Get the most out of your day at Calke
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 autumn.
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 note that the second-floor rooms remain closed at this time due to a shortage of room guides. Find more information about visiting the house below.
The children's play area in the Stableyards (near the main car park) is now open.
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). The ground and first-floor rooms are open, along with the kitchen and tunnels; however, the second-floor rooms are currently closed due to a shortage of room guides. Unfortunately we can't open these rooms without a room guide presence, but we're recruiting new volunteers and hope to open the whole house for the spring season.
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 and discover autumn colour sweeping across the landscape. 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.
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 autumn.
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.