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Chatsworth Gardens

Type:Garden

Chatsworth
Bakewell
Derbyshire
DE45 1PP
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Chatsworth Gardens

About

Famous for its rich history, historic and modern waterworks and sculptures, its Victorian rock garden and maze, there is something for everyone in the 105-acre Chatsworth Garden.

The house and garden were first constructed by Sir William Cavendish and Bess of Hardwick in 1555. The Elizabethan garden was much smaller than the modern garden is now.

In 1811 the 6th Duke (known as the Bachelor Duke) inherited a garden which had been sadly neglected by his father. The restoration, on a very grand scale, was not immediate and 15 years were to pass before Joseph Paxton was appointed as head gardener. Paxton proved to be the most innovative garden designer of his era, and remains the greatest single influence on Chatsworth’s garden.

In the last 60 years, many of the historic features of the garden have been restored and numerous important new features have been added. These include the ravine and azalea dell, he rose garden, the serpentine hedges and, last year, the trout stream was redesigned.

Last year, the gardens hosted the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show which was a great success and has now become an annual event.

Guide Prices

For details on admission prices and parking, please check the Chatsworth website

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments

Children

  • Children welcome

Parking

  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted
  • Public toilets

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Coach parties accepted

Opening Times

Season (23 Mar 2019 - 23 May 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 17:30
Season (24 May 2019 - 1 Sept 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:30 - 18:00
Season (2 Sept 2019 - 9 Nov 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 17:30

* Last admittance one hour before closing

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From North/South Leave M1 at Junction 29 and take A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select left lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at next roundabout, take 1st exit (continuous lane, signposted Chatsworth). At traffic lights, select middle lane and to straight on, keep in left land and at roundabout (Matalan), take 2nd exit (A619, signposted Chatsworth). Continue for 8 miles through the village of Baslow. Pass Cavendish Hotel on left, at roundabout, take 1st exit signed Chatsworth. Follow road for approx 1½ miles to Chatsworth Estate. Cross cattle grid and take next left to the House.

From East Follow A617 to junction with M1 and follow route from North/South

From West From Bakewell, take A6 (signposted Matlock) to village of Rowsley. Take 1st left after Peacock Inn (signposted Chatsworth). Follow road to traffic light controlled bridge. Continue on same road through Chatsworth Estate and take next right to the House.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station in Chesterfield 10 miles away.

Bus number 170 from Chesterfield town centre to Baslow followed by 1¼ mile walk.

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