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Future for Elvaston

As part of the Future for Elvaston project, local people were asked for their views on a draft 10-year vision and plan for Elvaston Castle and estate.


These changes include:

  • a commitment to leave the showground where it is for now
  • altering the optimum use for Home Farm from residential to activity-related
  • the relocation of the proposed access road to a new location
  • details of how pedestrian routes can be kept safe and separate from vehicle access
  • how drainage will be sympathetically addressed, taking wildlife and other environmental considerations into account

Since the 1990s the cost of running the estate and maintaining the buildings has become increasingly difficult costing Derbyshire council tax-payers up to £900,000 a year.

In 2013, we entered into a partnership with the National Trust to support us in finding new ways of attracting more visitors, increasing income and protecting Elvaston's heritage in the years to come.

A 10 year vision for the estate and gardens was developed under the partnership and An independent charity named The Elvaston Castle and Gardens Trust (ECGT) has been established which will manage the estate through a long-term lease agreement with us in the future.

We've been working alongside the Elvaston Castle and Gardens Trust and the Elvaston Castle Masterplan sets out our joint ambitions for the future of the estate.

Repairs report

We've commissioned 2 reports about Elvaston Castle and Country Park - one to look at what essential repairs the castle needs and another to look at the future options.

The 400-page report provides a detailed breakdown of all £6.42 million essential repairs to restore the castle, its buildings and structures.

The executive summary is attached to this page. We cannot attach the full document due to its size.

Copies of the 400-page report are available to view by appointment at Elvaston Castle and Country Park and County Hall in Matlock. To make an appointment call Elvaston Castle tel:  01332 571342 or Angela West at County Hall tel: 01629 538478.

Copies of the full report are available to view electronically at Borrowash Library by appointment. Please call the library on tel: 01332 663440 to arrange to view the report. The library is closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. People wanting to print off pages from the report at the library will be charged at 25p per page.

Report on the future options

A report which looks at the future options for the castle is attached to this page.