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 every day during the summer season for you to explore. In the mornings (11am–12.30pm) you can explore the ground-floor rooms of the house, including the recently opened family apartments. The main house opens at 12.30pm (not including the family apartments) and closes at 5pm.
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 house, only small handbags can be taken around the house – larger bags can be left with a room guide at your own risk.
The garden is open from 10am to 5pm daily. Wander through the walled kitchen gardens, see faded grandeur in the Orangery and take a relaxing walk around the Pleasure Grounds. Members – you can now go straight to the gardens without a ticket, just show your card at the ticket check point and head on up!
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.
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. In the house, you'll learn about two fascinating women from Calke's past. Outdoors, take a tour of a newly excavated garden tunnel, or discover something you never knew existed in the wider parkland...
Learn more about Hidden Revealed and find themed events throughout the year 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 to 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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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.