked to take part in the NHS Test and Trace system by using the QR code available outside the visitor reception building. 

In line with government guidance visitors to indoor spaces, visitors are required to wear a face covering in the toilets so, please bring one along with you.

Woman and young girl wearing masks looking at a piece of paper

How to book 

Advance booking is required for everyone planning to visit Kedleston. Entry and parking is free for members. You’ll need to enter a valid membership card number for each member booking and membership cards will be checked on entry. Non-members will need to pay to visit. 

  • Visit the What's On section of the website to check availability and make a booking.
  • Please book one ticket per person, except for children under five as they don’t need a ticket. 
  • You’ll need to choose a 30-minute arrival time for the day you want to visit
  • 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. 
  • You’ll need to book your tickets by 3pm the day before your visit
  • Tickets are for your use only and are not for resale
  • We'll send your booking confirmation by email. Please make sure you fill in your correct email address when you book to ensure you receive your confirmation email.
  • 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 to the car park attendees. 

Please be aware, the last booking slot is 2.30pm and the whole site closes at 4pm.

Accessibility

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

Chilly winter mornings at Kedleston Hall
the park behind the hall in the snow
Chilly winter mornings at Kedleston Hall

Exploring the park and garden

There are over 800 acres of outdoor space for you to explore at Kedleston, with plenty of winter views to enjoy. As the visitor reception building is closed, we can no longer safely distribute the leaflet showing the 4 suggested walk routes. We recommend you download a copy here or take a picture of the map on site on arrival. 

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.

Please be aware the site is particularly muddy as we head into the winter season so please dress appropriately with sturdy footwear for your visit. 

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.

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.

Bring the dogs for a great walk in the woods
Couple walking two dogs on forest path
Bring the dogs for a great walk in the woods