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Historic Site, free entry


Sutton Scarsdale Hall

Sutton Scarsdale Hall


Enquiries (Bolsover Castle)

01246 822844


Hall Drive,
Sutton Scarsdale,
S44 5UR


This dramatic 18th Century hilltop shell of an imposing baroque mansion still retains remnants of its former rich plaster decoration. It was Nicholas Leke, the 4th Earl of Scarsdale who built the Hall. He wanted a mansion that was grander than Hardwick, more ornate and more splendid than Chatsworth, decorated with Italian stucco-work to rival the richest European palace. As proof of his achievement, Nicholas died bankrupt in 1736.

The Hall passed from hand to hand until a speculator bought it and stripped it of everything that could be torn from it, up to and including the lead from the roof. Ruined and rotting, it was listed for demolition until, with just one day to spare, Osbert Sitwell from Renishaw Hall bought it. Now owned by English Heritage, it makes an ideal spot for a picnic.

Coach parties acceptedEnglish Heritage PropertyPicnic siteAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs accepted

Opening details

Closed 24-26 December and 1 January


Free entry



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Map reference: SK 440688  Lat: 53.21443 Long: -1.34255

From North/South
Leave M1 motorway at junction 29 and take A6175 (signposted Clay Cross). Take 1st right turn into Heath village. Follow road through village for approx 1 mile, then turn right out of village onto Shire Lane. As lane curves round to right take left turn onto Sutton Lane. Follow road for ¼ mile turn left (Hall Drive). Follow road to Sutton Scarsdale Hall.

From East
Take A617 to junction with M1 motorway and, at roundabout select left lane and take 2nd exit (A6175). Then follow route from North/South.

From West
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at traffic lights go straight on. At roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (A632 signposted Bolsover). At traffic lights go straight on and at next traffic lights (Royal Hospital) go straight on. Follow road through Calow and on to Arkwright Town. At roundabout (Arkwright Town) take 3rd exit onto Sutton Lane. Follow road for 1¼ miles. Turn left (Hall Road). Follow road to Sutton Scarsdale Hall.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 5 miles from Chesterfield station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • English Heritage PropertyEnglish Heritage Property
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility


There is no charge to enter the site but there are no services on site.

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