Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. With its 105-acre Chatsworth Garden, working farmyard, woodland playground and variety of shops and restaurants, there really is something for everyone. There’s also a programme of exciting events throughout the year including the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, Chatsworth County Fair and Chatsworth International Horse Trials.
How to get there by public transport?
Many local bus services stop at Chatsworth. The bus stop is just a short walk from the house, garden and farmyard entrances. Service 218, operated by TM Travel, runs between Sheffield Interchange and Bakewell, stopping at Chatsworth daily. Chatsworth House has partnered with TM Travel so anyone travelling on this service can get £4 off the admission price.
There’s a cycle storage facility for visitors arriving by bicycle. These are located at the front of the house, adjacent to the left luggage room.
How much does it cost?
Chatsworth is free for a walk around the wider garden and surrounding woods, but there are several different ticket combinations for those wishing to further explore the house, enclosed garden, farmyard and adventure playground. They range from £23 for a single adult ticket that includes entry to all these attractions - to £6.50 for a single adult or child with access only to the farmyard and adventure playground.
What is the best thing about the place/attraction?
Steeped in history, there are so many highlights. The Painted Hall is beautiful whilst the gravity-fed Emperor Fountain is truly impressive.
When is the best time to visit?
Chatsworth is vibrant all year round, but especially beautiful in the warmer months when you can take longer walks in the gardens or spend fun filled hours in the farm and woodland playground. Chilly days provide a perfect opportunity to explore the house and there are, of course, the magical Chatsworth Christmas displays.
There are places to grab food and drinks on the go (if you’re busy exploring), three restaurants if you’re after a meal and there are cafés in the farm shop and farm yard too. There’s a shop for everyone too. Ranging from the Farm shop offering home grown produce to the Orangery shop that stocks Chatsworth-inspired gifts, including favourites chosen by the Duke and Duchess.
The House, garden and farmyard areas are all accessible via ramps and lifts. There are adapted lavatories near the house entrance, in the Carriage House restaurant and in the farmyard. There are no adapted lavatories within the garden. Assistance dogs are welcome in the house, garden, farmyard, playground and park. The free audio tour is not specifically designed for people with visual impairments, but assistance with directions and descriptions can be provided by the guides on the visitor route. Induction loops are installed at the house, garden and farmyard entrances.
If you go there, don’t miss…
The Hidden Gem Walking Tour is free and perfect for exploring some of Chatsworth’s treasures. It includes some of the better-known spots such as the Maze and Emperor Fountain as well as some of the lesser known features. Starting from the lower garden entrance, it takes approximately one hour.
Chatsworth House and gardens photographs courtesy of Chatsworth House Trust.