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Calke Abbey

| Ticknall, Derby DE73 7LE, England
+44 1332 863822
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Calke Abbey Just as it should be

Seeing Calke in its original state was an experience never to be forgotten. An insight into the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Donaghadee, United Kingdom
National Trust at it's best

Very interesting how the NT saved this property but managed to keep it in the condition that it was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Paul B
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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Historic great house, which has remained largely unchanged for most of the 20th century, features unique collections, a landscaped park and walled gardens.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good30%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“national trust” (384 reviews)
“stately home” (138 reviews)
“deer park” (70 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
| Ticknall, Derby DE73 7LE, England
+44 1332 863822
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Seeing Calke in its original state was an experience never to be forgotten. An insight into the past of wealth prosperity and how the other half lived . And then their downfall due to very unfair Death duty laws.

Thank Barry2137
Reviewed 2 days ago

Very interesting how the NT saved this property but managed to keep it in the condition that it was found in. Good house, lovely gardens & the usual good refreshments & shop

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 2 days ago

The castle is a time capsule of what today would be called a family of hoarders. The building receives only structural repair with the interior left as the owners lived in it. If you are looking for a grand estate home and want to be...More

Thank Ron T
Reviewed 3 days ago

If you are looking to visit a pristine country house then Calke Abbey is not going to appeal. The Trust has spent a great deal of effort to safely protect the house in its decrepit condition. If quirky, interesting and unusual are your thing then...More

Thank P11B
Reviewed 3 days ago

First time here, so didn't know what to expect. Lots and lots of parkland. Liked the plants in the walled garden. Asked about the walk at the back of the car park that was supposed to be EASY. It wasn't with some 30 steps. Much...More

Thank barbaravinger
Reviewed 3 days ago

An unexpected pleasure. Normally when you visit a stately home, mansion, hall or castle it is meticulously laid out with everything cataloged and it often seems that the collections are incomplete. Sometimes it even seems that rooms have be "reconstructed" and it is difficult to...More

Thank GHBoxer
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It's a great place for a one-day day trip. Not only property is worth to visit. Gardens including an orangery and physic garden are fantastic place to relax and spend time among flowers and plants. If you need a one-day detox from concrete jungle, go...More

Thank Mikołaj B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Spent a lovely day here. So much to do and see that we'll have to go back. Lovely walks (but don't be guided by the VERY inaccurate NT leaflet!! We were and took a much longer route than we should have!) House so different from...More

Thank Concentric
Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place to visit. This is not the usual NT property. Rooms have been left as they were found and not smartened up.

Thank Chris M
Reviewed 1 week ago

In sharp contrast to the NT's tendency to over-restore other stately homes, they decided to 'preserve' Calke Abbey more-or-less 'as is', making this (I believe) unique among their properties. The rich jumble of 'stuff' left by generations of the eccentric, collecting-mad owners is both fascinating...More

1  Thank 295horace
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Cynthia B
Are dogs welcome in the grounds
24 May 2017|
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Response from Shelli1033 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, when we visited there were a number of dogs in the grounds.
Naomi S
Can you have a picnic here?
10 May 2017|
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Response from NTCalkeAbbey | Property representative |
Hi Naomi, Thanks for your question. You're welcome to bring a picnic along to Calke Abbey; we have several large picnic benches at the top of the car park and overlooking the Deer Park for you to make use of. You can also... More
I would be coming by taxi from derby centre, would a taxi be allowed to drop us off at the main hub area and collect us again from there later without being charged to enter?
8 March 2017|
Response from NTCalkeAbbey | Property representative |
Hi there, thanks for your message. We have a per-person park admission fee that all visitors will need to pay on arrival (National Trust members are free!) - but don't worry, your taxi driver won't need to pay park... More