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Calke Abbey, Derby

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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Calke Abbey and other Derby attractions using our handy Derby road trip planner .
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  • Calke Abbey is a vast estate with beautiful gardens, a deer park, cafe and the Abbey itself. Everywhere was clean and the grounds were kept trim and tidy. Our dog enjoyed running around some of the gr...  more »
  • Revisited after numerous years and still found it a remarkable and fascinating place. There is so much to see. The guides/staff were on hand to answer questions and tell you the history of each room. ...  more »
  • Walk around the grounds, and a visit to the cafė. Relaxing walk around the parkland, plenty of seating awailable to rest on the way round. There is an electric buggy to transport the disabled from the...  more »
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  • Great place to enjoy the outdoors. Nice to walk around and enjoy the countryside and unique gardens. That said, the home is filled with endless unique finds and treasures. Spent some time simply enjoying the place. Some food and beverage on site. Just know this more a walking venture if you want full enjoyment so plan ahead. Plenty of stops and things to see but never far from the home/abbey. You'll leave satisfied you went.
  • A local treasure with lots of rooms and gardens to explore. Most of the grounds and property are accessible to all, just no pushchairs upstairs at the house but you can borrow a hip-seat (toddler carrier). Clean, accessible facilities, restaurant, shop and café, making this nice place to bring family and friends of all ages. Food in restaurant is very good in our experience. No baby food but there is a microwave to heat your own.
  • Calke Abbey was beautiful today baked in the sunshine. Lots of people there but at no time did it feel overcrowded. Really enjoyed ourselves. Only had time to visit the house so must come back another time to see the gardens. The grounds were extensive and magnificent. You really need to the WHOLE day there particularly on a beautiful sunny day like today.
  • The Calke Explore Trail is a great place for active play. === Took the kids again this weekend to play on the Explore Trail only to find it is closed for improvements and doesn’t reopen until summer 2019. Disappointed that we didn’t find that out until we’d paid to enter and parked up. Staff were not apologetic. We had checked website before our visit which posted no warning. So we effectively paid to have a picnic and play at the playground.
  • This is an excellent property for all as plenty outside and in. There are now the 'family rooms open' which were used the Canadian cousin until his death . So even more to see if you think you have seen it all. Great shop and large cafe. Barbecue outside today( April 8th) . A bit too cool for that but many ,many hundreds of cars today yet it did not seem crowded. Visitors just vanish about the property and grounds. First class.
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