My husband and I recently visited Kedleston Hall with some family members. He is severely disabled and uses a powered wheelchair so access is very important to him. Normally when we visit attractions, disabled parking is clearly marked but we couldn't obviously find any at Kedleston so parked in a small space near the main building. By luck we saw that this was the designated disabled area but then discovered that we needed a parking pass to stay there. It took us some while to find anyone who could help but, when we did, they took charge and sorted us out.
My husband could only access the ground floor but that wasn't a problem as we quite understand the limitations of property such as Kedleston. The staff were most anxious that he could view the virtual tour of the house in the Billiards Room and generally made sure that he was comfortable while I toured the rest of the house. He ended up knowing more about the history than we did! The restaurant was accessible, clean and airy and we even managed to visit the church by going through the grounds as the steps for general visitors were out of the question.
The first view of Kedleston from the driveway was akin to something out of a Jane Austen novel, spectacular and definitely a 'wow' moment especially on a sunny day.
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