Elvaston Castle Country Park

Elvaston Castle and Estate is situated approximately 6.5 km southeast of Derby City Centre. The Estate is a much loved public green-space with an estimated 360, 000 visitors coming every year.

The site extends across 130 hectares and has been owned and managed by Derbyshire County Council since 1969, opening to the public as a Country Park in 1970. Since 2013, the Council has been working in partnership with the National Trust to find a sustainable future for the Estate (www.futureelvaston.co.uk). This work has included the development of a 10 year vision and plan for Elvaston Castle and Estate. 

At the core of the Estate is Elvaston Castle, for 400 years the home of the Stanhope family, who later became the Earls of Harrington (currently public access to the Castle is limited to Gothic Hall open days and hire only). The Castle is predominantly nineteenth century creation built around an earlier seventeenth century house, with a range of nearby courtyards and stable buildings. Surrounding the Castle is a series of 'garden rooms', a nearby lake and wider parkland. Many of the buildings and much of the gardens and parkland are designated for their heritage importance.

The varied landscape provides a wonderful and very attractive setting that is enjoyed for a wide range of recreation and access. The Estate is also important for wildlife, particularly bats, and part of the site is designated a Local Nature Reserve. 

We are delighted that for the third year running the park earned the Green Flag Award for its quality green-space provision (first achieved in July 2013). The Green Flag Award is the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales.

Opening times

Country Park: Summer, 9am - 8pm, Winter, 9am - 5pm.

Old English Garden (walled): Daily, 9.30am - 3.30pm.

Italian Garden & Azalea Garden: October - May, Closed due to wet ground conditions.


Free entry, car parking charges apply.


  • Accepts Credit Cards
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Car Parking
  • Children Welcome
  • Children's Play Area
  • Coach Parking
  • Cycle Trails
  • Disabled Parking
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Gift Shop
  • Horse Riding Trails
  • Information Centre
  • Open All Year
  • Picnic Area
  • Restaurant Cafe
  • Toilets
  • Walking Trails
  • Wheelchair Access

Location Map

Borrowash Road Elvaston Derbyshire DE72 3EP