Guided tours at Calke Abbey

Calke Unlocked tours at National Trust Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

With a calendar of free guided tours and walks every day of the week, there are lots of ways you can explore more of Calke Abbey. Find out what tours are currently available, how to book and what to bring here.

What's on at Calke?

As restrictions begin to lift, we’re excited to bring back our full calendar of guided tours and walks in summer 2021. 

At present, we’re only able to offer garden tours and parkland walks – but please check back very soon for more details about house, stable and tunnel tours, coming soon…   

Garden tours

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 11.30am and 2pm 

Ever wondered what secrets are buried in Calke’s gardens? Join a garden guide to discover the hidden history of the walled gardens, tucked away in the wooded pleasure grounds – from its faded glasshouses and boiler buildings, to the abundance of vibrant flowers and colourful produce overflowing from the beds. 

Where to meet: Tours start at the front of the house by the sundial – look out for our garden guides in red shirts. Tours last approxinately 45–50 minutes.

Booking: Not needed, although tours are limited to 15 people to ensure you get the most out of your experience. Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

What to bring: Please wear suitable clothing for this outdoor tour, and consider bringing a brolly in case of wet weather. We’re not deterred by a bit of rain!

Accessibility: The garden paths are accessible for wheelchairs and mobility scooters, although there are some steps into the glasshouses. A tramper is available to book during your visit. 

Dogs: Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome to join a garden tour. 

Enjoy the fragrant aroma of sweet peas in the Physic Garden
Sweet pea tunnel in the Physic Garden at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
Enjoy the fragrant aroma of sweet peas in the Physic Garden

Park guided walks

Every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 11am and 2pm 

If only these trees could talk... Calke’s ancient parkland is steeped in history, from its roots as a religious ground to its status as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserve. So what stories does this vast landscape have to tell? Join our knowledgeable park guides to find out – whether you’re new to Calke or a seasoned walker, we guarantee you’ll discover something new on these fascinating rambles.  

Where to meet: Tours start outside the Ticket Office – look out for our park guides in red shirts. Walks last around 90 minutes. 

Booking: Not needed, although groups are limited to 20 people on a first come, first served basis.  

What to bring: We recommend wearing sturdy footwear, such as walking boots or comfortable wellies, and suitable clothing for the weather. On hot days we recommend bringing plenty of drinking water. 

Accessibility: There may be steps, uneven ground and hills, so these walks aren’t suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs – but we can be flexible and tailor walks to suit your ability. Speak to a park guide for more information.  

Dogs: Well-behaved dogs are welcome on a lead, except in the Deer Park – ask a park guide if today’s walk is suitable for dogs.