Get the most out of your day at Calke
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 open daily from 11am–5pm daily. From 11am–4pm, explore HumanKind in the family apartments, a new immersive exhibition sharing new stories about six members of Calke's household (keep scrolling for more info). The main house opens at 12.30pm, last entry at 4.15pm.
Admission is by timed ticket, so pop into the Ticket Office when you arrive to avoid long waiting times on busy days. Members will also need a timed ticket to go inside the house. To help us protect this historic building, only small handbags can be taken around the house – please leave larger bags in your car, or otherwise be ready to leave them with a member of the team at your own risk.
The garden is open from 10am–5pm daily. Wander through the walled kitchen gardens, see faded grandeur in the Orangery and enjoy a crisp winter walk around the Pleasure Grounds. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed in the gardens at this time of year.
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.
If you prefer to embark on a guided walk, our park guides will be happy to lead the way. Check our events pages to find themed walks, or join our regular guided walks on a Tuesday, Friday or Saturday (March–October).
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.
Experience the outdoors at Calke Explore
If you're visiting Calke for it's 600-acre historic and inspiring parkland, why not start your day at Calke Explore? Nestled in a peaceful woodland area, Calke Explore offers more opportunites for visitors of all ages and abilities to get back to nature.
You'll find a car park, toilet facilities, a Changing Places toilet and a Food and Beverage kiosk. Keep exploring to find walking and cycling routes, exciting natural play areas in the woods, and spaces for relaxation and reflection.
Calke Explore is open from dawn until dusk daily, and the Food and Beverage kiosk opens from 10am to 3pm at weekends and peak times. Follow the signs along the driveway to find Calke Explore.
HumanKind at Calke Abbey
To mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Henry Harpur, 'The Isolated Baronet', this year we're exploring stories of loneliness and isolation, kindness and compassion, past and present. With a new immersive exhibition in the family apartments, outdoor installations and themed events, there are lots of things to see and do as part of HumanKind.
We're working in collaboration with the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries at the University of Leicester on this exciting project, and you can find out more about what it means to you by using the link below.
Treat yourself to a little piece of Calke (or cake)
Calke’s gift shop, located in the Stableyards, is open daily from 10am–5pm. You can also find plenty of places to refresh and refuel at Calke – the restaurant is open every day from 10am to 5pm, 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.
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. You'll pay the park admission fee at the park entry hut along the driveway – if you're cycling or walking, you can pop into the Ticket Office to pay.
If you’re a member, don’t forget to bring your membership card on your next visit – every time we scan it Calke Abbey receives a ‘member credit’ which enables us to continue our essential conservation work.
All our admission charges can be found on the homepage. It's thanks to your visits that we can protect unique places like Calke Abbey. Thank you for your support.
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Love Calke? Why not become a National Trust member, and receive free entry to over 500 special places for a year?
Pop into the Ticket Office to speak to a member of staff about the benefits of becoming a member, and discover how our members help us to keep Calke alive.