Chatsworth House Guide

Chatsworth House & Bridge, Derbyshire
Chatsworth House & Bridge - © Rob Bendall / User:Highfields

Located in the scenic Peak District Chatsworth House is a well known and popular heritage attraction. The central location in the acclaimed Peak District makes it easily accessible from much of England. For visitors there is plenty to see and do here from the most famous feature the House to the Gardens, there is also the Park and Woodland to discover. Chatsworth is the family home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire who still reside here, the attractions here have been opened to the public offering visitors with a chance to the see the heritage site.


Chatsworth House in the scenic Peak District, Derbyshire offers visitors with a number of attractions including the famous house and gardens. The estate is a historic one and makes for an enjoyable day out for the family and particularly interesting for those with a love of heritage and history. The house offers visitors the chance to stroll through at your own pace taking in the wonderful rooms and learning more about the intriguing stories associated with the house over the years. There is a wealth of history and stories that recount the past few centuries at the house.

Artworks contained in the house form an impressive collection that span for approx 4,000 years dating back to the ancient Greeks up to present day works by a number of British artists.

There are guides in the rooms who are on hand to answer any questions you have during your tour. There are a number of tours and talks on a daily basis along with an audio guide to get better acquainted with the house.

There are varying displays and new displays at put up on a regular basis for visitors to see. Each year from March until October the tour of the house includes parts of the second floor, this including access to the five state rooms. From November until February the second floor is closed for conservation and maintenance. Therefore for those wishing to see the impressive state rooms a visit between March and October is required.

The Garden is an impressive sight and is over 100 acres in size, it has been described as beautiful throughout the year. The present day garden represents a gradual evolution over four centuries and is still evolving today. The gardens are a walkers' paradise with over five miles of walks available for visitors to stroll through at their leisure. The walks include seeing displays of trees, hedges, shrubs, temples, ponds, streams and a range of sculptures. The gardens also offer a place to enjoy a picnic in tranquil and scenic surroundings.

The Private Art Collections at Chatsworth is renowned for being among the finest in Europe. The collections have been built up over the years by several generations of the Cavendish family, the collections are still increasing currently. The collections contain varied objects such as Dutch flower vases and Royal thrones and many others.

The Farmyard & Adventure Playground is a favourite among children with a range of farm animals and an adventure playground for children to play on. At the farmyard there are milking demonstrations and daily animal handling sessions. The farmyard contains cows, goats, pigs, sheep and horses among other animals and there are a number of special talks and events that take place here.

The Park is a 1,000 acre park located on the banks of the river Derwent, the park was designed by the famous and acclaimed 'Capability' Brown back in the 18th century and is considered among the most beautiful parks and landscapes in the UK providing visitors with a wonderful sight.

Stand Wood is located behind the house at Chatsworth, the woodland offers a scenic backdrop for the house and has within it a diverse range of wildlife and trees. There are some wonderful views across the park for visitors to enjoy.

How to Get There

Chatsworth is most easily accessed by car:

By Car:

Chatsworth is located approx 8 miles from Matlock off the B6012.

From the M1 Motorway it is 16 miles from junction 29. From the M1 exit at junction 29 that is signposted for Chesterfield and then follow the brown tourist signs to get to Chatsworth.

For those using Satellite Navigation systems the postcode is DE45 1PP.

Parking at Chatsworth is available on the site and is free for disabled badge holders.

Contact Details

DE45 1PP

Telephone: +44 (0)1246 565300

Website: Chatsworth

Facilities & Information

Opening Times:

The House, Garden, Gift shops, Farmyard and Restaurant are usually open every day open until late December


Mon to Sun: 11.00 to 17.30 (last admission at 16.30)


Mon to Sun: 11.00 to 18.00 (last admission at 17.00)

Farmyard & Adventure Playground:

Mon to Sun: 10.30 to 17.30 (last admission at 16.30)

Further Information:

Admission Prices:

Discovery Pass (For All Attractions)

Adults: £16 approx, Children: £10 approx, Concessions: £13 approx, Family £48 approx

House & Garden only:

Adults: £11.50 approx, Children: £6.25 approx, Concessions: £9.20 approx, Family £30 approx

Note: There are a range of tickets on offer & there are discounts available if tickets are bought online saving approx 10%.


The Carriage House restaurant offers visitors with a range of snacks, meals and refreshments. There are ice creams available from the park shop.

There are a number of gift shops on site offering a range of gift items & souvenirs.

The Chatsworth farm shop and restaurant serve locally sourced and home baked produce.


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For Local Search and Directions see: Chatsworth House Map

Tips & Other Considerations

There may be some variations on the opening hours depending on the time of year and other factors. It is recommended visitors double check before going to ensure the attraction you wish to see is open and avoid disappointment.

Always remain alert, vigilant and aware of your belongings at all times when travelling. Ensure valuables such as your wallet/purse are hidden away from public view. If you have a bag try to use a shoulder bag with a good quality, strong strap, that is put across your shoulder not on your shoulder making it more difficult for anyone to take your bag.

If you are travelling by car to the Chatsworth ensure you are well prepared with maps and Sat Nav to aid your journey, particularly if you are not familiar with the local area and roads. Check the traffic information & updates before you start your journey.

If you are travelling by public transport, check for service updates prior to beginning your journey for any delays, disruption or cancellations to services that may impact on your journey. Ensure you have the service timetables for the trains, buses and coaches. Remember when the last services are and ensure you make it to the train/bus/coach stops well in time.

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