Winter gardens at Calke Abbey

Winter orchard at National Trust Calke Abbey Derbyshire

Visit the sleeping walled gardens at Calke Abbey this winter and see the gardeners at work, preparing a beautiful show of flowers and vegetables for the next season. Calke's gardens are open from 10am–4pm every day.

Pops of winter colour

As the colours of autumn fades into winter, you'll find the bare bones of the winter garden. Now's the time to look out for berries, rose hips, holly and rowan, and follow your nose to find sweet-smelling Christmas box and Wintersweet in the Pleasure Grounds (near the green garden door). 

Garden buildings and glasshouses

Calke’s walled gardens are home to several fascinating buildings, from glorious glasshouses to preserved potting sheds.

Soak in the winter sun and explore faded beauty in the orangery, where exotic species were historically grown for both the table and display. You’ll notice several glass houses as you wander the walled gardens, many of which have undergone vital conservation over the past year to keep them watertight.

Discover the workings of the gardens in the back sheds, where boilers once burned through the Derbyshire winter. You can still see these industrial features today.

Soak up the winter sun in Calke's Orangery
The orangery and glass houses at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
Soak up the winter sun in Calke's Orangery

A welcome place for walkies

Well-behaved dogs are now welcome in the gardens throughout winter until Fri 21 Feb, so you can explore more of Calke without leaving your four-legged friends out.

Please make sure that dogs are on short leads, and don’t forget to scoop that poop – it helps us keep Calke’s gardens clean for all visitors to enjoy.

When you soak in the peaceful atmosphere in the autumn gardens, we can continue bringing the borders to life each year. Thank you for your support. 

Winter dog walks in the Pleasure Grounds at Calke Abbey
Winter dog walks in the pleasure Grounds at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire
Winter dog walks in the Pleasure Grounds at Calke Abbey