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Calke Abbey

| Ticknall, Derby DE73 7LE, England
+44 1332 863822
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A unique experience......

This was the first time, after many outdoor adventure here, that we investigated the house itself... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bob T
Liverpool, United Kingdom
An interesting visit and tour

We are National Trust members and enjoyed our visit and tour. Typical NT shop and cafe but fairly... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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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” (420 reviews)
“stately home” (147 reviews)
“deer park” (72 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
| Ticknall, Derby DE73 7LE, England
+44 1332 863822
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was the first time, after many outdoor adventure here, that we investigated the house itself and it was beyond compare. To say that the National Trust has done a good job is putting it very modestly - a visit here really does help one...More

1  Thank Bob T
Reviewed 5 days ago

We are National Trust members and enjoyed our visit and tour. Typical NT shop and cafe but fairly priced.

1  Thank LichTraveller
Reviewed 5 days ago

Calke Abbey is advertised by the NT as “the un-stately home”, and is billed as “a graphic example of the decline of the great country home”. As such it's been made watertight but left exactly as it was when the last owners left. But it...More

Thank Stu151
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a lovely day trip to this preserved not restored house built in 1704. So many collections, hundreds of stuffed animals, sea shells and fossils. With its landscaped park land with deer, lakes and some very old trees. Walled flower and kitchen gardens. You can...More

Thank Margaret T
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a unique National Trust "un-stately" home that has been intentionally conserved as a "time capsule" of the times in which the previous owner occupiers lived. The house and grounds are interesting but the content of the house and the outbuildings is mind-boggling! Tip:...More

1  Thank Derek W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This must be one of the best NT properties that I've ever visited. The way that the house has been preserved in the threadbare state in which it was found, halting its decay rather than restoring former glories, gave it a real poignancy. I found...More

Thank WanderingStar1234
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I do have a bit of a liking for here have been many times and still manage to find bits about the place. Love how it is suspended in time. A lovely walk about the grounds and to the church. Will be back again. As...More

Thank Hot_Crusty_Pie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We recently joined the National Trust, so decided to visit Calke Abbey again. Don’t make the same mistake as us if you’re members, and assume that you don’t need a ticket to enter the house. You need a timed ticket, so still need to visit...More

Thank Debbie P
Reviewed 1 week ago

A joy of a building. I had simply not allowed enough time to explore fully, and really must go back because you can explore until your heart is content, through old stables, gardens and the church walk, not to mention the house itself. It was...More

Thank Amanda M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Splendid walks on several levels, unique house and grounds, an altogether fantastic day to spend in company o friends or family alike

Thank Ian F
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Cynthia B
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
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
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