Uncover hidden stories at Calke Abbey

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Visitors peering through a door in the stableyard at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

There are plenty of stories waiting to be told at Calke Abbey – the country house in decline. This year, we’re revealing more of Calke’s hidden stories, collections and spaces as part of our Hidden Revealed project.

The ‘forbidden’ estate

Calke Abbey was once the home of the reclusive and private Harpur Crewe family, who kept Calke hidden away until the estate and its collections were handed to the National Trust in 1985.

When the gates were unlocked and the shutters opened, a country house in decline was revealed. Abandoned rooms were packed full of treasures, the courtyards overgrown and the park had become a haven for wildlife.

Three decades later, there are still areas of Calke that are rarely seen and many stories yet to be discovered.

A framed view of the School Room at Calke Abbey
The School Room at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Discover something new on every visit

This year, we’ll be opening new spaces for you to explore, uncovering forgotten objects and showing you parts of the estate that often go unnoticed. There are lots of Hidden Revealed themed events taking place throughout the year – why not take a look at our seasonal highlights below?

With each visit to the un-stately home, you’re helping us to preserve Calke’s unique history. It’s thanks to your support that we can uncover and share more of Calke’s hidden secrets. 

Visitors in the wine cellar at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Hidden Revealed seasonal highlights 

Make the most of your visit and uncover more of Calke's secrets at one of our Hidden Revealed events.

A Brimstone butterfly at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Calke's creature of the month 

Fascinated by all the wildlife at Calke? Each month, we'll be taking a closer look at the creatures that live in Calke's ancient and varied parkland.