Calke Abbey is a Grade I listed country house near Ticknall, Derbyshire, England, in the care of the charitable National Trust. The site was an Augustinian priory from the 12th century until its dissolution by Henry VIII. Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a country house estate and makes a highly engaging day out with the kids in Derbyshire.
Set in the midst of a landscape park, the house and stables are little restored, with many abandoned areas vividly portraying a period in the 20th century when numerous country houses did not survive to tell their story. Discover the tales of an eccentric family who amassed a vast collection of hidden treasures and take stock in one of two cafe's with indoor and outdoor seating. Home baked scones and cakes, soup of the day, delicious hot food and drinks topped with a selection of local produce on offer. Don't forget the quaint gift shop full of delightful gifts to take home as a souvenier of your visit.
Tour the beautiful, yet faded, walled gardens and explore the vast ancient deer park with dozens of beautiful walks to take around the grounds. There are often events and activities organised at Calk Abbey so be sure to visit the website to check whats on.
Local attractions and things to do in the area may not be open all year round and may require pre-booking. Please check the attraction website before visiting to avoid disappointment.