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Calke Abbey House and Estate


Built for the Harpur family in 1703, Calke Abbey (often called The House That Time Forgot) has remained virtually unaltered since the death of the last baronet, Sir Vauncey Harpur Crewe in 1924. 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.

Owned and managed by the National Trust, Calke Abbey is set in beautiful parkland containing ponds, ancient oaks and open pasture.

Calke deer park contains a herd of over one hundred fallow and red deer. The large parkland trees scattered throughout the park are mainly oaks and are remnants of a vast forest that historically covered much of this area. These ‘veteran’ oaks are important for the invertebrates (beetles, flies and bugs) that thrive on them. This is because of the amount of dead timber that occurs both on standing trees and on fallen limbs or trunks on the ground.

Much of Calke Park is a National Nature Reserve (NNR) and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Look out for parkland birds like nuthatch, tree-creeper, little owls and all three species of British woodpeckers. Within the park, areas of bracken are being controlled to allow grasses and herbs to come through. These areas are grazed by longhorn cattle during the autumn and part of the winter.

Toilets are open year round from dawn to dusk. Opening times for the restaurant, shop and Calke Abbey itself vary. Dogs are not permitted in the house or formal gardens but are allowed on leads within the estate.

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Description of Facilities

On site toilets, restaurant/cafe (seating 180), licensed bar, gift shop, picnic area, site ranger/tour guide available - pre booking required (please contact for prices).

Disabled Facilities:

Designated disabled toilets, designated disabled parking

Loads to see and do key

Accepts Credit Cards Accepts Credit Cards
Baby Changing Facilities Baby Changing Facilities
Car Parking Car Parking
Children Welcome Children Welcome
Children's Play Area Children's Play Area
Coach Parking Coach Parking
Disabled Parking Disabled Parking
Disabled Toilets Disabled Toilets
Dogs Allowed on Leads Only Dogs Allowed on Leads Only
Educational Activities Educational Activities
Gift Shop Gift Shop
Information Centre Information Centre
Licenced Licenced
Picnic Area Picnic Area
Toilets Toilets
Walking Trails Walking Trails

Upcoming Events

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Calke Alive 18th Century
07 March 2015
12:30 to 16:00

Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derbyshire DE73 7LE. Sir John and Dame Catherine Harpur invite you to their new house to meet some of the characters who lived and worked at Calke in the 18th century. Tel: 01332 863822 Email: Web: Price: Normal admission charges apply

Curly Magpie Vintage & Handmade Fair
22 March 2015
11:00 to 16:00

The 'Curly Magpie at Calke Abbey' Vintage & Handmade Fair will he held on Sunday 22nd March 2015 from 11am-4pm in the Riding School. Calke Abbey Park and Stables admission charges apply.

Adults £3.20 - Children £1.60 - National Trust Members FREE.

For more details please contact Curly Magpie by email or find us on Facebook or Twitter. Website

Stargazing at Calke Abbey
28 March 2015
19:00 to 22:00

Discover the sky at night as you stargaze on the estate. Leicester Astronomical Society will be on hand to lend you their telescopes and share their knowledge. Homemade vegetarian soup and a roll included. There will be an indoor alternative if there are adverse weather conditions.Tel: 01332 863822; Email:; Web:; Price: Adult £6, Child £4, Family £16 (2a+2c). Booking essential. Normal admission charges apply.

Spring Walk
29 March 2015
From 13:45

Meet at Round House near the ticket office. Come along and join us for a Spring Walk around Calke Abbey, taking in the ponds, wetlands and woods of the area. One of a series of walks in the Get Active in the Forest programme. Tel: 01283 563483; Email:;; Price: £1.

Easter Extravaganza
30 March 2015
10:00 to 12:00

Come and meet some war time characters from Calke in the 1940's. Help the war effort with some make do and mend and then join us for a tea dance in the Riding School at 2.30pm. Tel: 01332 863822; Email:;; Price: Normal admission charges apply.

Calke Alive 20th Century
30 March 2015
12:30 to 16:00

Come and meet some war time characters from Calke in the 1940's. Help the war effort with some make do and mend and then join us for a tea dance in the Riding School at 2.30pm. Tel: 01332 863822; Email:;; Price: Normal admission charges apply.

Ranger Ramble
02 April 2015
From 14:00

Join a ranger on a ramble through our woodlands and learn a little more about this precious habitat and some of its interesting flora and fauna. Tel: 01332 863822; Email:; Web:; Price: Normal admission charges apply.

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail
03 April 2015 to 05 April 2015
11:00 to 15:30

Follow the Easter trail that will lead you to your Cadbury prize. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tel: 01332 863822; Email:;; Price: Child £3.50. Normal admission charges apply to park and garden.

What the Harpur-Crewes built Exhibition
04 April 2015 to 19 April 2015
11:00 to 16:00

An exhibition in the Riding School showcasing the entries and winners of the Calke Abbey photography competition. Be inspired to take your own photos of the estate. Tel: 01332 863822; Email:; Web:; Price: Normal admission charges apply.

Kite Flying Day
12 April 2015
11:00 to 16:00

Join us for our annual kite flying day. The Midland Kite Fliers will thrill you with their skills. Bring your own kite, buy one here, or make one in our workshop. Tel: 01332 863822 Email: Price: Normal admission charges apply.


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Calke Abbey
DE73 7LE

01332 863822

01332 865272

Opening times

House, Sat - Wed (22 Feb - 2 Nov), 12.30pm - 5pm
Garden, Daily, 10am - 5pm
Restaurant & Shop, Daily (Mar - Oct), 10am - 5pm
Restaurant & Shop, Daily (Nov - Feb), 10am - 4pm
Calke Park and National Nature Reserve, Daily, 7.30am - 7.30pm (dusk if earlier)
End of Era Tours, Thurs & Fri (22 Feb - 2 Nov), 11am - 4pm
Whole Estate, 25 December, Closed


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3.6m height barrier.  Alternative entrance can be aranged upon request for group visits in coaches.