Calke Unlocked: a tour with a twist (age 14+)

Museum tours not for you? Want to have a little fun with history instead? Introducing Calke Unlocked – an irreverent, behind-the-scenes house tour at Calke Abbey.

  • Booking essential
  • Admission applies

What's a Calke Unlocked tour like, you ask? It's high-energy, loads of fun, interactive and just a little bit naughty. Our unique tour leaders are experts in the obscure and collectors of hidden stories.

Together you’ll uncover behind-the-scenes snippets, share scandalous secrets and back stories, and explore the un-stately home.

Booking is essential to give you that VIP experience. Please note this is fast-paced experience and involves lots of stairs.

Tours are available every Wednesday and Saturday in August and September, and last around 90 minutes.

Prices

Event ticket prices
  • All £8.50
View admission charges
Calke Abbey

Prices

Park and Gardens
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £7.00
Child N/A £3.50
Family N/A £17.50
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £6.65
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £3.35
House
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £11.00 £10.00
Child £5.50 £5.00
Family £27.50 £25.00
Group Adult N/A £9.50
Group Child N/A £4.75

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

The admission fee to the Parkland and Gardens applies to all non-members, whether arriving by car, bike or on foot. This supports vital conservation work in the outdoors at Calke Abbey, so that we can protect this special place for everyone, for ever. There is no car parking charge.

Admission to the House is in addition to the Parkland and Gardens, and is available from the Ticket Office. Please note that there may be a queue outside at busier times.

The basics

Booking details
Call 0844 249 1895
Suitability
Sorry, this tour isn't suitable for children under 14
Meeting point
All booked in? Meet us at the Ticket Office; your friendly Tour Guide will be the one waving madly.
What to bring and wear
We'll bring the fun – you bring bags of energy and a little sense of humour.
Accessibility
Due the slightly wonky nature of the house, unfortunately this tour isn't suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.

Contact Info

Name
Property office
Email
calkeabbey@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01332 863822

Upcoming events

Let's Play at Calke Abbey

Sun 14 Aug 2022
09:30-17:00
The Garden of Imagination returns to the Walled Kitchen Garden from Sat 9 July to Sun 4 September for another fun filled adventure, where children can run wild and play to their heart’s content.

Guided Tours of Staunton Harold Church

Sun 14 Aug 2022
10:30-11:30
Join your volunteer guide to explore inside Staunton Harold Church. Hear stories of the Shirley family and see the decorative interior of this rare and important church.

Guided Ride: the Tramway Trail

Mon 15 Aug 2022
10:15-11:30
Join us on a guided ride of the Tramway Trail - perfect if you're new to cycling, haven't ridden for many years, are returning to cycling after an injury or want to build confidence on your bike.

Calke Unlocked: a tour with a twist (age 14+)

Wed 17 Aug 2022
10:00-11:30
Museum tours not for you? Want to have a little fun with history instead? Introducing Calke Unlocked – an irreverent, behind-the-scenes house tour at Calke Abbey.

Trees old and new walk, Thurs 1 Sept

Thu 01 Sep 2022
14:00-16:00
Some of Calke’s Trees are over a thousand years old and some have only just been planted. Learn a few of the stories behind both the old and the new as well as enjoying a good walk through the park.

Twilight walk at Calke, Fri 9 Sept

Fri 09 Sep 2022
18:30-20:30
Join our guides for a twilight walk to see all that Calke has to offer as the night draws in. This walk is now fully booked - sorry for any disappointment this causes.