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Ticknall, Derby, Derbyshire, DE73 7JF

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Ticknall, Derby, Derbyshire, DE73 7JF

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Summary

Calke Abbey is an intriguing place, and a glimpse of what happens to a country house when it falls into disrepair. Courtyards are overgrown, and the paint is peeling away, with little restoration having taken place.

Where is Calke Abbey located?

In the village of Ticknall, Calke Abbey sits on the border of Leicestershire and Derbyshire, close to the majestic Peak District.

What is the history of Calke Abbey to the present day?

Calke Abbey was privately owned until 1985, when it was handed over to the National Trust by the reclusive Harpur Crewe family. When the National trust took the property on, the full scale of its decline was revealed.

What is there to see and do at Calke Abbey?

Dubbed an ‘un-stately home’, Calke Abbey is presented much as it was found by the National Trust. It serves to show just what can happen to a grand country house when left to fall into disrepair. Calke Abbey is surrounded by 600 acres of ancient parkland, and there is a lovely walled garden, with many charming places to explore, including an ancient deer park and the National Nature Reserve.

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Ten of the best autumn walks by Natalie French

"If you’ve yet to hear the ethereal sound of testosterone-fuelled stags, you need to get yourself to the ancient deer park, Calke Park, for the annual rutting season. Watch a feral herd of fallow and red deer excitedly prance and flutter their long lashes, whilst the males growl, groan and slam horns in a bid to bag the best females. It’s also worth keeping an eye out for a small number of mini Muntjac deer living within the woodland."

Information on Calke Abbey , Ticknall , Derby

Opening Times: Please see National Trust website for opening times.
Admission: NT Members Free. Please see National Trust website for admission prices.
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permitted (Welcome under control in park and on leads in stables.)
Location: 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.
Facilities: Children's play area, Disabled access, please check prior to visit, Gift shop, Parking, charge per person, Restaurant
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