Get the most out of your day at Calke

The Flower Garden at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

As we begin to lift restrictions in line with government guidance, find out what to expect from your visit to Calke and plan a great day out this summer.

What's open to visit?   

The parkland is open from 9am every day, including Calke Explore. The garden, restaurant, shop and second-hand bookshop are all open from 9.30am daily. There are toilets in the stableyards, Calke Explore and in the gardens. 

The house is open daily from 11am to 4.30pm (last entry 4pm). Please read further guidance below if you're planning to visit the house this summer. 

At this time, the children's play area in the stableyards remains closed while we undertake essential repairs. We hope to re-open this area as soon as possible. 

How to visit

You no longer need to book your visit to Calke Abbey – the gates are open from 9am every day, so you can arrive at any time without booking. Please note that our quieter times are weekday afternoons.

Entry is free for members, but please bring all membership cards with you. Non-members are required to pay an admission fee, which allows entry to the parkland, gardens and Calke Explore (please check opening times for last entry details). 

Visiting the house

In line with government guidance, the house is open every day from 11am to 4.30pm (last entry 4pm). If you're visiting at the weekend or during the school summer holidays, you'll need to pop to the Ticket Office first for a house timed ticket, even if you are a National Trust member. 

We're operating a queue system outside the house to limit numbers indoors – we kindly ask you to leave big bags at home (or wear them on your front) to protect the collections inside. 

There are chairs to sit on inside should you need them, and a virtual tour is available on the ground floor. Please note there are no toilets at the house. 

Exploring the parkland

The gates are open daily from 9am–6pm, so there's plenty of time to explore the wider estate in the summer sunshine. 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. 

Sunrise over the pond at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Walking at Calke Abbey

Everyone needs a place to escape to. Immerse yourself in nature this summer on a peaceful walk in over 600 acres of inspiring parkland at Calke.

Calke Explore is open for outdoor adventures

The car park at Calke Explore is open from 9am, 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 toilets, Changing Places facilities, and Food and Beverage kiosk are all open, and included in general admission to Calke. 

Keeping refreshed during your visit

Calke’s gift shop and second-hand bookshop, located in the Stableyards, are now open every day from 9.30am–5pm, and the restaurant is serving our usual selection of refreshments. There is plenty of indoor seating in the restaurant, with additional seating outdoors and under cover in the hovel area (outside the café). 

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.