Elvaston Castle and Estate is situated approximately 6.5 km southeast of Derby City Centre. The Estate is a much loved public green-space with an estimated 360, 000 visitors coming every year.
The site extends across 130 hectares and has been owned and managed by Derbyshire County Council since 1969, opening to the public as a Country Park in 1970. Since 2013, the Council has been working in partnership with the National Trust to find a sustainable future for the Estate (www.futureelvaston.co.uk). This work has included the development of a 10 year vision and plan for Elvaston Castle and Estate.
At the core of the Estate is Elvaston Castle, for 400 years the home of the Stanhope family, who later became the Earls of Harrington (currently public access to the Castle is limited to Gothic Hall open days and hire only). The Castle is predominantly nineteenth century creation built around an earlier seventeenth century house, with a range of nearby courtyards and stable buildings. Surrounding the Castle is a series of 'garden rooms', a nearby lake and wider parkland. Many of the buildings and much of the gardens and parkland are designated for their heritage importance.
The varied landscape provides a wonderful and very attractive setting that is enjoyed for a wide range of recreation and access. The Estate is also important for wildlife, particularly bats, and part of the site is designated a Local Nature Reserve.
We are delighted that for the third year running the park earned the Green Flag Award for its quality green-space provision (first achieved in July 2013). The Green Flag Award is the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales.
Accepts Credit Cards
Baby Changing Facilities
Children's Play Area
Horse Riding Trails
Open All Year
Mapped for Orienteering
No Paths/Rough Paths
Parking 80p Mon - Fri. £1.40 weekends and bank holidays.
9am - 8pm
9am - 5pm
Old English Garden (walled)
9.30am - 3.30pm
Italian Garden & Azalea Garden
October - May
Closed due to wet ground conditions
Adult: See description for details
Borrowash Road, Elvaston, Derbyshire, DE72 3EP