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Ilam Park, Ilam

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Ilam Park is a 158acre country park situated in Ilam, on both banks of the River Manifold five miles (8 km) north west of Ashbourne, England, and in the ownership of the National Trust. The property is managed as part of the Trust's South Peak Estate.(Ashbourne, the 'post town', is in Derbyshire and thus so is Ilam's postal address, but the Park, and Ilam, are in Staffordshire; the county boundary being the River Dove).The property consists of Ilam Hall and remnants of its gardens, an ancient semi-natural woodland — Hinkley Wood — designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), noted for its small-leaved and large-leaved limes and their hybrids.Ilam HallThe estate was owned from the 16th century, for over 250 years, by the Port family. It was sold to David Pike Watts in 1809. On his death in 1816, the old hall was inherited by his daughter who had married Jesse Russell. Russell (as Jesse Watts-Russell, High Sheriff of Staffordshire in 1819 and Conservative MP for the rotten borough of Gatton) commissioned James Trubshaw to build a new Hall to designs by John Shaw; the Hall, now a Grade II* listed building, was built between 1821 and 1826.
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  • A lovely National Trust park with a tea room and tourist shop. A good journey break, or a starting point for a walk to Dovedale and other places. There is a delightful church in the parkland and also ...  more »
  • A sunny day always make a visit so much better. Lovely little italian garden and great grounds for the young ones to run around, roll down hills, balance on logs and a fantastic beech tree to climb. A...  more »
  • Very sunny Sunday brought all the day trippers out. Car park at Ilam full and the helpful young man at the entrance dismissed the road to Dovedale as an option as it was grid locked. Found a car park ...  more »
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  • Very good. Quite a 'wild' national trust nestled amongst the hills in the Peak District. Some formal gardens, but also lots of nice walks alongside the river and through the woods. Small shop and cafe.
  • Nice National Trust place with walks nearby. There didn't seem to be a lot going on whilst we were there, but the cafe was open. Pretty, I would visit again.
  • Good National Trust property. Easy car parking. Good grounds for a game of 'tig'. :) Well worth a visit - has NT shop, cafe and facilities.
  • Good place to start walks from, long or short. Not a huge amount to actually see on site, but some nice gardens and the usual good NT cafe.
  • I love this place .. visited twice already & never mind to visit it again & again .. very relaxing & quite & the tea room there is another story .. their scones are big & tasty, & if you are lucky and found freshly made hot scones you will never forget your tea experience here 👌🏻