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Elvaston Castle Country Park

Elvaston, Derbyshire

Elvaston Castle Country Park

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.


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  • Baby Changing FacilitiesBaby Changing Facilities

  • Car ParkingCar Parking

  • Children WelcomeChildren Welcome

  • Children's Play AreaChildren's Play Area

  • Coach ParkingCoach Parking

  • Cycle TrailsCycle Trails

  • Disabled ParkingDisabled Parking

  • Disabled ToiletsDisabled Toilets

  • Dogs AllowedDogs Allowed

  • Gift ShopGift Shop

  • Horse Riding TrailsHorse Riding Trails

  • Information CentreInformation Centre

  • Open All YearOpen All Year

  • Picnic AreaPicnic Area

  • Restaurant CafeRestaurant Cafe

  • ToiletsToilets

  • Walking TrailsWalking Trails

  • Wheelchair AccessWheelchair Access

  • Grassy PathsGrassy Paths

  • Mapped for OrienteeringMapped for Orienteering

  • No Paths/Rough PathsNo Paths/Rough Paths

  • Surfaced PathsSurfaced Paths

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  • Parking

    Parking 80p Mon - Fri. £1.40 weekends and bank holidays.

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  • Opening times

    Country Park
    9am - 8pm

    Country Park
    9am - 5pm

    Old English Garden (walled)
    9.30am - 3.30pm

    Italian Garden & Azalea Garden
    October - May
    Closed due to wet ground conditions

  • Admissions

    Adult: FREE

    Car Parking
    Adult: See description for details

  • Address

    Borrowash Road, Elvaston, Derbyshire, DE72 3EP

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