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“Well worth a visit”
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 April 4, 2018 via mobile

This is a lovely place for a day out. The way the trust has left rooms with a very random collection of items, just as the owner left them, is amazing. The grounds are beautiful and extensive. The staff are knowledgeful and the love for the place comes through..

1  Thank Heather H
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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

Free for national trust members,plenty of parking and lots of walks to choose from (pick up a map from the stand as you enter)
We chose the maroon walk this time which wasn’t well signposted but we managed to work it out helped by asking some helpful dog walkers.We were glad we had worn our wellies as the route was very muddy.We saw lots of deer in the deer park including some unusual white ones which I have never seen before.
The place would benefit from some more toilets as there was quite a queue to use them,although this probably wasn’t helped by it being easter and the egg hut was going on etc.
Enjoyed cream tea in the cafe but the prices are quite high so I suggest you take a picnic. A bottle of Pepsi for example was £2.00!Also be aware of food serving cut off times.breakfast was served until 11.30 then it’s just cakes/sandwiches from the chiller until hot lunches are served from 12 until I think was around 3pm.They seem to stick quite rigidly to these times with no flexibility to serve If you arrive even minutes after the cut off time.
Another point to note is to make sure if arriving by car is to program your sat nav to arrive at the Ticknall entrance because the sat nav seems to be taking people to the exit which is nowhere near the entrance.we witnessed numerous people turning around at the exit after mistaking it for the entrance,in fact on our exit which is single lane out I had someone driving towards myself as I was exiting which was most alarming!Perhaps signage could be improved as this seems to happen regularly to quite a few people.

3  Thank Angelmichael416
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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

We came for the Easter egg hunt and got alot more then we bargained for!

The kids got to run around the trail and find all the clues in order to get an Easter egg, there was lots of tree climbing and puddle jumping on the way! Amazing fun!

Once we completed to walk and claimed our Easter egg we found amazing inside activities to do, the horse stables were set out with different at least 5 play areas for children, play houses, mini kitchen sets, dressing up, swords and guns to play with.

In the arena there were craft areas and a coffee shop set up. Our kids painted and glued to their hearts content!

All the children playing were lovely and polite, the parents were nice to chat with, the staff we met were lovely and cheerful.

Calke Abbey should be proud of their Easter set up, I'm so glad we went.

1  Thank Simbafox
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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

Joined the throngs flocking here today. Lot of traffic queuing on the main road, resulting in the usual check on NT members being suspended to allow the traffic to flow. Parking well organised on the meadow despite muddy conditions. Easter Egg hunt was ok, a triumph for rampant commercialism by a greedy American conglomerate who renaiged on so many promises! House is superb with loads of enthusiastic & informative volunteers.

1  Thank grumpfromhinckley
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Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

The volunteers here are proud of the title 'the unstated home' and I really can't blame them! Every single volunteer was passionate and knowledgeable about the place and it really shows!

The place is jam packed full of stuff, with the Trust maintaining the place how they received it rather than doing it up. Because of this it's a much more genuine and interesting place to visit because of it. It also means you get to see so much more than other NT properties because they aren't afraid to show the rough bits that other properties hide away behind locked doors.

Certainly the best National Trust property we have ever been to.

Go and enjoy it!

Thank Ryan C
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