A couple of weekends ago we visited the beautiful Kedleston Hall and had such a lovely family day out. We are already big National Trust fans and Kedleston was a new one to us, so we were really excited to explore.
Kedleston is a spectacular 18th century mansion with Adam interior and parkland located in Derbyshire. Kedleston was built for Sir Nathaniel Curzon 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.
When we first arrived at Kedleston we explored the Pleasure Grounds, which are just stunning and great for the kids to burn off some energy. Although there isn’t a playground for the children, the extensive parklands meant that the kids were still occupied and able to explore, my two were in their element doing what kids do best – running free and climbing trees!
We also took the time to have a look inside the church which sits on Kedlestons grounds. The church is full of monuments to the Curzon family and a great place for the kids to learn a little more about the people that once lived at Kedleston.
We had our lunch in the restaurant at Kedleston which was delicious. The children had kids boxes as they always do whenever we visit a National Trust site. James went for the tandoori quarter chicken which I am assured was delicious, and I of course had a cream tea because it just has to be done on a National Trust day out doesn’t it?
After lunch we headed into the Hall itself, which is absolutely stunning given it’s purpose for lavish entertaining. With an impressive collection of paintings, sculptures and furniture, there is so much to discover inside this beautiful mansion.
Luckily our kids really enjoy looking around ‘old houses’ like this, they show a real interest in history and seeing how people used to live.
Finally, before we headed home we had a walk along one of the marked routes around the grounds, where we found incredible views of the surrounding area.
During our walk we came across Kedlestons hidden gem, The Hermitage which is currently being restored. It’s a small and very interesting looking building which would once have been used for entertainment or as a place to get away from society.
To find out more about Kedleston Hall, including prices please visit the National Trust website Kedleston Hall.
A few more photos from our day at Kedleston…
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*We were kindly invited to Kedleston Hall for the purpose of this post*