Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The house architecture and collection have been evolving for five centuries.
The house has over 30 rooms to explore, from the magnificent Painted Hall, regal State Rooms, newly restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery
Chatsworth has one of Europe's most significant art collections. The diverse collection has grown with each generation and the Devonshire Collection encompasses Old Masters, contemporary ceramics, artefacts from Ancient Egypt, modern sculpture and computer portraits to name but a few.
Having evolved over more than 450 years, the 105 acre Chatsworth garden continues to change today. There is plenty to discover at every turn, including permanent sculptures to be found.
The famous waterworks include the 300 year old Cascade, the trough waterfall in the rockery and the enormous gravity-fed Emperor fountain. As well as the huge maze, the rockery and the rose, cottage and kitchen gardens, there are also over five miles of walks with rare trees, shrubs, streams and ponds to discover.
Farmyard and Adventure Playground
The farmyard at Chatsworth was opened in 1973 and is intended for children of all ages to learn how the land is used, where their food comes from, and why and how we keep cows and sheep.
With animal demonstrations all year round (dependent on season), children can see cow milking, chicks hatching, piglets, trout rearing, and much much more. We also have a newly refurbished 'Guinea pig village' where children can get up close to guinea pigs in daily animal handling sessions.
There is also a climbing forest suitable for children over 6 and adults alike, right in the heart of the spectacular woodland adventure playground. There are regular craft sessions in the Oak Barn, plus trailer rides into Stand Wood.
The 1000 acre park on the banks of the river Derwent, designed by 'Capability' Brown in the 1760s, is one of the most beautiful and historic man-made landscapes in Britain. It is open free throughout the year, during daylight hours. You are welcome to walk, picnic and play in the park.
Within the park is the village of Edensor (pronounced 'Enza') village, rebuilt by The 6th Duke and Joseph Paxton combining a variety of architectural styles, resulting in a picturesque village which is very much at the heart of the Chatsworth community.
Open March – December
Chatsworth has always prided itself on the welcome it offers all visitors. There is full access to the main visitor route in the house for visitors using wheelchairs, via a lift and access arrangements. Please book your visit in advance if you can, as the number of wheelchairs in use on the top floor of this historic building has to be monitored for your safety and enjoyment.
There is good access to the garden, farmyard, shops and restaurants; electric scooters can be borrowed for outside and there are free buggies transporting visitors around the car park and stables area.
A free car park for Blue Badge holders is available at the front of the car park; visitors with restricted mobility may be dropped off and collected from the main entrance.
Electric scooter and manual wheelchairs
There are three scooters which can be borrowed to use in the garden, and eight wheelchairs for use both in the garden and house. Please book in advance to ensure availability. They can be collected from the main gate. For safety reasons, at the discretion of the member of staff on duty, scooters may not be issued in bad weather.
There are adapted lavatories near the house entrance, in the restaurant and at the farmyard, but none in the garden.
There is a lift in the house, allowing access to the entire visitor route for visitors with restricted mobility.
Electric scooters cannot be used inside the house, however other smaller mobility aids other than electric scooters may be used.
Shops and restaurants
The shops, Carriage House restaurant and the bar within the Cavendish Rooms are all fully accessible, although space is limited inside the graden shop. A six seater golf buggy is available to take visitors from the lodge up Stables Hill to the Carriage House restaurant and shop; please ask at the lodge.
Farm shop and restaurant
The farm shop and its restaurant are 1.5 miles from the house; both areas are accessible for visitors in manual wheelchairs.
Farmyard and adventure playground
The entrance to the farmyard and adventure playground is at the top of the main car park. A lift and a ramp give access to all levels and facilities, including animal housing, picnic room, cafe, shop and playground. Please be aware that the playground is a woodland site with uneven terrain and a soft bark surface. The paddocks and picnic area are accessible via a gently sloping footpath.
The 28 seater trailer is fully wheelchair accessible; it offers rides to the woods and lakes behind the house. There is a small additional charge, and if wheelchair access is required, it is essential to pre-book to ensure availability, on 01246 583139. Otherwise, rides are on a 'first come first served' basis. Private tours can be pre-booked for groups of 15 or more.
Wheelchair access from Baslow into the park
The Kissing Gate was installed in 1999, allowing access to the park from Baslow. It allows wheelchair access to the park without leaving a gap through which grazing stock might escape.
Further maps of the garden are included in the guide book and a larger print guidebook is available in English. Please ask a member of staff at the house entrance if you would like to borrow a copy.
Visitors with visual impairments
Visitors with visual impairments are eligible for a complimentary audio tour of the house when buying admission tickets. The sensory garden located near the display house has been developed to stimulate all the senses, including sound, touch and smell.
Visitors with hearing impairments
A British Sign Language interpreter is available by prior arrangement only. To book please call 01246 565 420.
Assistance dogs are welcome in the house, garden and park. Puppies in assistance dog training are welcome in the house, garden and park as long as they are house trained.
The Chatsworth team are always ready to help you plan your visit. Call them on 01246 565430 to ensure you have the access support you need.