Explore Calke Abbey, the un-stately home

Sir Vauncey's bedroom at Calke Abbey, Midlands

The house is open every day from 11am. Find out what to expect from your house visit here, and discover why Calke Abbey is affectionately known as the 'un-stately' home.

Welcome back inside the house 

In line with government guidance, the house is now open every day from 11am–4.30pm (last entry 4pm). A separate ticket for the house is available from the Ticket Office (free for National Trust members).

We'll be operating a queue system outside the house to limit numbers indoors. We kindly ask you to leave big bags at home (or wear them on your front) to protect the collections inside. When you enter the house, volunteers will be on hand to let you know how you can help to keep everyone safe indoors during your visit. 

There are chairs to sit on inside should you need them, and a virtual tour is available on the ground floor. Please note there are no toilets at the house. 

Please note that the second-floor rooms remain closed at this time due to a shortage of room guides. Unfortunately, we can't open these rooms without a staff or volunteer presence, but we're recruiting new volunteers and hope to open the entire house for the spring season.

What is the 'un-stately' home? 

Calke Abbey is the house where time stood still, vividly portraying a period in the twentieth century when many country houses did not survive to tell their story.

When the house was handed to the National Trust in 1985, many of its rooms had been adandoned for decades and were in a state of rapid decline. We've decided not to restore these rooms, but rather preserve them as they were found. 

As you wander through the mansion, you'll discover abandoned rooms, peeling wallpaper and a vast collection of strange and unique objects – presented and preserved exactly as we found them. 

Discover a sense of abandonment in the Servant's Hall
The Servant's Hall at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire
Discover a sense of abandonment in the Servant's Hall

A house of hidden stories

Discover deep and complex stories of a family who amassed a huge collection of hidden treasures. Learn the history of these fascinating and often strange possessions, which includes stuffed animals, family portraits and the stunning state bed.

Begin your journey in the entrance hall and explore the well-kept rooms at the front of the house, including the grand dining room, the library and the saloon, where you'll find an assortment of fascinating objects.

As you make your way towards the servants' quarters, experience the sense of abandonment in the school room and Sir Vauncey's childhood bedroom. Discover hidden stories and forgotten spaces in this unique house. 

Broken chairs are still upturned in the kitchen at Calke Abbey
Areas of the dilapidated kitchen at National Trust Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
Broken chairs are still upturned in the kitchen at Calke Abbey