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The un-stately home and country estate

With peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards, Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a country house estate. The house and stables are little restored, with many abandoned areas vividly portraying a period in the 20th century when numerous country houses did not survive to tell their story.

Discover the tales of an eccentric family who amassed a vast collection of hidden treasures. Visit the beautiful, yet faded, walled gardens and explore the orangery, auricula theatre and the kitchen gardens. Escape into the ancient and fragile habitats of Calke Park and its National Nature Reserve.

Don't miss...

•    See the stunning state silk bed, erected for the first time in 1985 after lying undiscovered since the 18th century

•    Spot the ‘Old Man of Calke’, a 1,200 year old oak tree

•    Enter a world of little light and follow the twists and turns of the brew house tunnel

•    Visit the red and fallow deer in their restored deer enclosure

•    Stroll through the pleasure grounds to the flower garden with its unique auricular theatre and creep into the gardeners’ tunnel

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Take a virtual tour of Calke Abbey from the comfort of your own home.

Explore the rooms from every angle of this 360° tour and get up close to points of interest.

50 things

We know it's hard to get off the sofa and into the outdoors.

As part of our national campaign we've tracked down the 50 coolest outdoor things to do before you're 11¾.

Grab those wellies and see what you could tick off in Calke park.

Search our treasure

Did you know you can search the entire Calke collection?

Take a look at our collections website - you can search for items of specific interest and try to spot them on your visit.

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