Get the most out of your day at Calke
There's lots to see and do at Calke Abbey all year round. Whether you want to find the best spring walks or explore inside the 'un-stately home', we can help you get the most out of your visit.
Visiting the house and gardens
The house is open from 11am–5pm every day. From 11am–4pm, explore HumanKind in the family apartments, an 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. Members will also need a timed ticket to go inside the house. To help us protect this historic building, please leave large bags in your car and be prepared to leave pushchairs in the entrance hall – we'll lend you a baby carrier or hip-seat to make your visit easier.
The garden is open from 10am–5pm. The admission fee paid at the park entry point includes the gardens, so don't leave your ticket in the car! You'll need to show this (or your membership card) on the way to the gardens.
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 spring walks below. 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.
Don't let rainy days keep you indoors – the Tramway Trail is the perfect all-weather route with hard surfaces, great for walks, wheels and paws! Click the link below to find the route.
We love meeting 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!
Outdoor adventures all year round
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 now open from dawn until dusk every day. The Food and Beverage kiosk is open at weekends, 10am–3pm.
HumanKind at Calke Abbey
To mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Henry Harpur, 'The Isolated Baronet', 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 and second-hand bookshop, located in the Stableyards, are 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–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.
How much does it cost?
We charge a per-person outdoor admission fee for non-members, which allows access to 600 acres of parkland, the gardens and stableyards. You'll pay the outdoor 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 the 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.