Opening times for 30 November 2023
Asset Opening time House Closed Calke Park National Nature Reserve 09:30 - 16:30 Garden 09:30 - 16:00 Restaurant 09:30 - 16:00 Shop 09:30 - 16:00 Stables 09:30 - 16:00 Cycle Hire Closed
Nature's Home is open on Saturdays and Sundays on the ground floor of the House from 11 Nov, excluding Christmas at Calke weekends. Guided tours are also available in the house from 6 Nov. Visit the house webpage to find out more about both events. Partially open means that one or more aspects of Calke are shut. This will be displayed as closed under the list of opening times.MTWTFSS3031123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930123
Park and Gardens
Ticket type Gift aid Standard Adult £7.00 Child £3.50 Family £17.50 Group Adult £6.65 Group Child £3.35
Ticket type Gift aid Standard Adult £12.10 £11.00 Child £6.10 £5.50 Family £30.30 £27.50 Group Adult £10.45 Group Child £3.18
Assistance dogs only
Welcome in all areas of Calke.
Enjoy light refreshments from the kiosk at Calke Explore.
Browse the second-hand bookshop by the shop.
Licenced for civil weddings
Enjoy a country-style barn wedding in the Riding School.
Enjoy light refreshments in the café.
Plants on sale outside the restaurant.
The main car park is adjacent to the Ticket Office. There is an additional car park at Calke Explore.
Enjoy hot and cold drinks, tasty snacks and light meals.
Dogs are free to roam the parkland under close control. They're welcome in the stableyards, gardens, restaurant, shop and second-hand bookshop, provided they're on a short lead.
Browse the shop for special gifts.
Electric vehicle charging point
Three AC electric charging points are available in the car park at Calke Explore. Chargers can be accessed using mobile app, ChargePoint, or contactless payment device. Visit our EV charging partner, RAW Charging's website (www.rawcharging.com/drivers) to download the app before your visit.
Located in the stableyards, gardens and at Calke Explore.
Explore the gardens and parkland with a guided tour.
Designated accessible parking in the main car park and at Calke Explore. Accessible toilets available in the stableyards, gardens and at Calke Explore. Wheelchair and tramper available to borrow. Gardens and parkland have hard gravel paths and some steep slopes.
Accessible route and/or map
Accessible routes are available to the gardens, the ground floor of the house and around the restaurant, café and shop. At Calke Explore, there is a short wheelchair and mobility scooter friendly trail, and the multi-use Tramway Trial.
Level access to shop
The floor is even and the entrance is through the restaurant.
Available in the stableyards, gardens, and at Calke Explore.
Level access to the restaurant, café and shop.
Braille (guide or menu)
Speak to a member of the team at the ticket office to borrow a copy.
Powered mobility vehicle available
Tramper available for use throughout the gardens and areas of the parkland; however, it's strongly recommended that you pre-book.
Available at Calke Explore
Available inside and outside of the café and restaurant, in the house, and gardens, or there are benches and an outdoor seating area at Calke Explore.
Available in the main car park adjacent to the Ticket Office and at Calke Explore.
In the Kitchen Garden, orchard area of the Physic Garden and park, there are areas of uneven terrain. The house and orangery both have steps, and the grotto and ice house are not wheelchair accessible.
Available at Calke in the Ticket Office, house, restaurant and café, shop, or at Calke Explore by the till counter of the kiosk.
A buggy service is available daily from November – February from 10.30am – 2.30pm (subject to volunteer availability), providing visitors with mobility needs or wheelchair users access to the house and gardens from the ticket office.
Large print (guide or menu)
Available to borrow where written information is in place.
Virtual tour, room and object guides are available in the entrance hall to the house on request.
Level access to food outlet
Entrance to the restaurant and café both have a level path.
Available upon request subject to availability from the Ticket Office.
on A514 at Ticknall between Swadlincote and Melbourne. Access from M42/A42 exit 13 and A50 Derby South. Entry via Ticknall main entrance only.
Parking: no parking charge, but per person admission price applies (see Prices section for more details). 3.6-metre height restriction on archway
Sat Nav: If using SatNav please use postcode DE73 7JF, or use latitude and longitude coordinates 52.808253, -1.472834
Derby 9½ miles; Burton-on-Trent 10 miles
From Burton-upon-Trent (High Street): Midland Classic to Swadlincote Bus Station (Routes 4, 9, 19) and then Arriva (Route 2) and alight at Ticknall (Calke Abbey Entrance). From Derby Bus Station: Arriva (Route 2) and alight at Ticknall (Calke Abbey Entrance). From the entrance, it's a 1½ mile walk through the park.
Calke Abbey is a three pawprint rated place. Visiting with your dog is one of the best ways to explore Calke's vast parkland, gardens and stableyards.
Take a look at the map of Calke Abbey to help plan your visit.
The Riding School at Calke Abbey is the perfect venue for a country-style barn wedding, nestled among 600 acres of country estate and rustic gardens – find out how to book your wedding here.
600-acre historic parkland with National Nature Reserves, ancient oaks including 1,200-year-old ‘Old Man of Calke’, deer park and secluded ponds.
Walled garden bursting with seasonal colour, home to a rare surviving auricula theatre, domed orangery, faded glasshouses and gardener’s bothy.
Baroque-style mansion with peeling paintwork and abandoned rooms, portraying the dramatic decline of a country house estate.
Preserved as they were found, historic stableyard and riding school, created to house and exercise thoroughbred racehorses.
St Giles Church
Overlooking the estate is a 19th-century restored church with bell tower, Gothic revival windows, glass window and family monuments.
Outdoor recreation area with natural play, cycle hire, walking trails, car park, toilets, Changing Places facility and refreshments kiosk.
Restaurant and café in the Stableyard, takeaway refreshments at Calke Explore and seasonal pop-up outlets year-round.
Gift shop, second-hand bookshop and plant sales in the Stableyard.
From Christmas light and illuminations to meet and greets with Father Christmas and Mrs Claus, find out how you can celebrate the festive season at Calke Abbey in 2023.
Take a break from Christmas planning and treat yourself and a loved one to an afternoon tea in the café.
Explore more of Calke Abbey on a guided tour, walk or talk – from behind-the-scenes tours in the house to garden and parkland rambles.
Find inspiration for family days out at Calke Abbey, with natural play trails, cycle hire at Calke Explore, and family activities to keep the kids entertained all year round.
Explore a vibrant and productive walled garden, look inside the faded glasshouses and explore Calke's fascinating collection of garden buildings.
Discover the 'un-stately' home at Calke Abbey, where peeling paint and abandoned rooms vividly portray a period when many country houses didn't survive.
Reconnect with nature and make yourself at home in acres of historic parkland on the Calke Abbey estate in Derbyshire.
Calke Explore is the perfect base to begin your outdoor adventures at Calke Abbey, with walking and cycling routes, natural play areas and facilities for everyone.
The Tramway Trail at Calke Abbey is an accessible, multi-use trail with a figure-of-eight route, so you can explore the wider estate at your own pace.
Enjoy a leisurely walk from Calke Abbey to nearby Staunton Harold, with views over the reservoir, arable fields and woodland.
Take a peaceful stroll through the historic parkland of Calke Abbey into Casey's Plantation, a new area of woodland where over 10,000 young trees are now growing.
There are plenty of places to refresh and refuel at Calke Abbey, where you'll find a café, shop, second-hand bookshop and seasonal pop-up facilities throughout the year.
An intriguing pentagonal gate lodge with elegant interiors surrounded by Calke Abbey parkland.
The perfect get-together pad with seven bedrooms, a large garden and miles of parkland walks.
A beautifully restored thatched cottage with a modern rustic interior, set within Calke Abbey.
A cosy cottage packed full of character features and with stunning views over the Calke Estate.
Follow in the footsteps of the people who kept this great house running like clockwork. Learn about life as a servant at Calke and explore rooms not normally open to the public.
With peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards, Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a country house estate. The house and stables are little restored, with many abandoned areas vividly portraying a period in the 20th century when numerous country houses did not survive to tell their story.
Discover powerful stories of a family who amassed a vast collection of hidden treasures. Visit the beautiful, yet faded walled gardens and explore the orangery, auricula theatre and the kitchen gardens. Escape into the ancient and fragile habitats of Calke Park and its National Nature Reserve.
• The stunning state silk bed, erected for the first time in 1985 after lying undiscovered since the 18th century
• Spot the ‘Old Man of Calke’, a 1,200 year old oak tree
• Visit the red and fallow deer in their restored enclosure
• Explore the Tramway Trail by bike or by foot
• Stroll through the pleasure grounds to the flower garden with its unique auricula theatre
Discover a collection of contrasts at Calke Abbey, from lavish treasures such as the State Bed to a vast collection of decaying household objects, natural history and more.
White-clawed crayfish have been successfully relocated from Calke Abbey to an Ark site. Discover more about this endangered species and the work we've carried out to help safeguard their future.
Rare hazel dormice have been reintroduced into the heart of the National Forest. Discover more about this endangered species and work we've carried out at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire to prepare for their arrival.
From everyday cleaning to specialist conservation, discover the work we do behind closed doors to preserve Calke Abbey and its collections for generations to come.
From wildlife and woodland management to historic planting in the garden, discover more about the vital conservation work we do in the outdoors at Calke Abbey.