Get the most out of your day
There's lots to see and do at Calke Abbey. Whether you want to find the best seasonal walks or discover new rooms in the house, we can help you get the most out of your visit.
Visiting the house and gardens
The house is currently closed for the winter season, and will re-open its doors again in early spring. This allows the house team to get stuck into the big winter clean, which is a vital part of our conservation work here at Calke. You can find out more about our winter conservation work at the bottom of this page.
For the first time, we've trialled winter opening in the gardens so you can see the bare bones of Calke's garden. From 1 Jan, the garden is open daily from 10am to 3pm. Wander through the walled kitchen gardens, see faded grandeur in the Orangery and take a relaxing walk around the Pleasure Grounds.
During the winter, we're also allowing your four-legged friends into the gardens, as long as they're on short leads! Don't forget the poo bags – cleaning up after your dog helps us to keep Calke clean.
Explore 600 acres of parkland
The gates are open from dawn until dusk, so there’s plenty of time to explore the wider estate during your visit.
Pick up a park map to find a range of walking routes, or download our best seasonal walks from the website. You’re welcome to head off the beaten track and create your own walk through meadows, wetlands and woodland – it’s a great way to avoid the crowds.
We love seeing your four-legged friends at Calke, but please be considerate to other visitors and bring a lead and plenty of poo bags – just in case!
Hidden Revealed at Calke
For 2018, we’re embarking on a project to unearth forgotten stories, spaces and collections at Calke.
Look out for Hidden Revealed events and discover more about Calke's fascinating past. Find out more about Hidden Revealed below:
Treat yourself to a little piece of Calke (or cake)
Calke’s gift shop, located in the Stableyards, is open daily from 10am to 4pm. You can also find plenty of places to refresh and refuel at Calke – the restaurant is open every day from 10am to 4pm, serving a delicious selection of hearty meals, lunches, cakes and drinks. During busy periods, we open our café and some pop-up outlets, such as the BBQ and ice-cream tent.
Every penny you spend at Calke helps us to protect and preserve this unique place – for ever, for everyone.
Admission and membership
We charge a per-person park admission charge for non-members, which allows you access to 600 acres of parkland and the facilities in the Stableyards. If you’re a member, don’t forget to bring your membership card – every time we scan it Calke Abbey receives a ‘member credit’ which enables us to continue our essential conservation work.
It's thanks to your visits that we can protect unique places like Calke Abbey. Thank you for your support.