Ilam Park
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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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  • TJeinsteinwood
    Deal, United Kingdom388 contributions
    Beautiful
    Well signed for the car parks. You can pay for 4 hours or all day parking. The machine only takes cash and doesn't give change but you can pay by card in the booth (if someone is in there). Lovely walks - beautiful scenery. My only wish would be that the walking routes are signed. The map shows different routes but we couldn't see any signs for them - maybe it was us! Really clean toilets and lovely touches like step up stools to allow children to reach the sinks. There is a cafe - it was when we were leaving we saw people carrying take out coffee from there so that's worth knowing! Definitely worth calling in to as it is a really beautiful area
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 12, 2023
  • machinmad
    Yaxley, United Kingdom2,461 contributions
    Nice views back down to Dovedale ...
    We walked from Dovedale into Ilam and enjoyed a cuppa in the tearoom. Usual NT stuff on the menu, cheese scones represent the best-value snack, but worth a visit if you are wondering round this area. If you are pack-packing the Peaks, this looks like a lovely place to stay.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 27, 2023
  • Denise M
    Nottingham, United Kingdom102 contributions
    Dissapointing property. Not suitable for anyone with mobility issues.
    Catalogue of issues at this estate. The house is not open to the public. There are no leaflets/maps available as 'they are being updated'. The Church on site is not very welcoming. There is a distinct lack of signs and sign posts throughout the estate. Steps from the Bishops Bridge back towards the house are crumbling and dangerous, and the zig zag path is a H & S disaster waiting to happen. No fence, with a sheerdrop to one side. There are lots of steep, very high steps to negotiate to get to, and walk round, the Italianate garden, with NO handrails. Disaster !!! This estate is not suitable for anyone with mobility issues. Hikers and able bodied walkers would be happy as they can walk to Dovedale and beyond. The cafe is closed, with no date for reopening visible. Refreshments are available in the stable block though.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written April 19, 2023
  • Barrie P
    Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom142 contributions
    A nice place
    Ilam Park is a large open space in beautiful surroundings. There were sheep & lambs in the fields, different varieties of birds flying about & a large open space to wander about in. It is easy to pick up the footpath to Dovedale from within the grounds. The beautiful old Church in the grounds is well worth a visit. So peaceful inside & magnificent stained glass windows. There is plenty of car parking available but there is only one charge available which is £5 irrespective of how long you stay. A bit of a rip off.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 7, 2023
  • Carol G
    Derby, United Kingdom319 contributions
    Nice walks
    Staying nearby so took my dog here for a walk on 2 of the days. Plenty of parking and free for National Trust members but be aware if you are not a member. You will need to take some coins (£5 for 4 hours) with you as whilst it says you can pay by card at the Welcome Hut there was no-one manning it when I went. Lovely scenery and nice walks but ruined on the 2nd day by another visitor who had his two dogs loose and they hassled my dog who is quite reactive. He did try to recall one but it took him 5 to 6 times before it worked and then even after they had took a different path, the other one came down and followed us.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 7, 2023
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Anne B
6 contributions
Jun 2022
We visited Ilam Park on Wednesday 1st June with our family of mixed ages.
This site was beautiful, such a peaceful and relaxing park with magnificent views. The weather was a little wet on our arrival but this did not deter us from exploring and we were quite sheltered on the walks around.
We visited the cafe afterwards and the staff were extremely accommodating, as it was still raining, the staff offered to bring our food and drinks down to the indoor seating area as we had our dog with us.
The food was fantastic, just what was needed after a busy day walking Dovedale and then the Ilam site as well. It was fantastic to have some great vegan options on the menu as well, something that is not always easy to find.
Can't wait to revisit.
Written June 4, 2022
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travell_a_lot
Salisbury, UK978 contributions
Aug 2021
Lovely location with accessible walks for children and those with mobility issues but fabulous views and church as well as tailored Italian Garden. Large carpark - machine not working and no instruction which worried many visitors. Cafe was only just opening when we arrived and had a take away coffee in the many cafe garden with great views and calmness.
You can walk further to Thorpe Cloud or Dovedale for a longer stay.
Written August 17, 2021
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Carol G
Derby, UK319 contributions
Aug 2022
The weather was very hot so I chose Ilam Park as it appeared that I could walk the dog in some shade and with access to the river (at parts). It was a great place to walk and I wish we could have walked further and seen more of it but the weather did not permit.
On a day when you could stay longer, the parking charges would have been fine but a bit expensive for around an hour.
Written August 13, 2022
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Diane f
Greater Manchester, UK179 contributions
Aug 2022
This park is so beautiful with good views and well maintained gardens. Lovely cafe that serves free water you can top up your water bottle at the counter or pour yourself a drink with clear cups , they serve snacks and drinks and some ice creams which include vegan and have some gluten free cake, there's some seating outside and there's benches to sit in the garden not too far away. Nice walks around the park.
Written August 19, 2022
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TJeinsteinwood
Deal, UK388 contributions
Feb 2023 • Friends
Well signed for the car parks. You can pay for 4 hours or all day parking. The machine only takes cash and doesn't give change but you can pay by card in the booth (if someone is in there).

Lovely walks - beautiful scenery. My only wish would be that the walking routes are signed. The map shows different routes but we couldn't see any signs for them - maybe it was us!

Really clean toilets and lovely touches like step up stools to allow children to reach the sinks.

There is a cafe - it was when we were leaving we saw people carrying take out coffee from there so that's worth knowing!

Definitely worth calling in to as it is a really beautiful area
Written February 13, 2023
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Barrie P
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK142 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Ilam Park is a large open space in beautiful surroundings. There were sheep & lambs in the fields, different varieties of birds flying about & a large open space to wander about in. It is easy to pick up the footpath to Dovedale from within the grounds. The beautiful old Church in the grounds is well worth a visit. So peaceful inside & magnificent stained glass windows. There is plenty of car parking available but there is only one charge available which is £5 irrespective of how long you stay. A bit of a rip off.
Written May 7, 2023
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Neldoo
Middlesbrough, UK182 contributions
Aug 2021
Just a quick stop en route from another location. Free parking for National Trust members (not sure of charges for non members).
Very pretty, very peaceful.
We decided to walk towards Dovedale - with hindsight we should've explored the Park instead. Oh well, an excuse to go back!
Written September 6, 2021
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Carol G
Derby, UK319 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
Staying nearby so took my dog here for a walk on 2 of the days. Plenty of parking and free for National Trust members but be aware if you are not a member. You will need to take some coins (£5 for 4 hours) with you as whilst it says you can pay by card at the Welcome Hut there was no-one manning it when I went.
Lovely scenery and nice walks but ruined on the 2nd day by another visitor who had his two dogs loose and they hassled my dog who is quite reactive. He did try to recall one but it took him 5 to 6 times before it worked and then even after they had took a different path, the other one came down and followed us.
Written July 7, 2023
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Barrie P
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK142 contributions
Mar 2022
My wife & I visited here whilst on a weeks holiday in Derbyshire. The park is well maintained, the toilets are clean & the car parking is easy to reach. We wondered around the grounds but where disappointed that the footpaths where not marked out. We wanted to walk to Dovedale but were advised against this because the Stepping Stones were under water and the path was flooded in places. We visited the Church in the park & enjoyed the beauty of the stained glass windows & the peace & quiet of God's house. As we wanted refreshments we went to the cafe. The young lady in the cafe was very friendly & chatty. The food, breakfast baps, was excellent, as was the cakes, lovely & fresh & the coffee. A most enjoyable snack. Due to the boggy conditions after all the rain we decided to come back later in the year when it should be a lot drier.
Written March 3, 2022
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machinmad
Yaxley, UK2,461 contributions
Mar 2023
We walked from Dovedale into Ilam and enjoyed a cuppa in the tearoom. Usual NT stuff on the menu, cheese scones represent the best-value snack, but worth a visit if you are wondering round this area.

If you are pack-packing the Peaks, this looks like a lovely place to stay.
Written March 27, 2023
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