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Renishaw Hall Description

Renishaw Hall has been the home of the Sitwells for nearly 400 years. Today it is three-storied, grey and battlemented, dominating a deep valley to the north-east of Chesterfield in Derbyshire. In 1625 George Sitwell built a small H-shaped manor house to which his descendent Sitwell Sitwell, later First Baronet, made vast additions around 1800. He also built the Stables and various follies in and around the Park.

The Hall is open to the public on Fridays throughout the season and at weekends in August, and is the chance to see the fascinating collection of the Sitwell family and their great links to the Arts. Group tours can book a Hall tour throughout the year.

The beautiful Italianate gardens, park and lake are the creation of the eccentric Sir George Sitwell at the end of the nineteenth century. They remain beautiful, thanks to the care of the current owner Alexandra Sitwell who followed in her parents’ footsteps in looking after and augmenting this special green space.

More information about Renishaw Hall & Gardens and the events held there can be found on their Website, where you can also sign up for their E-Newsletter.

The Sitwells

In the twentieth century the Sitwell family became famous through the writings of Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell, the three gifted children of Sir George and Lady Ida Sitwell. The youngest, known as Sachie,was the only one of his generation to marry, and Renishaw was passed on to his elder son, Sir Reresby Sitwell, and then on to his daughter, current owner Alexandra Sitwell.

The artist, Rex Whistler, a visitor of the Sitwells to the Hall, declared that Renishaw was "the most exciting place he knew"

The Museum at Renishaw Hall
The Sitwell family knew many of the most prominent literary and artistic figures of the twentieth century. Osbert Sitwell in particular was active in commissioning and collecting modern works of art, and he and his siblings were at the heart of literary and artistic life in London and elsewhere. Some of their protégés, such as Cecil Beaton, John Piper and William Walton have become household names. The Museum located in the stables enable visitors to see a rich variety of material and exhibits from the Sitwell archives and collections.

Opening Times - 2013

The Hall:

  • 30th March - 29th September: Guided tours are available every Friday at 1pm and 2.30 pm
  • August: Guided tours are available every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm and 2.30 pm
  • Pre-booking is recommended

Gardens, Museum, Exhibitions, Shop & Gallery Cafe:

  • 30th March - 29th September: Wednesday - Sunday & Bank Holidays, 10.30 am - 4.30 pm

Admission Prices - 2013

Garden, Museum & Galleries:

  • Adult - £6.00
  • Child (5-18) - £3.00
  • Seniors - £5.00
  • Group - £5.00
  • Season ticket : Adult - £32.00, Joint - £48.00
  • Parking - £1.00

Hall & Gardens:

  • Adult - £12.00
  • Concession - £11.00
  • Child (5-18) - £9.00

Groups Welcome (minimum 25 people)

Weddings and Conferences

Renishaw Hall has a licence allowing the unique opportunity to have Civil Wedding ceremonies inside the Hall, within The Dining Room. Built in 1793 and designed by the Sheffield architect Joseph Badger, The Dining Room is one of the most elaborately decorated rooms at Renishaw Hall. The room features an apse and contains many fine works of art, making it a truly atmospheric place for a wedding ceremony.Civil Wedding ceremonies may be held on any day of the week. Please note that during the summer months the Gardens are open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays and also on Thursday during July and August.

Renishaw is also available for conferences. It has modern equipment in rooms of varying sizes, for up to 50 people, and can cater for varying functions. Please contact the events office for more information on 01246 432310.


Renishaw Hall Is available for film and television production location work, radio and newspaper interviews and photoshoots. Please contact the events office or email for all media enquiries.

More information on the garden can be found on The Gardens Guide.

Further information including opening times and prices

Your Reviews of Renishaw Hall

Yvonne Haynes (29 March 2012)

One of my favourite places to visit. Beautiful. A hidden gem. Well worth a visit.

Madeleine Radford (10 July 2006)

I visited the gardens at Renishaw in July 2006 - they are truly magnificent; exquisite artistic and imaginative plantings on a traditional framework. Congratulations to David Kesteven and team.

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Additional Info for Renishaw Hall

  • YesParks
  • YesGardens
  • YesPlaygrounds
  • YesDogs allowed
  • YesWeddings
  • YesDisabled Access
  • YesRefreshments
  • YesPicnics
  • YesGuides
  • YesMeals Available
  • YesConferences
  • YesFilming
  • YesGifts
  • YesNursery
  • YesShop
  • YesCar Parking

Heritage Groups

  • YesHistoric Houses Association

Credit Cards Accepted

  • YesMastercard
  • YesAmex
  • YesVisa
  • YesBarclays
  • YesJCB

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