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Calke Abbey (National Trust)

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 the tales of an eccentric 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.

Don't miss

  • Discover an 'un-stately home'
  • Follow the twists and turns of the Brewhouse Tunnel
  • Stroll in the beautiful walled garden and see the orangery
  • Explore Calke Park and its National Nature Reserve
  • Discover 'the old man of Calke', a 1,000-year-old oak
  • Have fun with tracker packs and our discovery trails

Contact Details and Map

DE73 7LE

Tel: 01332 863822

Email: calkeabbey@nationaltrust.org.uk

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/calke

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Getting here and parking

By Road

On A514 at Ticknall between Swadlincote and Melbourne. Access from M42/A42 exit 13 and A50 Derby South. Entry via Ticknall main entrance only

Local Bus Services

Arriva 61, Derby – Swadlincote (passing close to Derby train station), alight at Ticknall, then 1 mile walk through Park to House.

Nearest Train Station

Derby 9 miles, Burton-on-Trent 10 miles


Opening Hours

Calke Park and National Nature Reserve, Daily, 7.30am - 7.30pm (dusk if earlier) House, Sun - Wed 12.30 - 5pm, Closed Nov - Feb Themed House Tours, Thurs - Fri 11am - 4pm, Closed Nov - Feb Garden/Stables, Daily 11am - 5pm, Closed Nov - Feb Restaurant & Shop, Daily 10.30am - 5pm (4pm Nov - Feb) Conservation tour, Sun - Wed 11am - 12pm, Closed Nov - Feb

Open all year round Christmas Day


Children: £1 - Park/stables, £4.50 - House/garden, £2.40 - Garden

Adults: £2.20, £8.80 - House/garden, £4.60 - Garden

Family Ticket: £5.40 - Park/stables, £22.40 - House/garden, £12.10 - Garden

Group Discounts available


  • Baby changing facilities available
  • Cafe on site
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Fully accessible disabled toilet available
  • Gift shop(s) on site
  • Picnic Site/tables available
  • Public toilets available
  • Restaurant on site
  • Wedding Facilities Available

Schools and education

  • Education/study area available
  • School packages available
  • School tours available

Guides, tours and information

  • Visitor information is available
  • Visitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Guided tours available for groups


Entering the building/attraction

  • The entrance is flat

Access, lifts and ramps

  • There is level access to the main public areas
  • Some areas can only be reached using staircases

Main pathways into and around the venue

  • Routes and/or pathways are suitable for wheelchair users and visitors with limited mobility
  • The main pathways/routes are tarmac
  • The main pathways/routes are gravel

Children and babies

  • Children welcome
  • Baby changing facilities available
  • Pushchairs/children carriers available to borrow

Services for the visually impaired

  • Guide dogs allowed
  • There is good contrast between the floor and walls
  • There is clear signage throughout the attraction (i.e. colour contrasted, large lettering, use of pictograms etc)

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