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.
Today the garden is managed by a team of 18 gardeners and trainees. At the same time as preserving its layers of history, the present Duke and Duchess are developing new areas and features of the garden for visitors. In 2011 this included the installation of a selection of bronze busts, commissioned by the 11th Duke.
Visitors are encouraged to explore the garden at their leisure, there are no signs saying 'keep off the grass', and dogs on leads are also very welcome. Please note there is no lighting in the garden after dark.
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.
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.
- Contact Details
- Post Code
- DE45 1PP
- Contact Number
- 01246 565300