History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Outside the house the award-winning grounds incude extensive landscape parklands, a walled garden created in 1773, and a restored 18th century orangery. Near the house are the stables, where old agricultural and household implements are on display.
One of the most fascinating features at Calke is an underground passage leading through the cellars and brew house to another set of agricultural outbuildings. Our daughter declared the tunnel to be a bit spooky, but I thought it was quite atmospheric, and unique in any stately home I've visited. There are further tunnels for gardeners working in the grounds to proceed to their work without disturbing the family.
A short walk up the sloping hill above the house brings you to the late 16th century church of St Giles. This was rebuilt in Gothic Revival style by Sir George Crewe in 1827. Inside are memorials to generations of owners including that of Henry Harpur Crewe, who granted the house to the National Trust.
NOTE: a timed ticket system is in effect on all but the quietest days, so visitors can expect to wait. When we visited on a sunny afternoon in May we had to wait about 20 minutes for admission.
About Calke Abbey
Address: Ticknall, Derby, Derbyshire, England, DE73 7LE
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: 9 m S Derby, on A514. For sat navs, use DE73 7JF
Website: Calke Abbey
Phone: 01332 863 822
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
OS: SK356 239
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01530 411 767