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Ilam Park

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Address: | DE6 2AZ, Ilam, Peak District National Park, England
Phone Number: +44 1335 350503
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Ilam Park is cared for by the National Trust and offers space to play and...

Ilam Park is cared for by the National Trust and offers space to play and explore, woodland walks and far reaching views towards Dovedale and Thorpe Cloud.

The visitor centre, toilets, shop and tea-room are open daily throughout the year.

Ilam Park welcomes dogs on leads all year round.

Pay and display car park on site - Free parking for National Trust members.

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Stopped for a light bite in the NT cafe

Excellent food and service. Extensive menu, welcome for walkers. The gardens are worth a visit but of course the highlight is the river reappearing.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Pamela R
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Orpington, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We recently visited Ilam Park as a family with our medium sized dog. Whilst the views are lovely, and the area is good for walking, the café area is not dog friendly! We asked if we could bring in our dog, to have lunch and were told we could only sit outside. On a cold November day, it wasn't a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Excellent food and service. Extensive menu, welcome for walkers. The gardens are worth a visit but of course the highlight is the river reappearing.

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Thank Pamela R
Keele, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having the NT membership, it's free. Very nice day walking around Ilam park and the surrounding areas. There are a coffee and toilet facilities. Careful with walking following the map, we got out of the track without even noticing, but we got there eventually. take at least 2-3 hours but more is recommended.

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1 Thank filipa336
NationalTrustPeak, Business Support Coordinator at Ilam Park, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience, we're glad that you enjoyed your walk and hope that you'll visit again soon to try another of the many walking routes in and around Ilam Park. More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful Autumn colour every where when I visited this very interesting landscaped park with eerie mist rolling in. Very gothic building. The whole place would make a great film setting. Great history - handed in perpetuity for use for youth.

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1 Thank WendyJ4
NationalTrustPeak, Business Support Coordinator at Ilam Park, responded to this review

We agree that it's an atmospheric time of year to visit Ilam Park. The leaves seem so vibrant and crunchy this year, making it all the more fun. We hope that you'll visit again to see how the Park changes with the seasons, but of course, remains beautiful. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a short but lovely visit as part of a 5.5 mile circular walk from Dovedale. It is a lovely estate with spectacular views of the valley and hills. The gardens are small but the views make them more impressive than they are. Definitely worth a quick visit if in the area.

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NationalTrustPeak, Business Support Coordinator at Ilam Park, responded to this review

The wonderful thing about Ilam Park is that whether you stay for half an hour or a full day, there is plenty to leave an impression. We're glad that you enjoyed the gardens and of course, those views. We hope that you'll visit again soon - perhaps to enjoy a longer walk to Dovedale, Wetton, the manifold or beyond. More 

Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What a gorgeous place with glorious views. The house itself is a youth hostel, but the park is so worth a visit & the village is so pretty too. The cafe is nice, but does get very busy, & the portions are not overly generous, that said it was still very nice.

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Thank Denise F
NationalTrustPeak, Business Support Coordinator at Ilam Park, responded to this review

It sounds like you explored lots of the things that people love about Ilam Park - the grounds, the village, the cafe and of course, those spectacular views. We hope that you'll visit again soon. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

What a beautiful day for a walk through these lovely grounds and a very friendly lady was on hand to tell us about the area. However I think it's worth noting that there did seem to be some poor management going on in the Manifold tea rooms. Bearing in mind that lunches are served 12-3, when we arrived at 12.45... More 

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NationalTrustPeak, Business Support Coordinator at Ilam Park, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We're glad that you enjoyed the grounds and that there was someone on hand to help you during your visit. We regret that this experience wasn't reflected in your visit to the tea room though. During half term holidays when we have trails and other activities in the park, it... More 

Denmead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

This is a slightly unusual national trust place insofar as the building is a youth hotel. That said, it is worth visiting to see the grounds and the church. When we visited the church was open and an interesting visit. There is also a great walk down by the river.

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Thank Superships1
NationalTrustPeak, Business Support Coordinator at Ilam Park, responded to this review

As you rightly say, Ilam Hall is run as a youth hostel, but although it isn't open to the general public, there's still lots to explore in and around the grounds of Ilam Park. We're glad that you enjoyed your visit and hope that you'll come back soon. More 

Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

This is a superb setting with country walks and formal gardens immediately to hand. Because of the immediate proximity of a caravan park and youth hostel even out of main season this can be very busy. Lovely NT cafe with very helpful staff for good value light lunches- and open till 5 pm. Highly recommended

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Thank 1949etwall
NationalTrustPeak, Business Support Coordinator at Ilam Park, responded to this review

It's great to hear that you enjoyed the Manifold Tea Room and found our staff to be helpful - the team will be delighted to hear your feedback. Thank you for sharing your experience. More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

beautiful walks set tranquil countryside.great for all ages.Super little cafe with inside & outdoor seating.

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NationalTrustPeak, Business Support Coordinator at Ilam Park, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We hope to see you again soon. More 

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