Calke Abbey in Derbyshire is a Grade I listed country house estate unlike any other and was featured in our Top 5 National Trust Sites for Under 10s. Fragile surroundings with little restoration make this house look faded and abandoned – but in a breathtakingly beautiful manner. Most of the rooms are presented in a state of decline to highlight a period in time when houses were simply left to decay.
This stunning property has a poignant history and an impressive beauty created by its somewhat surprising and sorrowful history. Although in the midst of ruin – the abbey is an incredible place to visit and makes a great family day out.
Take your children through the twists and turns of the Brewhouse Tunnel and discover the collection of hidden treasures using the family Tracker Packs and children’s quiz. Outdoors – take a walk around the orangery and numerous gardens, or get the camera out for a moment of wildlife spotting in the nature reserve. Go on one of the discovery trails, or take part in the weekend family activities in Squirt’s Stable. There is also a small play area with a slide and fort designed for those under the age of 8.