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“Rise and Fall of the aristocracy”
Review of Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey
Ranked #5 of 95 things to do in Derby
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Historic great house, which has remained largely unchanged for most of the 20th century, features unique collections, a landscaped park and walled gardens.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The National Trust had a positive brainwave when they decided to conserve rather than restore Calke. Have money build house. Lose money and house decays . Love the slightly dotty Harpur Crewes, especially the one who had a tunnel made so as to not see his employees bringing food from the kitchen gardens to the scullery. And go Sir Vauncey!! Clutter that bedroom with whatever!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely worth a visit, the house has been frozen in time from when it was given to the National Trust. Fascinating to see how the house was just closed down by the Harpur Crewe family and incredible work by the NT in keeping it at that state of decay, without allowing it to deteriorate further. As usual all the volunteers are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the house. Beautiful gardens an parkland as well. Will definitely return.

Thank Keith M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As National Trust members we visit a lot. My son loves it here with loads to explore and it’s always a great day out. We’ve been in Sun, Snow, Wind and Rain and it never fails to please.

1  Thank hadyn p
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited in our motorhome and there was ample parking on the grassed overspill car park. It was very hot and shade was not easy to find. We had a picnic on the tables provided but again no shade so we went back to our motorhome. There are lots of walks to do as well as the house and gardens. Lots of sheep around who had found all the shady trees to sleep under. A good day out with lots of variety of things to do

Thank H8811QFbarbarar
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want to enjoy a family day, this is a good place to go. Nice park, nice estate, nice garden. Good place to enjoy with your kids, if you have, or your partner.
The villa is nice and you can spend nearly one hour going around the rooms but in my opinion the gardens are more enjoyable to spend a bit of time sitting or having a wander around checking flowers or plants.
If you want to buy some herbs grown in the gardens you are able to do that at a good price.

Thank PagliosiOnTheRoad
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