Get the most out of your day at Calke

Calke park on a frost winter morning

To help keep our visitors, staff, volunteers and local community safe, we've made some changes so your visit will be a little different from what you're used to. In this article, you'll find everything you need to know about what's open, how to book a visit, and what to expect. Please follow the guidance below to help us keep Calke open safely.

What's open to visit?   

The parkland at Calke Abbey remains open for local visitors to access fresh air and open space for exercise, in line with government guidelines. 

The government provides guidance on travel and exercise on their website, which states that you should not travel outside of your local area – meaning outside of the village, town or part of the city where you live. We encourage visitors to check this guidance before booking a visit.

Due to National lockdown restrictions, the house, gardens and shop are now closed, and the restaurant is serving a limited takeaway offer. 

How to visit

To help us limit numbers and maintain social distancing at Calke, please book your visit in advance. To avoid disappointment, we strongly recommend booking at busier times such as weekends, school holidays and bank holidays.

New tickets are released on a Friday for the following week. You'll need to book your tickets by 3pm the day before your visit.

In line with government guidelines, you're required to wear a face covering in indoor places, unless you're exempt, so please bring one with you.

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How to book

You can book your visit via the What's On page of the website. 

You are booking for a 30-minute arrival time to Calke Abbey; please arrive within your timeslot. Access to the parkland and visitor facilities are included in your booking. If you're more than 10 minutes late, your entry will be at the discretion of the property staff and will be based on visitor numbers and the ability to maintain social distancing.

Entry is free for members, but please bring all membership cards with you. You'll need to enter a valid membership card number for each member booking and membership cards will be checked on entry. Non-members will need to pay.

Please note that if you have booked to arrive in the first timeslot (9.30–10am Monday to Friday or 9–9.30am at weekends), the entrance gates will be closed before this time, so there is no need to arrive early.

Need to cancel? 

We understand that some visitors may need to cancel their visit following the latest government restrictions. If you can no longer visit, we appreciate you cancelling your booking as soon as possible to make the tickets available for other visitors. 

If you're a member, the option to change or cancel your booking can be found on your confirmation email by selecting ‘view and manage’ underneath your order summary. Members can also cancel bookings through the Eventbrite website. 

If you're not a member and you need to change your booking, please contact our central booking office on 0344 249 1895 and we’ll try to accommodate your request. Our terms and conditions at the time of booking state no refunds.

Exploring the parkland

The gates are open daily from 9.30am–5.30pm, so there's plenty of time to explore the wider estate as part of your local exercise. If you're enjoying walkies with your four-legged friends, please be considerate to other visitors and bring a lead and plenty of poo bags, just in case. 

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. There are some one-way systems in place: please look out for signs to guide your way, especially if you are planning to follow the blue or pink waymarked routes.

The maroon walk between the deer park and Staunton Harold Reservoir remains closed at this time.

Due to the rapid spread of Ash Dieback throughout the UK, a disease which is causing devastating loss to our woodlands, we're currently undertaking some tree felling work at Calke Abbey as part of our efforts to manage the disease. This means that parts of the Tramway Trail will be closed from January onwards, and there may be traffic signals and road closures in surrounding areas. 

For more information about Ash Dieback and how this work may affect your visit, please click on the link below. 

Ash dieback will cause loss of trees at National Trust Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Tackling ash dieback at Calke Abbey

Ash dieback is affecting the majority of the UK's ash tree population, including many trees at Calke Abbey. Read about the work we're doing to manage the disease here.

Calke Explore is open for outdoor adventures

The car park at Calke Explore remains open, offering more opportunities to explore the wider estate and get back to nature this winter. 

From Calke Explore, you can easily access walking and cycling routes, exciting natural play areas in the woods, and spaces for relaxation and reflection. The natural play area remains open for you to explore; however, the badger sett is currently closed. 

The toilets, Changing Places facilities, and Food and Beverage kiosk are all open, and included in your booking. 

Keeping refreshed during your visit

Calke’s gift shop and second-hand bookshop, located in the Stableyards, are currently closed. However, the restaurant is open every day from 9.30am–4pm, serving a small selection of takeaway refreshments. Please remember to bring a face covering with you. 

Every penny you spend at Calke helps us to protect and preserve this unique place – for ever, for everyone.

Planning another National Trust visit?

There are lots of places open for you to visit, including gardens and parks, and coast and countryside sites. Each special place may be open in a different way, so check out the link below to help you plan your next visit.