Built in 1732, successive owners and influences have left their imprint on this elegant Palladian style home. From noted antiquarian William Hanbury to banker and horse-racing enthusiasts Richard Naylor, each resident’s stories can be found within the hall. But none more so than Nancy Lancaster, ‘doyenne of the Country House style’ or the servants working and living ‘below stairs’ and in the laundry.
Visiting Kelmarsh offers a wonderful insight into the lives of those who loved Kelmarsh as their family home throughout its history, and we welcome groups to visit and enjoy Kelmarsh throughout the season.
There are a number of different types of visits you can book:
To book as a group we require a minimum of 15 people for the visit, but we request all groups, whatever their size, contact us in advance so we can offer the best experience. We ensure a member of the team will meet and greet your group on arrival, and to start you on your day.
For more details for group bookings in 2019, you can download our Group Visit leaflet.
On the day of your visit:
Located in the Visitor Centre, groups are welcome to use our Tearoom at their leisure or pre-book their catering for their visit.
We may request groups pre-book their catering for visits on certain weekdays or high season dates. For more information, please contact us to find out about the type of visit we can offer your group.
Located in Visitor Centre, the gift shop will be open during your visit and you are welcome to browse round it at your leisure. We stock a selection of bespoke items sold exclusively at Kelmarsh, gift items for all, as well as plants and produce from our gardens. We also offer a guidebook for the hall and gardens, which is a helpful addition to a self-guided visit.
We work hard to ensure that all visitor to Kelmarsh can access as much of the site, with as few restrictions as possible. Access to the visitors centre is ramped and we offer a disabled orientation map that showing the easiest access routes, ramps and other facilities. Many of the paths are loose gravel so it is recommended that wheelchair users bring a companion to assist them around the gardens.
The hall has two platform lifts and ramps to provide full access to the principal rooms and servants’ quarters. We regret that the first floor exhibition rooms are accessible by stairs only.
Coach parking is available at Kelmarsh and we accept one coach party per day. We provide more information on coach parking to groups once we have confirmed their date of arrival