Get the most out of your day

Sir Vauncey's bedroom at Calke Abbey, Midlands

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   

In the mornings (11am – 12.30pm) you can explore the ground-floor rooms of the house, including the family apartments, which we’re revealing to visitors for the first time this year. 

The main house opens at 12.30pm (not including the family apartments) and closes at 5pm. Admission is by timed ticket, so pop into the Ticket Office when you arrive to avoid long waiting times on busy days. Members will also need a timed ticket.

The garden is open from 10am to 5pm. Wander through the walled kitchen gardens, see faded grandeur in the Orangery and take a relaxing walk around the Pleasure Grounds.

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.

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!

A waterfall along one of Calke Abbey's trails, Derbyshire

Winter walks in the park

Enjoy crisp winter walks at Calke and discover ancient trees, open meadows and hidden wetlands.

Hidden Revealed at Calke

This year, we’re embarking on a project to unearth forgotten stories, spaces and collections at Calke.

Look out for Hidden Revealed events, see the ‘object of the month’ in the house and explore new rooms in the house. Find out more about Hidden Revealed 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 5pm. You can also find plenty of places to refresh and refuel at Calke – the restaurant is open every day from 10am to 5pm, 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.

Calke abbey cream scone

Refresh and refuel at Calke

Enjoy a great range of food and drink during your visit, or try a Calke recipe for yourself.

For the kids… 

Squirt’s Stable, the indoor play area at Calke, is open at weekends and school holidays. Pop in to find dressing up, crafts and lots of activities for kids. If you prefer outdoor adventures, there’s an outdoor play area in the Stableyards – and 600 acres of parkland to explore!

A carved pumpkin in the tunnels at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire

Six reasons to visit Calke Abbey for half-term 

Already planning your October half-term activities? We've pulled together our top reasons to bring the kids to Calke for half-term Hallowe'en fun.

Admission and membership

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. If you’re a member, don’t forget to bring your membership card – every time we scan it Calke Abbey receives a ‘member credit’ which enables us to continue our essential conservation work.

It's thanks to your visits that we can protect unique places like Calke Abbey. Thank you for your support.