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 the bare bones of the winter garden, we can help you get the most out of your visit.
Visiting the house and gardens
The house is now closed for the winter season, but there's a hive of activity behind closed doors as the house team undertake the big winter clean. We'll be cleaning and inspecting every room on the visitor route, from the collections themselves to the walls and carpets around them. This vital work helps to preserve Calke's history for the future.
For a sneak behind closed doors this winter, why not book onto a VIP Calke Unlocked tour? These fast-paced, slightly bonkers tours are perfect for anyone seeking a different experience at Calke. Search Calke Unlocked to book your spot.
The winter garden is open from 10am–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, but don't forget the poo bags!
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 Christmas crowds.
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. Follow the signs along the driveway to find Calke Explore.
Calke Explore is now open from dawn until dusk every day! The Food and Beverage kiosk is open at weekends and peak times from 10am–3pm.
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. 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, located in the Stableyards, is open daily from 10am–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.
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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.