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 currently closed for conservation work during the winter season, and will open to visitors on Sat 2 March. You can find out more about the big winter clean through the link at the bottom of this page.
The garden is open during the winter from 10am to 4pm daily. Wander through the walled kitchen gardens, see faded grandeur in the Orangery and enjoy a crisp winter walk around the Pleasure Grounds. Dogs on short leads are welcome in the gardens until February – don't forget to bring the poo bags, just in case!
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 to 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.
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.
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 it 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.
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.
Please note that we're making some improvements to the Middle Lodge pay point from Mon 21 Jan to Fri 22 Feb. There may be some disruption as you enter Calke Abbey – you can find out more about the work below.
Enjoyed your visit? Come back again, and again, and again...
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.