Calke Abbey

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About Calke Abbey

The ethos at Calke Abbey is to ‘Repair not Restore’. Consequently, it’s promoted as ‘The un-stately home and country estate’. So, this may give the impression that it’s a ramshackle and dilapidated building. However, that’s not the case!

In fact, preservation rather than restoration actually works really well at Calke Abbey.

Even so, it’s a good day out for the family. Especially, if you explore the grounds and gardens. Located in Ticknall, Derbyshire. Please see the map for details.


Calke Abbey was never really an abbey. In fact, it was built between 1701-1704 as a Baroque mansion. However, the site was originally an Augustinian priory from the 12th century until its dissolution by Henry VIII.

The house was owned by the Harpur family for almost 300 years, although it was handed over to the National Trust in 1985.

What to see

Unfortunately, the house is currently closed for visitors. This includes the Shop and Gardens. The restaurant, however, is open for limited takeaway food and drinks. At the same time, the Grounds are also open to visitors. There is currently a booking system in place to keep you safe. Please see the website for further details.