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“Superb” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chatsworth

Chatsworth, Peak District National Park, Bakewell DE45 1PP, England
44 (0)1246 565300
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Ranked #2 of 21 things to do in Bakewell
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Biking, Dining, Hiking, Walking
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Owner description: The historic 16th-century home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, set in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire. There is always something new to see and do in the house, garden, farmyard and adventure playground. Experience a taste of Chatsworth in our shops, restaurants and award winning Farm shop, or explore our beautiful 1000 acre park.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This must be one of the best stately homes in the UK to visit. Everything about the experience is to the highest standard and exceptionally well run from the house itself to the extensive gardens.

This is an attraction I will return to at different seasons to see the gardens in all their beauty.

Visited March 2013
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“Fantastic day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

I used to live near Chatsworth and never bored taking visiting friends round the house and grounds. Splash out and take the audio tour its well worth it. Chatsworh is still a lived in house and the owners, the Devonshire's, really make an effort to give value for money.
Explore the gardens and see all the sculptures, you really can spend the whole day there. If you have spare time visit Arckwrights mill just up the road at Cromford

Visited April 2012
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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“The best country house in Britain”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Home to the Duke of Devonshire's family since 1549. Regularly voted the UK's favourite country house. It's enormous and very grand, with a farm, vast grounds, the Cascade-built in 1696 and voted the best water feature in England, parks, gardens, lovely walks, the Hunting Tower built in 1582, and the Emperor Fountain-built in 1843 as the highest fountain in the world with the water jet reaching a height of 296 feet. There is loads of history including the 11th Duke being married to one of the fascinating Mitford sisters.

Visited July 2012
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“Great day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile

We visited on a freezing snowy march day, finding the estate was easy and well sign posted, finding the the house and car park was simple, there is a £3 charge unless like us you book online, the entrance to the house , garden & farmyard are all next to the carpark so you can pick what you want to do first, we headed straight to the house and were greeted by friendly staff on the gate, they pointed us in the right direction and we were in a nice warm entrance hall, there are two doors one for pre paid tickets and one for people to buy tickets, everyone seemed to flow through quickly, right from the start you find yourself surrounded by amazing art and sculptures and a much appreciated open fire to warm up next to, we headed off to explore and easily found our way round on our own, the flow through the house is great takes you past all the interesting features, there were friendly and knowledgable staff on hand in all rooms who were happy to answer my questions, the house was amazing and we really enjoyed strolling from one room to the next untill we were back outside.
We then went for some lunch in the newly refurbished stable restaurant it was a beautiful building really nicely done the choice of food was great and priced about right for a one off treat on a day out, the quality and quantity were spot on.
We headed of up to the farmyard next, which is what you would expect, not a huge attraction in its self but a nice break from the splendour of the house, the piglets and lambs were so cute, we even got to help feed the lambs and have a chat about them with the keeper.
We then headed to the gardens , which are amazing but huge , hilly and muddy but worth it the views are breathtaking and photo opportunitys a plenty, we even saw deer.
All in all it's a must see, go on and treat yourselfs for the day :)

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Rotherham, England, United Kingdom
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“Chatsworth - discover and enjoy something different”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

The house is amazing and I have visited 4 times now with friends and family and always discover something new. The house is full of interesting pictures and sculptures. The gardens are massive to roam at your leisure and why not enjoy a ride in the horse and cart around the grounds (at an extra cost). The shop is full of interesting gifts. Why not enjoy a picnic in the grounds? A great day out - but be early to get the most out of your visit.

Visited August 2012
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