Overview

The only Stately Home designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, Kelham Hall is a masterpiece sitting within 44 acres of grounds on the banks of the River Trent in Nottinghamshire.

Discover an incredible history from the times of its use as the ancestral home of the Manners-Sutton family though to its design by the renowned architect Sir George Gilbert Scott and use as a Theological College by an Anglican Order of Monks.


Today
Today’s opening hours

Hall: Open 9am - 5pm winter season | 8am - 6pm summertime.

Gardens: Play areas and grounds open dawn till dusk daily.

Kelham Hall may be closed for events, essential to check website.

Closed during the Christmas and New Year period.

Opening
Opening

2020

Hall: Open 9am - 5pm winter season | 8am - 6pm summertime.

Gardens: Play areas and grounds open dawn till dusk daily.

Kelham Hall may be closed for events, essential to check website.

Closed during the Christmas and New Year period.

Find Us
Find us

Nottinghamshire, less than 10 minutes from Newark train station with direct links to London, Nottingham and the north.

Find directions.

  • Offers bike storage
Parking

Car park on site

  • £3 for 24 hours

Taxi

Newark Taxi Services 07972 095819

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Weddings

Your perfect day, in our perfect venue.

Choose from a variety of room combinations set over the ground floor of this impressive Grade I listed building and allow our dedicated co-ordinators to create a day unique to you.

The perfect venue for small intimate weddings and larger weddings. Our flexible choice of rooms means Kelham Hall is perfect for weddings of all sizes, from weddings for 10 to 700 and everything in between.

We are also licenced for Civil ceremonies, both indoors and outdoors.

The iconic Great Hall accommodates the largest of celebrations whilst the Gilbert Scott wing houses a number of more intimate rooms, ideal for family or prayer rooms.

We understand that each and every wedding is bespoke which is why we will help you to individually tailor your wedding to your exact requirements. We have a wealth of experience in Asian Weddings, and understand the importance of religion and tradition.

Facilities

  • Suppliers list
  • Guest parking
  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Accessible parking
  • Wedding planner
  • In-house catering

Accommodation

Self Catering

Our stylish self-catering properties nestle within a Grade II listed courtyard development. Ideally located adjacent to the Hall. Stay in one of our executive detached properties that provides self-catering facilities for up to 10 people. With all the comforts of home.

Camping

Kelham Hall Campsite is situated within the Country Park itself and offers a unique camping experience… being both the perfect destination for family holidays or a quiet break away.

Hotel

Do you want a hotel experience to remember? Kelham Hall Hotel will be just that, we are planning a stunning hotel, with fine dining and spa packages.


Corporate Hire

Corporate events


Kelham Hall provides a stunning location for your business function or conference. 

Kelham Hall Conference Centre is one of Nottinghamshire's most prestigious conference centres, based just outside of Newark we have excellent travel links via the A1 and A46 with London being just 90 minutes away.

Kelham Conference Centre has a fantastic set of facilities ranging from bars and restaurant to self catering accommodation and many more. Catering for any number of delegates, from 2 to 1000 Kelham Hall provides flexible space for any size event.

Find out more.

Facilities

  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Plentiful parking
  • Team building activities
  • Refreshments
  • Lunch
  • Accessible toilets
  • Dinner
  • Projector and screen
  • Breakfast

Our day was a complete success at Kelham Hall. Many thanks for all your support and all the staff who work behind the scenes to make events like ours go so smoothly.


Today
Today’s opening hours

Hall: Open 9am - 5pm winter season | 8am - 6pm summertime.

Gardens: Play areas and grounds open dawn till dusk daily.

Kelham Hall may be closed for events, essential to check website.

Closed during the Christmas and New Year period.

Opening
Opening

2020

Hall: Open 9am - 5pm winter season | 8am - 6pm summertime.

Gardens: Play areas and grounds open dawn till dusk daily.

Kelham Hall may be closed for events, essential to check website.

Closed during the Christmas and New Year period.

Find Us
Find us

Nottinghamshire, less than 10 minutes from Newark train station with direct links to London, Nottingham and the north.

Find directions.

  • Offers bike storage
Parking

Car park on site

  • £3 for 24 hours

Taxi

Newark Taxi Services 07972 095819

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes

Other opening

Secret Lives of Kelham Hall Tour

Come and be enthralled on our history tours run by local expert historians and uncover the secret lives of past inhabitants of Kelham Hall. Find out about the importance of Kelham in WW2 and how without a small group of Texas Oil Men, we may well have lost the war.

Call 01636 558 000 for availability and tickets.

Pre-booked tickets: £14.95. Includes tea, coffee and biscuits served in the dining room to the backdrop of ‘Call Nothing Thine Own’, a 25 minute documentary offering a glimpse of monastic life at the Hall during the time of the Society of The Sacred Mission.

Kelham Discovery Tour

Journey around the gardens and country park on our Discovery Tour covering the farthest reaches of our 42 acre estate.

Includes the secret Monk’s Grave Yard, Riverside Meadow & Woodland with fantastic views of the Hall.

Tours Run during the Summer months, subject to weather.
Ticket price £5.00

Time for Tea…

Afternoon Tea has seen a strong resurgence in recent years and we are delighted to offer our own signature serving of this traditional favourite.  Relax in our beautiful State Rooms and enjoy a relaxing afternoon as we serve a delightful array of delicate sandwiches and pastries along with scones, clotted cream and jam, and of course a selection of teas and coffee.

Prices start from just £14.95 per person. Indulge with a sparkling wine upgrade for an additional £7 per glass.

48 hours notice required for bookings, please.


Walks

Woodland & Riverside Walk

Discover the sights and sounds of Kelham Hall & Country Park with our Woodland and Riverside Walk, perfect for family days out and lots to see and do.

This walk will take around 45 minutes with a couple of stops along the way at St Wilfrid’s Church, the Monk’s graveyard and our Riverside Meadow and Gardens.

Suitable for children and elderly alike.

Kelham Hills Walk

For the keen walkers among you, this three hour countryside stroll shows off the best of Nottinghamshire, everything from rolling hills, woodland and farmland to the river Trent, before finishing back at Kelham Hall.

Why not recharge with refreshments at our charming country Inn, ‘The Fox’. Situated directly opposite Kelham Hall, The Fox Inn serves a wide selection local food and hot and cold drinks throughout the day from 8am.

Visit the Fox site here.

Find out more about Kelham Hall walks here



Kelham Hall 's history and features

The present Kelham Hall is the third building to have stood on the site with two former halls having been damaged significantly by fire (one in the early eighteenth century and a second in 1857). All three halls were built for the Manners Sutton family, whose links with Kelham and Averham date back to the 12th century.

Between 1903 and 1974 Kelham Hall was used as a training college by the Society of the Sacred Mission in preparation for missionary work. The hall and grounds however were requisitioned by the army during the two world wars although these were the only interruptions. The most significant legacy left by the monks is the incredible domed chapel, which today is a year-round venue for weddings and events and an exquisite addition to the property. There are other traces of the monks’ presence visible today, including their graveyard at St. Wilfred’s church on the estate.

For those interested in architecture, Kelham Hall provides a wealth of material, including a striking similarity in parts of the building to the St. Pancras hotel, London – both master works of Sir George Gilbert Scott.


Things to See

Fun Facts

American Oil Workers at Kelham Hall in WWII

In February 1943 a team of 43 American oil workers from Texas and Louisiana had arrived in north Nottinghamshire to develop the Eakring oilfield to help with the War effort as supplies were running extremely low due to constant raids by the enemy on ships bringing oil from America and Iran.

Following top secret meetings with Winston Churchill, who was unaware of the Eakring oilfield, an envoy Mr Southwell (from Southwell) was sent to Oklahoma in America to ascertain whether help could be available.

Eventually help was given, and drillers brought over from the USA as well as their expertise in drilling, all variety of equipment and collapsible drilling rigs that could be erected and ready for drilling in a few short hours.

This rapidity of action contrasted with the English drillers who took 2 or 3 weeks to build their rigs. Vitally in view of the urgency required the American oil riggers could drill much faster than the English crews.