Calke Abbey

Type:National Trust Property

Main Street, Ticknall, Derby, Derbyshire, DE73 7JF

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With peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards, Calke Abbey, the un-stately home, is unlike other great country estates. Inside the Baroque mansion, you’ll find a contrast between decadence and dereliction, echoing the story of a country house in dramatic decline. There’s always something new to discover, with a vast and unique collection at Calke Abbey and new displays on show throughout the year. Visit the Calke Abbey website to find out what’s on.

But it is far from a place where time stands still: the historic parkland is home to woodlands, wetlands, hay meadows, and areas of National Nature Reserve. The parkland supports an array of different wildlife, including Calke’s herd of red and fallow deer and a flock of rare- bread Portland sheep. There are lots of ways to explore the parkland with a variety of waymarked walks to choose from, including short circular walks and longer hikes around the wider estate.

Discover the walled garden, with new displays to admire every season. Visit the Physic Garden and take in beds bursting with seasonal produce and colour, a glasshouse vinery, and a productive orchard, echoing the history of Calke’s working garden. Other highlights include a rare surviving auricula theatre, a Georgian Orangery, and faded glasshouses.

Head to Calke Explore for a bigger adventure and go wild in the natural play area and spend the afternoon climbing, swinging, and spinning. Or hire a bike from cycle hire and enjoy a smooth ride along the multi-use Tramway Trail, perfect for all ages and abilities.

There’s plenty of places to refuel after your adventure, with a shop, second-hand bookshop, restaurant, café, and refreshment kiosk at Calke Explore available.


Designated accessible parking in the main car park and at Calke Explore. Accessible toilets available in the stableyards, gardens and at Calke Explore. Wheelchair and tramper available to borrow. Gardens and parkland have hard gravel paths and some steep slopes.

The route to the ticket office, restaurant, cafe, second-hand bookshop and shop is level and dressed with gravel. The route to the house and Pleasure grounds is a tarmac surfaced path with a steep slope.

Wheelchairs and trampers are available for visitors’ use. Wheelchairs and trampers can be borrowed for no extra charge, subject to availability from the Ticket Office. We recommend booking one in advance. Trampers can be used throughout the gardens and areas of the parkland.

An induction loop is available at Calke in the ticket office, house, restaurant, café, shop and at Calke Explore by counter of the refreshment kiosk.

Accessible routes are available to the gardens, ground floor of the house, around the restaurant, café, and shop. At Calke Explore, there is a short wheelchair and mobility scooter friendly trail and the multi-use Tramway Trail. 

Large print and braille guides can be borrowed from the ticket office.





Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
House: Adult£11.00 adult
House: Child£5.50 child
House: Family£27.50 family
Park and Gardens: Adult£7.00 adult
Park and Gardens: Child£3.50 child
Park and Gardens: Family£17.50 family

Please see website for more pricing options



  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • Changing Places Toilet
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impaired
  • Facility for service dogs
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Quiet Place
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchairs available - wheelchairs and trampers available


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Wireless internet (WiFi) connection available

Key Features

  • No Smoking Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Cash Accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Groups Accepted

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

Travel & Trade

  • Group Discount

Map & Directions

Road Directions

On A514 at Ticknall between Swadlincote and Melbourne. Access from M42/A42 exit 13 and A50 Derby South. Entry via Ticknall main entrance only.


per person park admission for all. 3.6-metre height restriction on archway.

Sat Nav

If using SatNav please use postcode DE73 7JF, or use latitude and longitude coordinates 52.808253, -1.472834

Public Transport Directions

By bus

From Burton-upon-Trent (High Street): Midland Classic to Swadlincote Bus Station (Routes 4, 9, 19) and then Arrival (Route 2) and alight at Ticknall (Calke Abbey Entrance). From Derby Bus Station: Arrival (Route 2) and alight at Ticknall (Calke Abbey Entrance). From the entrance, it's a 1½ mile walk through the park.

By train

Derby 9½ miles; Burton-on-Trent 10 miles.

Opening Times

House (1 Mar 2024 - 3 Nov 2024)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Gardens, Stableyards, Restaurant and Shop (1 Mar 2024 - 31 Oct 2024)
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 17:00
Gardens, Stableyards, Restaurant and Shop (1 Nov 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Monday - Sunday09:30 - 16:00

* The House is closed from 6th November 2023 until 1st March 2024 and then from the 4th November until 31st December 2024.
Everything is closed on the 24th and 25th of December.