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With peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a grand country house estate.
The house and stables are little restored, with many abandoned areas vividly portraying a period in the 20th-century when numerous country estates did not survive to tell their story. Outdoors there are beautiful, yet faded, walled gardens and the orangery, auricula theatre and kitchen gardens to explore.
The more adventurous can discover the ancient and fragile habitats of Calke Park and its National Nature Reserved, an excellent area for walking and wildlife.
Please note: all visitors (including members) require a ticket from the Ticket Office. Timed tickets for the house apply. One-way system operates in the park, access only via Ticknall entrance.
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