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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
Garden & Stables: 26th Feb - 20th Apr; Sat - Wed; 11am - 5pm
21st Apr - 30th Oct, daily; 11am - 5pm
Calke Park / National Nature Reserve: All year, 7.30am - 7.30pm, or dusk if earlier
Open Good Fri. Last admission 30mins before closing

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes

26th Feb - 30th Oct; Sat - Wed; 12.30 - 5pm West Wing Conservation tour: 26th Feb - 30th Oct; Sat - Wed; 11am - 12.30 by timed ticket

National Garden Scheme days: Yes
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To see:
Admission Prices

Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets)
Park and stables admission (Standard Admission): adult £1.70, child 60p, family £4.40.
House and garden: adult £8.80 (£8), child £4.50 (£4.09), family £22.10 (£20.09). Garden only: adult £4.80 (£4.36), child £2.60 (£2.36), family £12.30 (£11.18).
Per person park admission charges apply to all visitors. Additional charges apply for the house and garden, these are purchased from the Visitor Reception by the main car park.

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

The Peach House has now been repaired and is open to visitors. Dogs allowed in the park but NOT in the garden.

Garden Features & Events

A country house, park and garden where time has stood still; One of the Trust's most child-friendly and fun properties; Baroque mansion with unique collections of curiosities; Stunning 18th-century Chinese silk bed, Invisible corridors, underground tunnels and a secret garden; Enchanting walled-gardens and restored Orangery; Calke Park is a National Nature Reserve set in over 240 hectares (600 acres)

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National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

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Inns & Pubs:

John Thompson, Ingleby

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Description of Garden

The National Trust's programme of restoration here has been careful to retain the essence of the garden by sympathetic and gradual restoration and not simply sweeping away all the accumulated remnants of the family's occupation and use of the garden. The flower and kitchen gardens were moved away from the house in the late 18th century to enable it to sit in a more natural landscape, with the result that the ancient woods pasture and lakes provide a lovely tranquil setting for the house. The deer, who had done so much damage to the garden, have been fenced into a part of the park and the Pleasure Ground has been renovated and planted with wildflowers and bulbs. Lady Crewe's Garden has been completely restored and the curious design of 22 small beds in the lawn have been planted with annuals and exotics, such as cordylines and Chusan palms. The borders nearby feature the fragrant wallflower named after the Rev. Harpur-Crewe.

An extraordinary and unique Auricula Theatre for displaying auriculas and summer pot plants, is located in the north-west corner of the garden. It presents these plants, related to the primrose, to view and fresh air whilst shading them from rain and noonday sun. The Physic garden, now a working kitchen garden with its assortment of frames, hot beds and glasshouses and the Vinery have also been restored. The gardener's bothy is also worth examining with its collection of original tools and seed cabinet.

History Of Garden

Home of the eccentric and reclusive Harpur-Crewe family since 1622, its splendours were only revealed in 1985 when the National Trust took it on and began opening it to the public. The Rev. Harpur Crewe who died in 1883, was a notable gardener and plant collector and rector of Drayton Beauchamp in Buckinghamshire, and has a yellow wallflower, Cheiranthus 'Harpur Crewe', named after him which is grown here.

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