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.
Explore the historic house for fascinating stories and one of Europe’s most significant art collections. In the garden, discover water features, giant sculptures and beautiful flowers set in Britain’s most stunning and surprising country estate. Or come face to face with our farm animals in our working farmyard and enjoy adventurous fun in the playground.
Furthermore, with holiday cottages and hotels, shops and restaurants, including Britain’s best farm shop, you can really make the most of your time with us.
Today’s opening hours
Garden only: every day from 24 March, 11am to 5.30pm.
Garden only: every day from 24 March, 11am to 5.30pm.
Chatsworth is located in central England, in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire. It is north of Derby and south of Sheffield.
Various buses travel to Chatsworth.
The closest train station to is Chesterfield. However, buses from Chesterfield do not come all the way into to Chatsworth. The closest bus stop is Baslow, which is 2km on foot. It is possible to take the train to Sheffield and then take a bus from the Sheffield Interchange (across the road) directly to Chatsworth. Buses run approximately every hour.
- Offers bike storage
Car park on site
Historic Houses members can visit the gardens for free once a year.
On the same day as a visit to the garden, Chatsworth offers HHA members a house ticket for a discounted rate of £10. Tickets are available on the day of visiting, from the admission points. These tickets are not available in advance online.
Prices for non Historic Houses members vary, please see website.
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
- Hearing loops
- Access statement available
- Guide dogs welcome
- Accessible parking
- Sign language guides/videos
- Accessible toilets
A special exhibition, running between March and October this year and called ‘Chatsworth Renewed’, will highlight the work of those involved in the restoration process.
Feel free to explore the garden at your leisure or take part in one of our guided tours.
Allow as much time as little legs take.
Circular walk to Calton Hollow
3km or 2.25 miles
Allow 1.5 hours
Circular walk to Edensor
5km or 3 miles
Allow 2 hours
Chatsworth Country Fair
31 August, 1 & 2 September 2018
Dancing diggers, diving dogs and heroic horsemanship will provide some of the exciting entertainment packed into this year’s Chatsworth Country Fair taking place over three days on the Derbyshire estate set against the gleaming stonework of the newly restored house.
JCB’s ten tonne ballerinas have curtsied for the Queen; pirouetted for television and thrilled thousands all over the world. Now the team of mechanical monsters weighing over 80 tonnes will bring their elegant and light dance moves to the Grand Ring.
Also back are the Household Cavalry Musical Ride whose riders perform to music a set of complex drill movements that showcase the skill, courage, precision and discipline of horse and rider. As part of the display, the riders lie on the ground with their horses to mimic a move they would have done on the battlefield. With fanfares to start and end the display and soldiers in full ceremonial regalia, this is always a sight to behold.
As ever, there is plenty of aerial entertainment with flypasts by the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, as well as breathtaking aerobatics from the Global All-Stars and precision parachuting from The British Legion Extreme Human Flight Team. One of the country’s largest hot air balloon lifts setting off each day in the early morning and at dusk across the river Derwent and parkland will provide a majestic sight across the countryside (lifts subject to suitable weather).
Changes this year see the Fine Food Village and the Stoves Cookery Demonstration Theatre moved to a bigger location in front of the house. Always a crowd favourite is the chance to experience first-hand some of the nation’s favourite chefs whipping up delicious culinary delights. This year, the live demos are headlined by Nadiya Hussain on Friday, followed by fair stalwarts Mary Berry CBE on Saturday and Paul Hollywood on Sunday along with some of the region’s most inspirational chefs.
The space next to the river will now accommodate an expanded fly fishing offer with more opportunities to ‘have-a-go’ casting a line from the new pontoons. Also new this year is K9 Aqua Sports, featuring all kinds of aquatic canine competition. Dogs will jump from a deck into a large swimming pool and compete against each other in the long jump, high jump and the sprint for dogs. As well as being great fun to watch, there’s also the chance to put your own dog to the test with ‘have-a-go’ sessions. It is open to all dogs, of any breed, size and ability, as long as they are over 6 months old
It will take all day to explore the showground with its host of attractions from the celebration of traditional country crafts to highland dancing, ferret racing and chance to have-a-go at dog racing; archery, clay pigeon or rifle shooting, not forgetting the shopping village.
In this celebration of the countryside, animals naturally take a starring role, whether it’s the adorable ponies taking part in the high-speed Mounted Games, the terrier race and hounds parade or the falconry display.
There is lots on offer for children too, from joining the Children’s March Past or the family fun dog show to wearing them out with the zorb balls, bungee trampoline, climbing wall, bumper cars, vintage fairground and the chance to get up close to exotic animals.
There are a number of accessible toilets around the showground as well as a attended Mobiloo, and a limited number of blue badge car parking spaces at the front of each car park.
On the gate prices for adults are £25 each day and includes parking while children 14 and under go free. There are also lots of offers available for booking in advance online including a two day ticket for just £32. Gates open at 9am each day, with a closing ceremony at 6.30pm.
We are delighted that you might be thinking of Chatsworth as a venue for your wedding. We are sure you will agree that Chatsworth makes an exceptional location for civil wedding ceremonies and wedding receptions.
We would be happy to organise your wedding celebrations for you and make it a very special day that you will always remember.
At Chatsworth, we understand that every bride and groom is different and we offer a range of wedding packages to create a special day, whatever your style and budget.
The Chatsworth House wedding is our most prestigious venue and offers an exclusive wedding inside Chatsworth House. Rooms include the Painted Hall and Great Dining Room.
The Stables is the perfect venue for your wedding with beautiful rooms for your ceremony and reception, designed by James Paine in 1758.
Afternoon Tea Wedding
This wedding for smaller parties has all the grandeur of a Chatsworth wedding, but offers something a little bit different.
The Chatsworth weddings team works closely with every couple to make sure dreams are turned into reality. There are a variety of packages to choose from on the Chatsworth website.
Chatsworth is the perfect place for all your corporate events, including meetings, conferences, exhibitions, product launches, receptions inside Chatsworth House and private dining.
The minimum is 10 people and the maximum is 120 people.
An education visit to Chatsworth makes for a rewarding day for students and teachers alike – whatever their stage of learning. Bursting with history, art from all ages and a working farmyard, there is so much at Chatsworth to enrich your students' curriculum.
The list of possible locations is endless, from the restored exteriors and beautiful historic interiors of Chatsworth House itself to the 105-acre garden, including the Maze, Cascade, Rockery and impressive Emperor Fountain.
Entire villages, isolated houses and barns, parkland and forests, farms, lakes and rivers, moorland, pubs, shops and hotels are also available in and around Derbyshire's Peak District.