A jewel of South Derbyshire: Elvaston Castle
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A jewel of South Derbyshire: Elvaston Castle

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Located in Derbyshire, near to Derby and Nottingham, Elvaston Castle Country Park encompasses approximately 321 acres of open parkland, woodland and more formal historical gardens. It’s also the venue for our popular woodland festival!

For the sixth year running the park earned the Green Flag Award, the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales, for its quality green-space provision (first achieved in July 2013) – you’ll not find many better green spaces in Derbyshire.

At the heart of the estate lies Elvaston Castle, a gothic revival masterpiece (not open to the public) designed by James Wyatt in the early 1800s based on the original house dating back to 1633.

A gothic masterpiece: Elvaston Castle. Credit: Derby Telegraph

Wyatt’s design, built for the third Earl of Harrington, became home to the Stanhope family until the estate was sold by the then Earl of Harrington to a quarrying company in 1968. In 1969 the then Derby Corporation purchased the estate from the company and in 1970 the estate was opened as one of the first country parks in England. Today both the buildings and gardens are registered (Grade 2 and Grade 2*) as being of special architectural and historical interest.

In addition, within the estate, structures such as the recently renovated golden gates, Moorish temple and ha-ha wall provide a fascinating glimpse of the past.

The gardens are locally renowned for their rockwork structures and fine examples of topiary, originally introduced and designed by William Barron in the 19th century.

Whatever the season there is always lots to see and do in and around the park − walking, cycling, horse riding, bird watching, picnicking, kite flying, photography, exploring the park and nature reserve and much more.

Rain or shine, you'll not be short of things to do at Elvaston Castle!

Want to find out more information surrounding Elvaston Castle Country Park, including information to do with opening times, car parking, and how to get there? We’ve found Derbyshire County Council’s page extremely helpful. You can visit it by clicking HERE.

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