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Chatsworth

Type:Historic House

Bakewell
Derbyshire
DE45 1PP
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Tel01246 565300

House in spring

About

Chatsworth, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is set in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire, on the banks of the river Derwent. Home of the Cavendish family since the 1550s, it has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions and interests of succeeding generations.

Chatsworth House has over 30 rooms to explore, from the magnificent Painted Hall, to the family-used chapel, regal State Rooms and beautiful Sculpture Gallery. Chatsworth also houses the Devonshire Collection, one of Europe's most significant art collections, which is continually added to, encompassing Old Masters to contemporary ceramics and artefacts from Ancient Egypt to cutting edge modern sculpture.

Each year Chatsworth hosts a number of special events including the Horse Trials, Country Fair and Christmas market; and from November the lower floors of the house are transformed for the annual Christmas displays. In addition to the busy events programme, each year Chatsworth also hosts a number of special exhibitions included with admission. In addition to the headline exhibition, every autumn the Chatsworth Garden hosts Sotheby's Beyond Limits sculpture exhibition, as well as a rolling programme of showcasing Old Master Drawings which continues through the year.
The estate also offers holiday cottages, hotels, shops and restaurants, including the award winning Chatsworth Estate Farm shop in the village of Pilsley, approximately 1.5 miles from Chatsworth House.

Garden
105 acres of stunning gardens, miles of footpaths, extravagant water features, outdoor art exhibitions, surprises at every turn, rose, cottage, sensory and kitchen gardens, and magnificent views of the park.

Gift Shops
Our shops have a wide selection of beautiful and exclusive products inspired by different aspects of Chatsworth. The five gift shops provide hours of delight and retail therapy.

Farmyard and Adventure Playground
In our working farmyard you can meet and learn about our friendly animals, not to mention milking demonstrations, trailer rides, a fun-packed adventure playground and free seasonal activities.

Farmyard Cafe
Offering family friendly food with freshly made sandwiches, cakes and a range of pasties, you'll find everything you need to refuel during a fun filled day on the farm.

Better access for all for visitors to Chatsworth House itself:
Chatsworth has always prided itself on the welcome we offer all visitors. Now we are able to offer full lift access to all floors of the historic building for the first time, ensuring that visitors using wheelchairs are able to share the same experience as other visitors, and see everything the house has to offer. The Chatsworth team are always ready to help you plan your visit; call us on 01246 565300 to ensure you have the access support you need

Guide Prices

For details on admission prices and parking, please visit http://www.chatsworth.org/book-tickets-and-prices

Awards

  • Green TourismGreen Tourism Gold Award Green Tourism Gold Award 2018
  • Visit EnglandVisitEngland Destination Spa VisitEngland Destination Spa 2016
  • Trip Advisor AwardsTrip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2017
  • Other AwardsHistoric Houses Association Member Historic Houses Association Member 2018
  • Other AwardsThe Treasure Houses of England The Treasure Houses of England 2018

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted - Dogs on leads are allowed in the garden and parkland. Dogs are not allowed in the house or farmyard (except guide dogs).
  • Gift shop
  • Smoking not allowed

Opening Times

House (23 Mar 2019 - 23 May 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Friday11:00 - 16:00
Saturday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00
House (24 May 2019 - 1 Sept 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:30 - 17:00
House (2 Sept 2019 - 9 Nov 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - Friday11:00 - 16:00
Saturday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00

* Last entry one hour before closing
Please note Closed on 24, 25, 26 December 2018 and 1 January 2019.

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

The nearest train station is in Chesterfield, 10 miles away.

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

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Wednesday, 5th June 2019 - Sunday, 9th June 2019

RHS Chatsworth Flower ShowSet in the spectacular grounds of the Chatsworth estate, the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show is looking forward to its third year of bringing innovative gardening ideas, insightful talks theatres and tradestands galore to Derbyshire.
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Friday, 30th August 2019 - Sunday, 1st September 2019

Chatsworth Country FairThe Country Fair returns by kind permission of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Set in the beautiful surroundings of the Chatsworth Park, the Country Fair is a true celebration of the Countryside and its pursuits.
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Friday, 10th May 2019 - Sunday, 12th May 2019

Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse TrialsJoin us and enjoy world-class competition, from elegant dressage and exciting show jumping to gripping cross country.
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Saturday, 30th March 2019 - Sunday, 28th April 2019

Easter at ChatsworthEnjoy the school holidays at Chatsworth for a family fun day out in the garden, farmyard and playground. In addition to our daily activities in the garden and farmyard, we have lots on offer throughout the school holidays.
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Tuesday, 18th June 2019 - Tuesday, 18th June 2019

Tuesday, 8th October 2019 - Tuesday, 8th October 2019

Historic Textile TourA guided tour of the most special textiles on display in the house with visits behind-the-scenes to our textile archives and conservation room.
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Sunday, 23rd June 2019 - Sunday, 23rd June 2019

Saturday, 26th October 2019 - Saturday, 26th October 2019

Basket Making WorkshopUnder the instruction of basket maker Maggie Cooper, weave stems of willow to create a beautiful basket to take away with you.
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Sunday, 23rd June 2019 - Sunday, 23rd June 2019

Saturday, 26th October 2019 - Saturday, 26th October 2019

Willow Sculptures WorkshopWeave your own willow sculpture: create a bee, butterfly or dragonfly using colourful basket willows under the watchful eye of esteemed basket maker Maggie Cooper. At the end of the workshop, you can take your new creation home to enjoy. The workshop includes materials, entrance to the garden on...
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Saturday, 13th July 2019 - Saturday, 13th July 2019

A Guide to Plants and Their UsesA guided tour of the garden learning more about plants and their uses and make your own handcream using plants.
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Saturday, 28th September 2019 - Saturday, 28th September 2019

Pride & Prejudice Regency BallCalling all Lizzie Bennets and Mr Darcys to come along and celebrate summer.
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Wednesday, 7th August 2019 - Wednesday, 7th August 2019

Outdoor Theatre - A Midsummer Night's DreamBring a picnic and spend a glorious summer’s evening at Chatsworth watching one of Shakespeare's most popular and best-loved comedies.
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Tuesday, 13th August 2019 - Tuesday, 13th August 2019

Kitchen garden experienceA walking tour of the Kitchen garden with the chance to pick seasonal fruit and vegetables and take some home
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Wednesday, 11th September 2019 - Wednesday, 11th September 2019

Jewels from the Devonshire CollectionAn illustrated tour followed by a talk with key pieces from the collection.
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Thursday, 18th July 2019 - Thursday, 18th July 2019

Old Park Guided WalkLed by Dave Spencer, Domain Senior Supervisor, explore and learn more about the Old park a Site of Special Scientific Interest, an area of the park normally closed to visitors.
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Friday, 15th November 2019 - Tuesday, 3rd December 2019

Chatsworth Christmas MarketSoak up the Christmas market atmosphere as you browse more than 100 stalls offering a wide range of Christmas gifts and decorations – you’ll be sure to find perfect presents for all the family.
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Tuesday, 11th June 2019 - Tuesday, 11th June 2019

Conservation of the Mortlake TapestriesExplore the conservation process of the Mortlake tapestries.
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Saturday, 23rd March 2019 - Sunday, 6th October 2019

The Dog: A Celebration at ChatsworthThis exhibition, conceived by the Duchess of Devonshire, will explore the Cavendish family’s enduring love for dogs, through paintings, drawings, sculpture, letters, photographs and contemporary art. We will delve deep into the Devonshire Collection to share stories and capture the idiosyncratic,...
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Wednesday, 24th April 2019 - Wednesday, 24th April 2019

Wednesday, 7th August 2019 - Wednesday, 7th August 2019

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Wednesday, 21st August 2019 - Wednesday, 21st August 2019

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Chatsworth Young FarmersJoin our farmyard team to help with their daily jobs. This is a chance for hands-on involvement in caring for the Chatsworth farmyard animals.
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Tuesday, 30th April 2019 - Tuesday, 30th April 2019

Tuesday, 1st October 2019 - Tuesday, 1st October 2019

Chatsworth Up CloseTake a tour with members of the Chatsworth team and discover some surprising secrets along the way.
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Thursday, 20th June 2019 - Thursday, 20th June 2019

Thursday, 8th August 2019 - Thursday, 8th August 2019

Servants' FootstepsWhether you've always wanted to keep your own birds or just want a fun day out with a difference, this workshop is a great hands-on experience.
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Tuesday, 9th July 2019 - Tuesday, 9th July 2019

Seasonal Park Walk - The North Park and Golden GatesExplore the North Park and Golden Gates following the 4th Duke's drive past the Ice House and Ponds to the north edge of the park. Return past Barbrook and Queen Mary's Bower.
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Tuesday, 6th August 2019 - Tuesday, 6th August 2019

Seasonal Park Walk - Secrets of the WarrenBegin with a steep walk up to the Warren, looping across to visit ancient hollow ways and the stone circle and returning through Stand Wood.
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Wednesday, 15th May 2019 - Wednesday, 15th May 2019

Wednesday, 25th September 2019 - Wednesday, 25th September 2019

Seasonal Park Walk - Millenium WalkA rare opportunity to see the park from Dunsa Farm. Begin with a walk over the crobbs and along the track to Dunsa Farm. View the Millennium Avenue from the top before returning via Edensor.
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Tuesday, 25th June 2019 - Tuesday, 25th June 2019

Wednesday, 9th October 2019 - Wednesday, 9th October 2019

Seasonal Park Walk - EdensorExplore the estate village of Edensor and learn a bit more about its history as well.
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Tuesday, 14th May 2019 - Tuesday, 14th May 2019

Head GardenerAn illustrated tour of the garden exploring areas of horticultural interest led by our Head Gardener.
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Tuesday, 14th May 2019 - Tuesday, 14th May 2019

Women who made ChatsworthFrom Bess of Hardwick onwards, a long line of remarkable women have lived and worked at Chatsworth and the other Devonshire properties – from Duchesses and other family members to housekeepers and governesses. This illustrated tour will provide an opportunity to find out more about these women and...
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Sunday, 19th May 2019 - Sunday, 19th May 2019

Saturday, 5th October 2019 - Saturday, 5th October 2019

Watercolour WorkshopEnjoy a half-day watercolour workshop with artist Gillian Beale. Explore your artistic side and take inspiration from the colours in the garden at Chatsworth.
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Friday, 26th July 2019 - Friday, 26th July 2019

Outdoor Cinema - Mary Poppins Returns (U)A long awaited sequel to Disney's musical masterpiece - the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings through a difficult time in their lives.
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Saturday, 27th July 2019 - Saturday, 27th July 2019

Outdoor Cinema - Bohemian Rhapsody (12A)The story of legendary British rock band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury, following their lives leading up to the epic performance at Live Aid.
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Saturday, 22nd June 2019 - Saturday, 22nd June 2019

Saturday, 27th July 2019 - Saturday, 27th July 2019

Saturday, 28th September 2019 - Saturday, 28th September 2019

Saturday, 19th October 2019 - Saturday, 19th October 2019

Plant hunters talk and walkAn illustrated talk about the plant hunting expeditions that the 6th Duke encouraged from Chatsworth during the 19th century followed by a guided walk around the gardens.
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Thursday, 27th June 2019 - Thursday, 27th June 2019

Kennel Club talk and tourA guided tour and a fascinating talk looking into the historical development of dogs as pets by The Kennel Club Collections Manager.
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Tuesday, 2nd July 2019 - Tuesday, 2nd July 2019

Birds, bugs and monstersNatural history in the Chatsworth Library and archives
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Friday, 2nd August 2019 - Friday, 2nd August 2019

Monday, 12th August 2019 - Monday, 12th August 2019

Chatsworth young famers plusGet hands-on in caring for our farmyard animals, with exciting jobs such as collecting eggs, grooming, milking the cows and taking the animals out to the fields - perfect for older children interested in animals and farming.
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Wednesday, 21st August 2019 - Wednesday, 21st August 2019

White gold: Pocelain from the Devonshire CollectionAn illustrated tour led by our Curator of decorative arts focusing on the history of ceramic collecting in the Devonshire family.
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Thursday, 5th September 2019 - Thursday, 5th September 2019

A walk with the dogDiscover more about some of the most important pieces in the The Dog exhibition, including Landseer's Trial by Jury, during an illustrated tour led by our Curator of fine arts.
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Thursday, 12th September 2019 - Thursday, 12th September 2019

VIP tour with the Duchess of DevonshireAn illustrated tour of the house with the Duchess of Devonshire and curator of The Dog exhibition, Alex Hodby.
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Saturday, 14th September 2019 - Saturday, 14th September 2019

Making natural gifts from plantsA guided tour of the garden learning more about plants and their uses and learn to make gifts using plants.
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Friday, 20th September 2019 - Sunday, 22nd September 2019

Chatsworth Arts FestivalA dynamic weekend of culture, thought and performance from high profile artists to inspiring new makers, designers and stylists.
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