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.
The 105 acre garden is famous for its rich history, and includes historic and modern waterworks and sculptures, Joseph Paxton’s Rockery, the maze and an impressive kitchen garden. The famous waterworks include the 300 year old Cascade, the trough waterfall in the rockery and the gravity-fed Emperor fountain which plays to 90m. The 1000 acre park, designed by 'Capability' Brown in the 1760s, is one of the most iconic and historic man-made landscapes in Britain.
The working farmyard offers people of all ages the opportunity to handle the animals, learn about food production and find out more about poultry, cattle and sheep, to name but a few, whilst the woodland adventure playground is a thrill for children of all ages, including slides, trampolines and water and sand play.
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.
From the M1 take Junction 29, Chesterfield, and follow the brown signs, 16 miles. From Matlock, take the A6, then the B6012, 8 miles. We are 30 minutes drive from Chesterfield railway station and 40 minutes from Sheffield railway station
If travelling through Baslow, you will see the Golden Gates into Chatsworth. These are for authorised access only, except in the case of some special events. Please follow the brown signs for the public entrance to Chatsworth on the B6012.
The closest train station to Chatsworth is Chesterfield. However buses from Chesterfield do not come all the way into to Chatsworth, the closest bus stop is Baslow (2km by foot).
It is possible to take the train to Sheffield then take a bus from the Sheffield Interchange (across the road) directly to Chatsworth. Buses run approximately every hour.
East Midlands Trains operate regular trains to and from Chesterfield and Sheffield via Derby. Chesterfield station is approximately 2 hours journey from London St Pancras.
A number of buses to Chatsworth stop close to the house just a short walk from the house, garden and farmyard entrances. Passengers arriving by bus into Baslow village are able to access the park via a public footpath. From the bus stop at Goose Green, walk over the bridge and follow the path to your right. It is then a pleasant 2km walk to the House and attractions from here.
If you travel on a TM Travel bus to Chatsworth you will receive £2 discount on house and garden admission. Visitors will receive the discount at the entrance on production of their TM Travel ticket and discount voucher – available in the bus timetable leaflet from tourism information centres, bus stations and the Chatsworth information room.
We have cycle storage facilities for visitors arriving by bicycle. These are located at the front of the house, adjacent to the information room.
The Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop has been announced as a finalist for Farm Shop of the Year.
A delicious new brunch menu will be on offer at Flying Childers at Chatsworth featuring specially designed dishes to enjoy at the restaurant located at The Stables.
Here’s a quick look at what visitors to the Derbyshire estate can look forward to this year.
Children will be transported to a Wild West themed adventure at Chatsworth Farmyard and Adventure Playground this half term.
The Duke and Duchess of Devonshire will share some of their favourite treasures and places around their home, Chatsworth, as part of a series of Winter Talks.