The Original Garden Visitor's Guide

Melbourne Hall and Gardens

The historic garden at Melbourne Hall was designed by Rt. Hon.Thomas Coke in 1704. The pools, vistas and statuary are typical of the French style of garden fashionable in the 18th century. Robert Bakewell’s magnificent wrought iron arbour is reflected in the main garden pool and the yew tunnel provides a shady walk way.

William Lamb, the 2nd Viscount Melbourne lived at Melbourne Hall and as Queen Victoria’s Prime Minister he gave his name to the Australian City.

The Hall is now lived in by Lord and Lady Ralph Kerr and their family. Lady Ralph Kerr has initiated an imaginative and original planting scheme in the garden which includes specimen trees, shrubs and a unique collection of Magnolias and Roses, making this a garden of rare beauty and design not to be missed.

Fact File

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 2pm – 5pm last entry 4.15pm, Garden 1.30pm – 5.30pm.
Admission Rates: contact 01332862502 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:
Hall Website:

Updated 27/09/2018

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