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Calke Abbey


There's something convincing about the fading grandeur of Calke Abbey in Ticknall, Derbyshire, its forgotten paintings, and the overgrown courtyard telling the tale of an excentric estate. The first telephone rang only in this house in 1928, and electricity did not arrive until 1962, due to the passionate urge of its inhabitants to shy away from the modern world. The gardens echo this, an ancient and delicate ecosystem for wildlife that seems unchanged for the last two centuries. Acres and acres of grassland set the tone, dotted with antique oaks.

What can guests enjoy at Calke Abbey?

In fact, a very large third of this park is a National Nature Reserve, due to the nature of its woodland pastures, and a good number of the trees here are among the oldest in Europe. Don't forget to explore the walled garden, the orange grove and the kitchen gardens of this beguiling National Trust place.

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Dog/Pet friendly

Parking Available

Disabled Access

Facilities & information


Child friendly

Dog/Pet friendly



Disabled Access

Parking Available


Extra info

Garden Acreage: 10

Open Times: Garden: 7 Feb - 1 Nov, 10-5 daily. Please see NT website for House & Park opening times.

Price Details: NT Member Free. Please check our website for full prices.

Arrival information and directions

Address: Ticknell, Derby, Derbyshire, DerbyDE73 7LE, United Kingdom

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

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