Get the most out of your day
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 (usually 7.30am to 7.30pm), 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!
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.
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!
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.