Calke Abbey, Derby
Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
Built in 1704 on the site of an ancient priory, Calke Abbey is an example of the dramatic decline that many typical English country houses suffered in the 20th century. Largely unchanged for over 100 years, the grand mansion is surrounded by walled gardens and sits in the middle of a nature reserve. Peeling paint and crumbling walls in many of the building’s rooms illustrate the tragic story of its original owners, an eccentric family that accumulated a huge collection of hidden treasures. No restoration to the mansion has been done since the 1880s, with the decay of the interior slowed, but not reversed. Take a guided walk around the estate to learn the secret story behind the faded face of this historic house. Take a look at our Derby family vacation planner to schedule your visit to Calke Abbey and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Loads to do in every season. Some great walks short and long. The house is as it was so full of charm and beautiful. The gardens are fun and in the summer a picnic is all you need to let the youngster... read more »
As a National Trust property its well kept and beautiful organised. There is a charge to get in and to park, but once you see how big the grounds are you see why they need so much money to keep it in ... read more »
As with all national Trust places of visit is a fab one not to be missed. The cafe service is good and they serve up a delicious soup. The gardens are well kept with good selection of goods that can b... read more »
Just back from our first visit to Calke Abbey. What a wonderful and fascinating place. There. Is so much to see and do. The different gardens are great and so many places to walk. Inside the house is so full of fascinating history. As a previous review it's hard to describe, but we'll worth a visit.. We willl definitely be visiting again.
Calke abbey house and gardens are lovely. Well worth a visit. Always something happening in the gardens from checking out the new seedlings to seeing the pumpkins (which are amazing) as I struggle with walking there is a volunteer who will drive you around in a little buggy, which is very handy. Beautiful place, absolutely love it here.
Spectacularly spooky! This is the weirdest place I think I've ever visited and certainly not your typical national trust property. Difficult to put into words, you just need to experience it for yourself. Try to spot the box of stuffed ducks staring at you! Absolutely love it and we go often.
Historical building with a fascinating history. The NT have consciously decided not to renovate it and preserve what is there. Guides very knowledgeable. Worth a visit.
I give it 3 stars because, whilst we enjoyed the house and gardens, the food (apart from the cakes) was both a rip off and disgusting. The filled rolls were stale on the outside with fluffy, dry bread on the inside. The sausage rolls were even worse. The pork filling was extremely fatty and the base was thick in congealed grease. If you are going to visit, take your own food, there are plenty of benches in the stable yard if you don't want to sit on the grass.
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