Calke Unlocked: a tour turned on its head

Calke Unlocked tours at National Trust Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Do you drift off during guided tours? Feel overwhelmed by reams of information and dates? LOVE Calke Abbey but fancy something a bit different? Calke Unlocked is the solution you didn't know you needed! Keep scrolling to see how you can hop on a tour, or even become a Volunteer Tour Guide.

Calke Unlocked, what's that?

High-energy, loads of fun, interactive and just a little bit naughty.

Our unique tour leaders are experts in the obscure and collectors of hidden stories. Together you’ll uncover behind-the-scenes snippets, share scandalous secrets and backstories, and explore the forgotten nooks and crannies of the un-stately home.

It’s brand new for the National Trust – so come and play games, take photos and maybe learn some tasty anecdotes to wow your mates at the pub. 

" It’s essentially the weird lovechild of Horrible Histories and The Crystal Maze."
- Anna Robson, Tour Programme Leader

The small print

Duration: 1.5 hours (time may vary depending on group size).

Price: Normal admission charges apply, and you’ll need a house ticket for the tour. Head over to the home page for more info on prices.

Bring along: Some energy and an open mind (also a phone!).

Perfect for: Singles, couples, friends and small groups.

Age 14+ (some stories may get saucy so keep an eye out for family tours in the future).

Due the slightly wonky nature of the house, unfortunately this tour isn’t suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility, and only assistance dogs can come along.

Calke Unlocked tour at National Trust Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Book your VIP place now

Book online to experience Calke Unlocked, a fast-paced, interactive tour at Calke Abbey.

Want to join the Calke Unlocked team?

We’re looking for creative, sociable and inspirational people to join the team as Volunteer Tour Guides. This is a flexible, temporary opportunity to help us develop and deliver a fresh, innovative style of tour at Calke Abbey.

We’ll help you get to know the ins and outs of Calke with a full induction and training, and we’ll pay for your travel too. If you have a couple of days to spare every month and you’re looking for fun, creativity and a great experience – click the link below. 


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