Chatsworth House, Bakewell

At stately Chatsworth House, experience British royal life in the countryside. The historic 16th-century home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire sits on 405 hectares (1,000 acres) of manicured parkland in the heart of the scenic Peak District. Of the house's 126 rooms, you can visit 30. You'll see lavishly decorated interiors and many works and ancient artifacts that are part of a significant art collection from around the world. Watch animal demonstrations in the farmyard, such as cow-milking and chick-hatching, and wander around the sculptures, waterfalls, fountains, and hedgerow mazes in the 42.5 hectare (105 acre) garden. The house also hosts temporary exhibits, so check the program before visiting. A visit to Chatsworth House represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Bakewell visit planning site to plot your vacation.
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  • Dog-crazy people!!!! We absolutely loved our visit to Chatswoof. There is so much to see and do at Chatsworth House, impressive all year round with ever changing exhibitions and experiences. Best to i...  more »
  • You can see for miles and just about everything you see belongs to Chatsworth! Capability Brown landscaped the park, which is exceptionally picturesque. You only get to tour about a third of the house...  more »
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  • A wonderful place to visit but if you want to see and do it all you need to get there early or plan a couple of days in. You can walk for miles and miles around the estate, across the many fields, through the woodland and by the river. Or stay close to the house and spend just as long wandering round the formal gardens and discovering many hidden gems. The house itself is an amazing thing to see. An enormous building with so much to see it can easily take a few hours to get round if you are particularly interested in learning the history as there is just so much to take in! Sadly last time I went round I had a 3 year old to entertain so couldn't spend as long as I'd have wanted taking in the sites. They are perfectly happy for children to go into the house and try and make it interesting for them usually by having things for them to find hidden in the house. However..they do not allow prams/buggies in the house so babies have to be carried. They do have different baby carriers available to borrow but be prepared to do that if you want to go in. Also you cant carry any rucksacks or large bags round with you (so Carriers for children on your back is a no no to) but you can store your bags in lockers outside the main house gates. There are numerous places dotted around the main facilities to get refreshments with the main restaurant area being situated in the old stable block along side the gift shop and a little art gallery. There is an outdoor seating area here to in the courtyard that is a great little sun trap. Just up from the stable block is the farm park and adventure play ground that is a fantastic place for kids. The only down side to Chatsworth is it can become very expensive as on top of the car parking charge you have to pay to go in each thing ( although if you go into the house you automatically exit into the gardens so that's a combined price). - walking in the grounds is free and there's a nice walk up the road (hardly used) to the hunting tower that gives phenomenal views of the park once you get up there.
  • Wonderful Woodlands, sadly got there too late to see the inside of the house as the tours stopped from 4pm. But the maze was fun and the scenery was beautiful, a very serene place to pass through 😊
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