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Calke Abbey

| Ticknall, Derby DE73 7LE, England
+44 1332 863822
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The house that time forgot

A great place to visit. This is not the usual NT property. Rooms have been left as they were... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Chris M
Derby, United Kingdom
Must See: a very different approach from the NT

In sharp contrast to the NT's tendency to over-restore other stately homes, they decided to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Newbury, 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” (137 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

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 2 days 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

Thank 295horace
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Having visited Kedleston Hall and finding ourselves with some time to spare we chanced upon Calke and were very happy to have done so. The restaurant was nice as was the home made food but the house was something else. It was amazing to wander...More

Thank Kat B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

You will need at least half a day to see everything Calke Abbey has to offer. We only had chance to visit the house, this alone took us just over an hour. With around 80 rooms, packed with furniture and trinkets there's a lot to...More

Thank RandRH
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

There is so much to see and do here - one day isn't really enough! Highly recommend the guided talks - we did The Stables, Restoration and Garden walks / talks which really brought the place to life. We ran out of time to do...More

Thank Nick O
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Absolutely love it here. Lots of open space for the kids to ride their bikes and even fly their kites. Really well set out and the house is definitely worth a look around. The walks are fantastic for the whole family and for the dogs....More

Thank Dan H
Reviewed 4 days ago

Well worth a visit. An unusual house full of collections from the previous owners. The top floor has been kept in the way it was when it was taken on by the National trust to show how unusual the house is. Lots of different rooms...More

Thank Jacquie G
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Beautiful grounds to walk in Smaller coffee shop excellent nothing too much trouble Worth repeat visits

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I think this is my favourite NT property to date due to the huge amount to see and the very different nature of the house. Much as I love the perfect grandeur of some stately homes, it was fascinating to see how many of the...More

Thank TheRelfster
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Calke Abbey with the wife on a day out. Not one of the best NT properties in my opinion. The House itself lacks a certain amount of TLC and seemed to contain an ENORMOUS number of stuffed animals!!!!!!! Not too PC today I think....More

Thank oliver1813
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Cynthia B
Are dogs welcome in the grounds
23 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