Pictures of England Pictures of England

Exploring the most Picturesque & Historic parts of England

Over 150,000 photos of England
22,000+ members
Click here to join the community

Pictures of Calke Abbey

a Historic Building in the town of Ticknall, in the county of Derbyshire


Take a picture tour of Calke Abbey..

About Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey was built between 1701-1703. The building, in the Baroque style, was built for Sir John Harpur. It is an extraordinary house, almost completely without adornment to both the exterior and interior. Instead of the normal collections of fine furniture, priceless paintings and objects d'art, the visitor is treated to a fascinating display of stuffed birds, mammals, fossils and other natural history relics, all laid out in rooms untouched since the 1880's.

The collection is the result of the house passing down a line of eccentric owners, all who had a deep and abiding interest in the natural world around them and sought to preserve their findings. There are many curiosities to be seen, plus the fun of invisible corridors, underground tunnels and a secret garden! Then suddenly, almost as if in a change of scene, in one of the bed chambers your eye's are drawn to a superb Chinese Silk bed from the 18th century.

Crippling death duties led to the house being transferred into the care of the National Trust. The surrounding parkland is managed with an eye to nature conservation, there are historic oaks, walled gardens, a restored Orangery and a deer park.

Other buildings on Calke Abbey estate include a church and farm buildings with animals. There is a well stocked shop, a cafe for refreshments, and during the season several special event days are held, each with a different theme. The house is also available for corporate events and functions.

Please upload your photos of Calke Abbey or see below for towns & villages near Calke Abbey and a list of other nearby attractions to visit.

Planning a visit? We have thousands of Hotels and Holiday Cottages to choose from at highly competetive rates when booked through the Pictures of England website. Click here for accommodation near Calke Abbey

Add attraction to favourites


Submit a history of Calke Abbey

Recommended towns & villages near Calke Abbey

Staunton Harold Church and Hall, Leicestershire

Staunton Harold (22 Pictures)

(1.9 miles, 3.1 km, direction SE)

Staunton was mentioned in the Doomsday Book when it was held by Henry de Ferrers...

A picture of Swarkestone

Swarkestone (10 Pictures)

(3.4 miles, 5.5 km, direction N)

Swarkestone is a small enchanting village which grew up on the reeeded banks of the River Trent...

St Helen's Church

Ashby de la Zouch (40 Pictures)

(3.9 miles, 6.2 km, direction S)

This town takes its name from the La Souche family, lords of the manor from about 1160. The Norman prefix distinguishes Ashby from other towns of similar name...

Market place, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

Burton upon Trent (54 Pictures)

(7.3 miles, 11.8 km, direction W)

Burton-on-Trent is an attractive town, it has a pleasing market place surrounded by pleasant properties, some being timber-frame black and white...

St Peter's

Derby (68 Pictures)

(8.0 miles, 12.9 km, direction N)

This is the premier town of the Shire, it is steeped in history with roots stretching to Roman times - the legions had a camp near the east bank of the Derwent, but the town was.....

All towns in Derbyshire
Complete A to Z of towns in England

Recommended attractions near Calke Abbey

image of staunton harold reservoir taken from hall roof, 2003

Staunton Harold Reservoir (5 Pictures)

(1.0 miles, 1.6 km)

..

Staunton Harold Church

Staunton Harold Hall (14 Pictures)

(2.0 miles, 3.2 km, direction SE)

This is said to be one of the most delightful country houses in Leicestershire, it was the former home of the Ferrers family who.....

Staunton Harold Church

Staunton Harold Church (6 Pictures)

(2.8 miles, 4.5 km, direction SE)

Imposing church built in 1653, with fine panelled interior, set in attractive parkland...

Ashby Castle in the snow

Ashby de la Zouch Castle (28 Pictures)

(4.0 miles, 6.4 km, direction S)

The ancient, crumbling walls of Ashby de la Zouch castle keep once rose to a towering 95ft and had four floors. It belonged to.....

Elvaston Castle, Derby. View across the lake

Elvaston Castle (41 Pictures)

(7.1 miles, 11.5 km, direction NE)

The first view of this impressive early 19th-century house nestling above sweeping lawns is quite tantalizing, giving visitors a.....


All attractions in Derbyshire
Complete A to Z of attractions in England

Hotels near Calke Abbey

Hotels near Calke Abbey  Cottages near Calke Abbey  Bed & Breakfast near Calke Abbey

Incy Wincy Cottage in Derby, Derbyshire, England

Incy Wincy Cottage

Derby, Derbyshire, England (0.5 miles, 0.8 km)
Nestling in the picturesque village of Ticknall, this former Estate workers cottage has been upgraded to retain original beams, open fires & inglenook fireplace. Centraly located in the village with v...
More info and book online..  Price from £245.00

Harpur's of Melbourne in Melbourne, Derbyshire, England

Harpur's of Melbourne

Melbourne, Derbyshire, England (2.2 miles, 3.6 km, direction NE)
Situated in the market town of Melbourne in South Derbyshire, this boutique hotel has a stylish bar and restaurant, free Wi-Fi and free parking. Castle Donington is a 15-minute drive away....
More info and book online..  Price from £49.00

The Coach House in Melbourne, Derbyshire, England

The Coach House

Melbourne, Derbyshire, England (2.3 miles, 3.6 km, direction NE)
The Coach House is set in Melbourne, 3.9 km from Donington Park and 3.9 km from Donington Grand Prix Collection. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on...
More info and book online..  Price from £48.00

The Bulls Head in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, England

The Bulls Head

Swadlincote, Derbyshire, England (2.4 miles, 3.9 km, direction SW)
In the heart of the National Forest, this early 18th-century pub provides modern, cosily furnished rooms with free Wi-Fi. It is just 5 minutes’ drive from Swadlincote, and East Midlands Airport is 1...
More info and book online..  Price from £40.00

Repton Cottage in Willington, Derbyshire, England

Repton Cottage

Willington, Derbyshire, England (2.5 miles, 4.1 km, direction NW)
Repton Cottage is a holiday home with a garden, located in Willington. The property features views of the garden and is 47 km from Birmingham. There is a dining area and a kitchen. A TV is provided. ...
More info and book online..  Price from £105.00


All Accommodation near Calke Abbey..

Calke Abbey Reviews

See all Calke Abbey reviews..

Please login to make a review