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. It's also the venue for our popular woodland festival.
We are delighted that for the fifth year running the park earned the Green Flag Award 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).
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.
Entry and car parking
Entry to the park is free.
Car parking charges apply (unless you are a blue badge holder).
A single season ticket can be registered to two vehicles. This allows you to visit any of our listed countryside sites using either car (but not both at the same time) providing it is clearly displayed on your dashboard.
If you want to change or add a vehicle to your pass, please contact us, tel: 01629 533870.
We would strongly advise against parking in the main public car park without your pass on display. We can arrange for alternative parking while your pass is being amended or reissued.
Elvaston Castle Country Park is low lying and after periods of rain can be muddy underfoot. Please take extra care at such times.
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)
Some sat navs try to direct vehicles off the A6 Derby By-pass into Elvaston Castle Country Park via a slip road to Bridlegate Lane, Alvaston. There is no access to the park via this route (nor turning room along its length should you commit to it). The lane is clearly marked off the by-pass with a 'dead-end' highways sign.
Information panels, which include site maps, are located:
- within the main car park (one close to the lakeside path entrance and another on the exterior wall of the public toilets block)
- underneath the arch within the central courtyards
- within the information centre and shop
- in the castle entrance corridor
- at the end of South Avenue opposite the bus stop.
A site map is attached to this page. Or pick up a free site leaflet and map from our information centre and shop
There are no bus services that stop directly outside the main entrance to the park. You can find out the most suitable bus and rail services from:
- 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)
- Countryside visitor survey (40KB)
- Elvaston Park map (417KB)
- Elvaston Castle Country Park site leaflet (1785KB)
- Elvaston Castle - Local Nature Reserve map (771KB)
- Elvaston Local Nature Reserve leaflet (181KB)
- Elvaston main car park (439KB)
- Elvaston showground car park (512KB)
- Elvaston staff car park (408KB)