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Calke Abbey

Type:Historic House

DE73 7JF
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Poised somewhere between gentle neglect and downright dereliction, Calke Abbey is unlike other great country estates. Entering along the Lime Tree Avenue offers views of the historic parkland, home to ancient oaks, secluded ponds and miles of woodland walks. The National Nature Reserve awaits discovery, while Calke Explore – a new outdoor recreation area nestled among the woodland – provides the perfect base to begin exploring the wider estate, with a natural play area, refreshment kiosk and access to walking and cycling routes. 

Peeling paintwork and abandoned rooms tell the story of a country house in decline, while a vast collection reveals the varied interests of a loving family who never threw anything away. The walled garden offers moments of reflection, including a domed orangery and faded glasshouses, and beds bursting with seasonal produce and colour echo the history of Calke’s working garden.

This year, to mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Sir Henry Harpur, dubbed the ‘Isolated Baronet’, Calke Abbey is delving deeper into its own stories of isolation and loneliness, kindness and compassion. HumanKind is a new exhibition in the family apartments, exploring moments in the lives of six members of Calke’s household. Outdoors, visitors can explore Calke’s ‘landscape rooms’ or take part in HumanKind-themed events.

Highlights throughout the year include the underground tunnels, a rare surviving auricula theatre in the flower garden, and an array of wildlife roaming the parkland – from a herd of red and fallow deer to a rare-breed Portland sheep flock. A great place to walk your dog, Calke has plenty of way-marked walks that are suitable year-round – a great way to escape the crowds. The circular Tramway Trail is an accessible route for walkers and cyclists, taking you on a scenic journey through the wider parkland. For families, don’t miss Squirt’s Stable, Calke’s family activity area, open at weekend and school holidays from February to October.

With plenty of refreshment outlets, a gift shop and second-hand bookshop, there’s lots of places to refresh, refuel and relax. For full opening arrangements and prices, visit the Calke Abbey website.

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Guide Prices

Admission for National Trust members is free. All other visitors pay a per-person admission charge which allows access to the park and gardens. Additional tickets for the house can be purchased from the ticket office (timed entry). National Trust members must also collect a timed ticket for admittance to the house. Please see website for admission prices.


  • Other AwardsSelf-assessed Accessibility Information Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2020



  • Disabled access - Buggy service between car park and house/garden, wheelchair access to parts of the house, wheelchairs and tramper available to borrow (limited)
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities - Front-carrying baby slings and hip-carrying infant seats to borrow,
  • Children welcome - Children’s quiz/trail, children’s play area


  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for corporate hospitality


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • National Trust Property

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Opening Times

* To open safely, we’re limiting visitor numbers and you’ll need to book your visit in advance. Sadly, if you don't book, you’ll be turned away, even if you're a member. Please arrive within your 30-minute timeslot. You're then welcome to stay until closing time.
Open for your visit: Calke Park, Cafe and Garden. A limited range of takeaway drinks and light snacks will be on sale.
Currently closed: House and Calke Explore.


Map & Directions

Road Directions

South of Derby, on A514 at Ticknall between Swadlincote and Melbourne. Access from M42/A42 exit 13 and A50 Derby SouthAccessible by Public Transport: Derby station is 10 miles away.

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