Located in Derbyshire, near to Derby and Nottingham, Elvaston Castle Country Park encompasses approx 200 acres of open parkland, woodland and more formal historical gardens.
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 1800's 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, horseriding, bird watching, picnicking, kite flying, photography, exploring the park and nature reserve and much more.
In September the park will be hosting the Derbyshire County Council Woodland Festival for its second 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 on this page.
The park is open all year round. Opening times are:
09:00 - 17:00 during winter hours (October - March).
09:00 - 20:00 during summertime hours (April - September).