We were thinking about where to go today – an hour south the weather forecast was sun all day, but then my sister texted me and we agreed to meet her and my Mum an hour north (towards the rain). So we all packed our raincoats and headed to Kedleston Hall.

It is a National Trust property, but also it was free entry this weekend as part of the Heritage Open weekend (every September).

The main thing that I noticed was that there weren’t many children there today, but I’m not sure why because all of my children enjoyed being there today. There is a tree near the entrance that you can climb in, which was one of our 50 things to do before 11 3/4.

The inside of the house was absolutely stunning, and the staff were very helpful and understanding when the children crossed the invisible barrier and set off the alarm! The children were very surprised by the rug made of tiger skin, and the four poster bed was amazing. Also, the domed ceiling, the columns, the paintings, and the couches that match the wallpaper and the curtains. There was actually a lot of beautiful things that really are worth seeing.

inside kedleston hall

Then afterwards we walked around the “pleasure gardens”, where the kids could climb trees, play catch and just run around. They also had deck chairs spread throughout the gardens so the adults could sit and chat, or just enjoy the views.

Luckily, we were able to avoid the rain for most of the day.

5 things to do at Kedleston Hall

  1. Join in with the events they run throughout the year, including Forest School for 5-12 year olds.
  2. Take a walk around the parkland.
  3. View the locations used in the film “The Duchess”.
  4. Look around the hall. The staff are friendly and the route around is well signed so you won’t miss anything.
  5. Relax in the pleasure garden.

If you would like to visit Kedleston Hall, you can find more information on the National Trust website.

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