Elvaston Castle Country Park
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.
We are delighted that for the second year running the park earned the Green Flag Award (opens in a new window) 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. For more information on what Elvaston Castle Country Park had to achieve in order to gain this award, please visit the Green Flag Award website (opens in a new window).
For more information on what Elvaston Castle Country Park had to achieve in order to gain this award, please visit the Green Flag Award (opens in a new window) website.
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.
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 us in 1968.
In 1970 the estate was opened as one of the first country parks in England and 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.
On 27 and 28 September 2014 the park will host Derbyshire County Council's woodland festival for its third year. This event showcases traditional and contemporary woodland crafts such as basket making, chair making, pole lathe turning and chainsaw carving.
There will be lots of hands-on activities for both children and adults so come along and make your own Harry Potter style broom, some woodland jewellery, ride in the horse and cart or listen to the songs and stories of the green man. Please see the woodland festival attachment below.
Entry to the park is free. Car parking charges apply (unless you are a blue badge holder).
The park is open all year round. Opening times are:
9am to 5pm from October to March
9am to 8pm from April to September
Elvaston Castle and Country Park
Borrowash Road (A6120)
An information panel and site map can be found in the main car park, close to the lakeside path entrance. In addition a map is located within the central courtyard.
You can download an A3 site map from the related documents section on this page or take a virtual tour of the castle and country park by using the link in the information on other websites section below.
If you have any suggestions, comments, complaints or compliments about Elvaston Castle Country Park we would be pleased to receive them. You can get in touch with us using the details on this page.
There are no bus services that alight directly outside the main entrance to the park. You can find out the most suitable bus and rail services by contacting:
Bus service traveline: 0871 200 22 33 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network charges)
Rail services: 08 457 48 49 50
- Bridleway/Horse riding trail
- Picnic area
- Woodland with public access
- Wildlife area
- Light refreshments
- Easy access for all
- On-site information
- Camping/Caravan site
- Children's play area
- Nature trail
- Events area
- Cycle path
- Elvaston Country Park
The following documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)
- Elvaston Park map (417KB)
- Elvaston Castle Country Park site leaflet (1785KB)
- Elvaston Castle - Local Nature Reserve map (771KB)
- Elvaston Local Nature Reserve leaflet (1007KB)
- Woodland Festival 2014 (1779KB)