Elvaston Castle and Estate is a mixture of historic buildings, formal gardens and parkland just south of the City of Derby.
At its core is Elvaston Castle, for 400 years the home of the Stanhope family, who later became the Earls of Harrington. The Castle is a 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 national heritage importance, including some fascinating rock-work.
Visitors can explore the 300 acres of varied landscape with a range of walks and views, together with visitor facilities including a café and Information Shop.
However, the property faces major financial and other challenges. To secure the long-term future of the Estate, Derbyshire County Council (the owners) are working in partnership with the National Trust to help develop that sustainable future. Have a look at the ‘What’s Happening’ to find out more about the Council’s plans for this special place.