Ilam Hall is the remains of the hall built by the Watts Russell family in the 1820s, close to Ashbourne. The Hall and Park now belong to the National Trust
Imposing and stately, though partly demolished, Ilam Hall is a building steeped in history and enclosed in beautiful parkland. The only remnants of the original Tudor Hall are the stable blocks which house a fine selection of gifts and fantastic food in the delightful tea-rooms..
Whilst the hall is no longer open to the public, the exterior is an impressive sight to behold. The stable blocks and recently renovated Italian gardens can still be explored by all along with other treasures hidden within the grounds of the hall.
Ilam Visitor Centre - Adjoining Ilam Hall, Ilam Visitor Centre provides a wealth of information on the area, including exhibitions and an interactive display on the geology of the area. This is a great learning experience as any group can get a hands on experience.
Ilam Park Tea-room - National Trust tearoom selling refreshments and light lunches, using produce from local National Trust farms. Enjoy the spectacular views from the tearoom lawn.
Ilam Park shop - Offers a variety of souvenirs and gifts, including walk routes, guides and plant sales. Information leaflets, a children’s trail and family guides are available.
Dogs are welcome on leads and are to be kept under control in grazing areas and during the breeding season. Please clean up after your dog.
There are National Trust public toilets with a parent and toddler room and a car park with 75 spaces.
- Ilam park is a spectacular setting now run by the National Trust. On a sunny day, the garden seating area outside the tearoom is accessible but due to steps the tearoom itself is inaccessible. On request, however, staff will put a table and chairs in the downstairs visitors centre and serve refreshments here. The church looks so pretty in front of the Hall and just a pleasure to take a seat and admire the view.
- Realistically, although we were told there was an accessible route that runs along the river and back up the field it is an enormous struggle and not advised. Instead, take a stroll down to the village to buy an ice cream and look at the pretty cottages surrounding the Ilam cross, which has been fully restored and has been described as “one of the finest Gothic Revival Monuments in the Country”.
There is wheelchair access to the National Trust shop and information centre and there are accessible toilets.