Chatsworth – House, gardens and farmyard

Chatsworth, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, has been home to the Cavendish family since the mid-16th century when it was first built by Sir William Cavendish and his third wife Bess of Hardwick. The jewel of Derbyshire, this Grade I listed house is simply breathtakingly beautiful. It sits on the banks of the river Derwent surrounded by expansive parkland.

Chatsworth Estate,

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Visitor Opening Times:
Opening times vary throughout the year.
Please visit the website for further details


The 105-acre garden includes the famous 300-year-old Cascade and magnificent Emperor fountain gravity-fed from lakes high above the house. The 1000-acre park was designed by “Capability “Brown in the 1760s, is arguably one of the most iconic and well known historic landscapes of any stately home. The 6th Duke engaged Joseph Paxton as the head gardener. Paxton created the Emperor Fountain as well as the Great Conservatory sadly since demolished and replaced by the current maze.

The parklands surrounding the house cover around 1,000 acres and is a superb area of open space, with woods and great views of the house and surrounding area.

The farmyard welcomes children young and old and hosts many farm animals, it gives an insight into typical farm life. Giving milking and other demonstrations at various times. A small adventure playground is located next to the farmyard

Each year Chatsworth hosts several 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. Except for Christmas events, the house and gardens close during the winter months, so please do check opening times on Chatsworth’s website before travelling.

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