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Elvaston Castle Country Park is truly magical and steeped in history. Its formal gardens and wider parkland still inspire and surprise today.
At the heart of the estate is Elvaston Castle, a gothic revival masterpiece, once home to the Stanhope family and Earl’s of Harrington, re-designed by James Wyatt in the early 1800s and based on the original house, which dates back to 1633. Licenced for weddings inside the stunning Gothic Hall or within the Old English Garden, this venue will not fail to wow.
Whatever the season there’s lots to see and do with popular events and festivals throughout the year. Families can enjoy a picnic at sites across the park or come and discover the sculpture trail, children’s play area, lake and Local Nature Reserve. With paths and bridleways to explore and Derby city's river walk to Long Eaton, running through the park.
Today, both the buildings and gardens are registered nationally (Grade 2 and Grade 2*) as being of special architectural and historical interest. Elaborate structures such as the ‘Golden Gates’ and ‘Moorish Temple’ provide a fascinating glimpse of the past. Locally renowned for its rockwork structures and fine examples of topiary, originally introduced by William Barron in the 19th Century, a prominent garden designer of the time.
On arrival, head for the Castle Courtyards and Wyatt’s café overlooking the Parterre Garden or start your visit at the Information Centre and Shop. You’ll find friendly advice, light refreshments, a range of gifts, and seasonal produce grown on the estate. Tramper mobility scooters can be booked for easy access around the park.
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Free entry, but parking charges apply.
- Disabled access - Tramper mobility scooter hire
- Disabled toilets
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Baby changing facilities
- Children welcome
- Facilities for educational visits
- Facilities for groups
Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities
- Grounds for outdoor activities
- Venue approved for civil marriage
- Parking with charge - Car park opens at 9am every day and closes at 8pm April to September; 5pm October to March.
- Dogs Accepted
- Gift shop
- Public toilets
- Smoking allowed
- Accepts groups - Families and individuals Weddings: Children welcome
- Coach parties accepted
* The visitor car park opens at 9am every day and closes at 8pm April to September; 5pm October to March.
The Information Centre and Shop is open 11am to 4.30pm April to September; 10am to 3.30pm October to March (excluding Christmas Day)
Map & Directions
From N on M1- leave at junc 24a onto A50 (Derby); in about 51/4 m at 2nd junc leave via slip road onto road (signposted Alvaston/Derby); in about 1 mile at roundabout turn right onto B5010 (signposted Elvaston Castle Country Park), in 1/2 mile continue left on B5010 (signposted Borrowash, Elvaston Castle). In about 1 mile turn left into Elvaston Castle Coutry Park. Site on left before car park kiosk.From S on M1 - leave at Junction 24 onto A50 (Derby) at 2nd junction leave via slip road onto ropad signposted Alvaston, Derby, then as aboveThe nearest railway station is Derby, which is 5 miles away.