Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey

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Calke Abbey.

Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derby, UK

Take a walk around the beautiful grounds or discover the house itself.

Calke Abbey is a Grade I listed country house (designated 2nd September 1952) situated in the pretty village of Ticknall. Around 20 minutes from Derby, the house is owned and operated by the National Trust and accepts visitors all year round.


An Augustinian priory since 1115 up until the dissolution by Henry the VIII, the house itself was built from 1701 - 1704 in the Baroque style.

The Harper family owned the mansion up until 1985 when it was handed to the National Trust upon the death of Charles Harper-Crewe to pay for Death Duties accrued as a result.

Explore the grounds 

  • Pick up a park map to find a range of walking routes, or download the best seasonal walks from the National Trust website.
  • Create your own walk through meadows, wetlands and woodland which is a great way to avoid the crowds.
  • Take a guided walk, the Calke Abbey park guides will be happy to lead the way.
  • Visit the events pages to find themed walks, or join the regular guided walks on a Tuesday, Friday or Saturday (March–October).

Explore the house

  • Purchase a seperate ticket at the ticket office
  • Discover the rooms some untouched for decades, including the Entrance Hall, Dining Room, Library, School Room, Sir Vauncey's childhood bedroom and Museum Room.
  • Admire the complex stories of the family who amassed a huge collection of treasures.

The Tunnels

  • Included in park and garden admission, which is free for members.
  • Walk from the brewhouse and the cellar, the tunnels were a way for servants to transport beer barrels without being seen. 
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