Melbourne Hall & Gardens

The best surviving early eighteenth-century English garden in the manner of Le Notre.

Melbourne, Derbyshire, DE73 8EN

Melbourne Hall in Derbyshire

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Free for members
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Free parking
  • Mostly wheelchair accessible
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Melbourne Hall is home to Lord & Lady Ralph Kerr and their family. They live there throughout the year and open their house to the public during the month of August.

Although steeped in history, Melbourne Hall retains a family feel and makes it one of the most fascinating visitor attractions in the area.

Originally the house was a 12th-century rectory owned by the Bishops of Carlisle, who worshipped in the magnificent Norman Parish Church adjacent to the Hall. Sir John Coke was the first member of the family to make his home at Melbourne, restoring parts of the house around 1628.

Melbourne Hall houses a fine collection of exquisite furniture and antiques, as well as examples of modern and contemporary pieces of glass and porcelain. The paintings and family portraits are of a particularly high standard.

The East Wing of the Hall overlooks the formal French style garden planned by Rt.Hon.Thomas Coke, who was Vice Chamberlain to Queen Anne. The manicured lawns, statuary and ornamental pools make an elegant setting for the unique wrought iron pergola, or ‘birdcage’ crafted by the 18th-century ironsmith, Robert Bakewell.

Together with the Four Seasons Urn, wishing well, Australian urn and yew tunnel, the garden at Melbourne provides an interesting mix of surprises along each pathway.

Opening Times


Gardens open – April to September, Wednesdays, weekends and Bank Holidays.

Hall open – August, Tuesdays to Sundays and Bank Holiday Monday.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times


Historic Houses members visit for free.

Please contact the Estate Office to book as a member and for current prices: 01332 862502

Group Visits

For group bookings please call 01332 862502 or email us at

  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Lord Ralph Kerr

Melbourne Hall has always been a much loved and lived in family home. I live here with my wife Lady Ralph Kerr, who is an artist and portrait painter, and my family. The whole family play an active role in the presentation of the Hall and Gardens.

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