Melbourne Hall and Gardens
© Andrea Jones/courtesy Melbourne Hall.
Melbourne Hall and Gardens with its broad sweeps of lawn, avenues and unexpected vistas is one of the best known formal gardens in the country and the best surviving early 18th century English garden in the manner of le Notre. It was laid out by Rt. Hon Thomas Coke, Vice Chamberlain to Queen Anne, with help from the garden landscape designers George London and Henry Wise in the formal style. It is noted for its long tunnel of Yew, its wrought iron pagoda created by Robert Bakewell and its statuary by Jan van Nost, notably the Four seasons monument, a gift from Queen Anne.
Lord Ralph Kerr took over running the Melbourne estate in 1987. His wife Lady Ralph Kerr is a painter of both portraits and landscapes. Since taking on the garden she has embarked on an extensive programme of restoration and planting within the original layout, and garnered praise from right across the British gardening community. Her eye for colour and detail means that the Melbourne garden is a haven of delightful and unusual specimen trees, shrubs and herbaceous borders. Further information about Melbourne Hall & Gardens can be found on our websites.
Opening Times: Garden: April – September (Wed, Sat, Sun, Bank Holiday Mondays) 1.30pm – 5.30pm. Hall and garden: Every afternoon in August except first three Mondays. Hall: August Only 2pm – 5pm last entry 4.15pm.
Admission Rates: contact 01332 862502 for current prices.
Group Rates: contact 01332 862502 for current prices.
Facilities: Visitor Centre, Shops and Tearooms.
Disabled Access: Yes – some areas limited
Toilets on Site: Yes.
Car Parking: Yes (limited)
Coach Parking: No – none reserved
Wheelchair Loan: No
Length of Visit: 1-2 hours
Booking Contact: The Estate Office, Melbourne Hall Gardens, Melbourne, Derbyshire, DE73 8EN
Telephone: 01332 862502
Gardens Website: www.melbournehallgardens.com
Hall Website: www.melbournehall.com
Location: 8 miles south of Derby
Updated: December 2019