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.
Kelmarsh evokes the warmth of a home, within the stories of past residents and for visitors today.
The Hall is surrounded by its working estate, grazing parklands and Grace II listed gardens. Kelmarsh boasts a distinctive Walled Garden, Sunken Garden, topiary and rose gardens, woodlands, lake and herbaceous borders - all designed principally by Nancy Lancaster, with Norah Lindsay and landscape architect Geoffrey Jellicoe.
The informal, feminine designs laid out by Nancy are welcoming throughout the year, and are celebrated for their dizzying array of dahlias in late summer.
Today’s opening hours
14th April to 26th October: House and Gardens open Tuesday, Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 11am - 5pm.
Gardens on Thursdays, 11am - 5pm.
Open on Sundays only in October, 11am – 4pm.
14th April to 26th October: House and Gardens open Tuesday, Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 11am - 5pm. Gardens on Thursdays, 11am - 5pm.
Open on Sundays only in October, 11am – 4pm.
Tuesday mornings 11 – 1pm are by guided tour only.
On the border between Northamptonshire and Leicestershire, 1m N of A14, junction 2. Close links to M1 and M6.
5 minute walk from the local cus stop, served by X7 Milton Keynes - Leicestershire Stagecoach.
5 miles from Market Harborough Train Station, with links to London St Pancras and Nottingham.
Car park on site
Kwik Cabs 01858 468777
Historic Houses members visit for free. (£2.50 upgrade for a guided tour.)
Adult: £6, Child: £3.50, Concessions: £5.50, Family: £15
Hall and Gardens
Adult: £10, Child: £5,50 Concessions: £9, Family: £30
- Single season ticket price: £18
- Double season ticket price: £35
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
- Accessible parking
We welcome groups throughout the season, where there is much to discover during a day's visit. Enjoy listening to the stories about the history of the occupants and the contents, or enjoy the hall and gardens at your own pace.
There are a number of different visits you can book:
- Visit to the hall and Gardens (unguided)
- A tour of the hall (specific weekdays only)
- Visit to the gardens
- Guided garden tour
Groups must be a minimum of 15 people but please note we request that all groups whatever size, contact us in advance so that we can offer you the best experience.
Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens offers a romance and grace that will colour every aspect of your wedding day.
The exclusive-use policy guarantees wedding parties freedom for their celebration and our experienced wedding team are here to ensure your day runs smoothly.
The spectacular Palladian style county mansion is set in aware winning gardens, with far researching view over the surrounding countryside.
Our recently restored 19th century Orangery is licenced for civil ceremonies. With stunning views across the parklands, it can be used for intimate ceremonies for 40 guests
Beyond is the Saloon, with unparalleled views and fine 18th century plasterwork. The Saloon can be used for a ceremony for 100 or dining for up to 70.
For larger wedding parties couples can make use of the marquee site on the south lawn, with the Hall's beautiful façade forming the backdrop to the day's celebration.
Our renovated Victorian ballroom can host 100 for a sumptuous dinner or wedding breakfast; it can also be used to hold the ceremony for up to 140, or returned to its original purpose in the evenings for the reception.
THE GREAT HALL
The Great Hall, with Italian pink walls and 18th century decorated ceiling, can be used for champagne receptions; the epitome of sophisticated English country living.
Growing in the Gardens: Our trained garden education volunteers deliver an active session where children learn about how plants grow from seeds to flowers/food, linking with the life-cycles element of the current curriculum. Complimented by a visit to our gardens, we offer a range of opportunities to plant, monitor, draw and eat to help develop awareness of how seasons and life cycles impact plant growth.
Discovering the History of the Country House: Through a range of activities such as cooking, craft, listening and looking, problem solving and object handlings, students will learn about place, people objects and events in history. They will discover how ideas, technologies, beliefs and attitudes have changed over the centuries; all linking with current QCA and other history and D&T Curriculum specifications. Programmes focusing on Science, Art and Design and History are developed for sessions in our recently restored laundry and servants quarters.