Chatsworth House
Chatsworth House
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
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.
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  • Sheila R
    London, United Kingdom119 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Compelling Chatsworth
    We travelled by car and if you book in advance - we did it the day before - you save the price of the car park which is a good saving considering the cost of entry to house and garden, plus there are no concessions. We stayed 5 and a half hours so had our money's worth. As people have already said, there seems to be fewer rooms on show which is a shame considering the size of the house. Also, the exhibition of modern art, while worthy, distracts you from what you really came to see! Stately homes seem to being doing this these days eg Blenheim Palace but then the rooms are huge there. We also felt we were being pushed forwards too quickly by guided tours. I would have liked more time to concentrate on the rooms and artefacts and speak to the room guides who were charming and knowledgeable. My complements to whoever did the flower arrangements in the hall - superb! The gardens are as much worth the visit as the house. We loved the Cascade and the Fountain and the Rockery. We wandered around and sat on benches and took it all in. The Duke has redone some of the gold leaf on the windows and finials and they gleam in the sunshine. We had a blue sky day so everything looked wonderful. Then there is the Capability Brown landscape with river and stone bridge. So yes, it is expensive but if you spend the day there, book in advance and take a picnic, it is a good day out.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 24, 2023
  • jankerr2017
    Shrewsbury, United Kingdom28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely house, stunning gardens.
    The house is lovely. The staff were wonderful ad very helpful with my disability (accessing the lifts etc). Lots of interesting things to see in the house. The gardens are stunning. The water features are particularly nice. And the grounds - which are free to visit are lovey too. Thoroughly enjoyable visit.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 24, 2023
  • Laura
    London, United Kingdom1,091 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice day out
    We pre booked our tickets online which I would recommend otherwise you will be charged an extra £5 to park on the day. We were enticed by the cafe on arrival so ordered 2 hot drinks and then had to rush to finish them as they don’t allow you to take them inside the house. It is beautiful inside and very interesting, the staff inside are incredibly knowledgable and were able to answer lots of questions. We also spent time afterwards walking around the grounds which were so lovely. We went on a Tuesday, it wasn’t school holidays but quite busy so i can only imagine how busy it is during peak times. Nonetheless, highly recommend Chatsworth House for a day out.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 10, 2023
  • pamrimmer
    Worsley, United Kingdom28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disabled visitor very impressed
    Very impressed with the staff here. I’m in a wheelchair with a fractured foot and nothing was too much trouble. We saw everyone able bodied visitors saw in the house and a few things they didn’t. Moved efficiently from floor to floor in the lifts and given directions and escorted by staff where necessary. You could tell they were enjoying their jobs and that’s lovely to see.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 14, 2023
  • PrairieTraveller403
    Calgary, Canada46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beauty everywhere!
    Fabulous experience visiting Chatsworth with my family. The grounds are expansive and beautiful, the house magnificent, the staff engaging, and the interior art mesmerizing. I particularly loved the sculpture gallery. Even enjoyed wandering around the farmyard. A very nice day out, all and all.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 20, 2023
  • may c
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent day out
    We enjoyed a tour of the house and a buggy tour of the grounds and gardens. The house was amazing indoors and out. The architecture is beautiful, the decor splendid and the contents hugely interesting, opulent and varied, including modern additions and a complementary exhibition. Since it was raining, the buggy tour was an excellent way to get around the enormous estate. We also visited the greenhouses, cafe (very reasonable and tasty snacks) and shops.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Steve25_12
    Esher, United Kingdom242 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Expensive but worth it
    Chatsworth provides a great day out , (even with the rain). The initial sight as you arrive ; the ease of parking; the house itself and the stunning gardens. It is expensive ,(but we had 50% off as we are Art Fund members so that made it acceptable) and as others have said book online to avoid the car park charges. Our only minor criticism was the modern art which detracted from the House - it didn't add anything to the experience and looked out of place
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Rach0352
    Dorset, United Kingdom61 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful gardens
    We didn’t visit the inside of the house but it is visually stunning. The gardens are beautiful and expansive, well worth the entrance fee, and we stayed for many hours. One suggestion - far more benches/seats scattered around all areas would be very much appreciated by those of a mature age, particularly on steep slopes.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Ronald D
    Shrewsbury, United Kingdom728 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A little expensive but worth every penny.
    We planned for a full day at Chatsworth and that was insufficient to capture the full beauty of the house and wonderful gardens. So as an added expense we joined a guide tour of both the house and garden which was just magnificent as we were able to appreciate the finer points of interest and to find answers to any queries. One has to take ones time thereafter and delve further into the history and lovely artworks.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Eva Hatcher
    Dunfermline, United Kingdom16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Absolutely beautiful place. Employees were friendly, informative and respectful and the house was just breathtaking. Anyone with an appreciation for art needs to visit at least once. There are no bathrooms inside the house but you can find some in a nice cafe just outside it so it wasn’t a problem. Elevators were available for those who couldn’t manage the amount of stairs and seats were frequent so you could take breaks while walking around the house
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 5, 2023
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Alistair M
Northampton, UK195 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Admittedly we high expectations of a Christmas experience here a) because we paid £26 each and b) because we have had such enjoyable Christmas experiences at other historic properties.

Principal gripes were that a visit here includes the rather crowded and overpriced Christmas market and although the ticket price does include parking and access to the gardens, the house tour is a conveyor belt of visitors looking at a series of decorated rooms that lasts just 25 minutes. Essentially much of the 25 minutes included waiting for people in front of you to get their pictures and selfies taken before you could move forward to see what there was to see. There was no narrative that we could see, just that sequence of decorated rooms and references to previous Christmas themes.

Some rooms were quite spectacular, personally we would like to have seen some more rich traditional Christmas colours in the mix and more natural (or even artificial natural) greenery and arrangements.

Finding somewhere to sit and eat lunch was pretty much out of the question. I had a bratwurst for £7.50, a very ordinary sausage in a very dry roll. My wife faired better with a decent burger, although that was also £7.50. Tea in a cardboard cup £2.80. Box of 4 doughnuts would have been £20.

We had a pleasant walk in the gardens and fell into conversation with another couple that were glad to get away from the madness of the market.

If you have not booked but are committed to going I would recommend timing your visit to include dusk when the illuminations in the grounds can be enjoyed.
Written November 15, 2021
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Budellie
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, UK37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
The landscape that the house is set in is fabulous. However, I thought the entrance price was very high. The house is ok but I have visited more interesting stately homes. Whilst the guides in the rooms are excellent there is no information at all about the house as you walk around. No doubt the would like you to pay more money for the guide book. Afterwards we took the little train around the gardens which was also disappointing- it was all over in 10 minutes and only saw a small part of the garden. We ate in the restaurant which was ok and then paid nearly £8 for two cups of tea in paper cups and a scone in a plastic wrapper with a 3 month use by date. So very overpriced. I had been looking forward to this visit but felt let down. Lots of ways to spend money though!
Written October 30, 2020
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aljs
London, UK10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
We left our visit to Chatsworth House for our last day and as I reflect, I cannot help but feel we left the worst to last. I am a member of The National Trust and I have to say that the house was over-priced and underwhelming in comparison to NT houses. The house tour was quick and with access to only a dozen rooms we had finished the tour within 40 minutes. There was no information to read in the rooms (unless you wanted to spend £6 on a guide book) therefore, you had no context of the rooms or the years of paintings etc. I would recommend that if you wanted to go to the house to only buy a ticket to the garden as the flowers etc were beautiful and the garden was a lot better than the entire house altogether. Very expensive day, better off buying a National Trust membership for a fiver a month!
Written August 25, 2020
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Sarah G
Folkestone, UK330 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Pre-booked ticket in advance had the 10:45 entry to the house, arrived early and had a quick wander around the gardens before going in.
House is very Covid safe, had to wash hands before entry and wear masks around the house which was not an issue. Upon entry there is a QR code that gives you a guide to the various rooms that you go in.
Staff in the house are very knowledgeable and more than happy to answer questions. I would say it took me approx 1hr30 to go round the house, but then I spent longer exploring the vast grounds that took me to the trout stream, rockery which was amazing and great.
The Cascade for me was breath taking. I felt I could have spent all day here as so much more to see and do.
Written September 26, 2020
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Sylvia W
Birmingham, UK385 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I'm sure no-one would dispute that Chatsworth is a fabulous place to visit at any time of year, but the Christmas display at Chatsworth this year was somewhat of a disappointment. We visited on 21st Nov 2019 and combined it with the Xmas markets. The market was just as good as usual with plenty to see and be tempted to buy. There were ample food stalls and we were pleased to see gluten free food available. We don't eat in the normal house restaurants as we find these just too expensive. As to the Xmas house display, we found this not so good this year. Granted there were loads of beautifully decorated Xmas trees about but the theme of different lands displayed in different rooms just didn't work for us. Granted our house tour this time was booked at 11.15am and it was absolutley heaving with people all clamouring for the best views. On previous visits we've taken the late afternoon house tours which are much less busy and allow more freedom to look around. However, the rooms depicting countries were difficult to identify by the decor and the few signs we did see hardly related to the display. For our personal taste we are visiting at Xmas and that's what we want to see, not Canada in the fall or a some Delft porcelain on a dining table with a few flowers in it to represent the Netherlands. We never saw a USA room though I was assured there was one, A dragon and some Chinese lanterns, though pretty, was China and I think Japan was a few pretty umbrellas hanging from the ceiling but little else. My impression was that the only thing that made the grand hall a Russian display was the addition of a Russian sled. Of course, with so many people crammed into the tour, we may have missed a lot. Compared to previous years the whole experience was a considerable let down. Usually, the displays begin outside with the walk up to the house entrance but there was absolutely nothing outside this year and the first display at the actual entrance to the house was a few suitcases and a couple of suspended planes. We assume this was meant to represent travel to foreign lands but it was very lacklustre this year. We expected "Christmas at Chatsworth" but we didn't feel we got that this year. Of course I'm well aware, and appreciative, of the immense time and effort of putting on such a display in the house, but please, next year, make it more Christmassy and more suitable both for children and for us older visitors. The Dickensian displays in 2017 and the story book displays in 2018 were wonderful. My friend said it wasn't worth the £25 we paid to visit this year but I was reasonably happy with the price we paid but not the content we were given. As usual, the grounds, even in November, were amazing as was the general presentation of the whole house. I would love to come again next Xmas but this year has definitely put me off another visit. If we do come we would book later in the afternoon for the house tour and we would hope you would choose a better theme.
Written January 8, 2020
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debbieingledew
Maidenhead, UK179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
Spent last weekend with friends in nearby Rowsley and visited Chatsworth House on a Saturday morning via pebooked ticket for house and gardens(£23) Really enjoyed time spent here as garden aand whole estate is vast so plenty of space for everyone! House tour took over an hour with guides at every step to answer your questions about the history and art works which are many ( especially intriguing works of Lucien Freud ).
Penty of places in the grounds to buy sandwiches and drinks or many people /families brought picnics.
Found the cascade fountain attracted children and adults to paddle in, myself included, and climb to the top..whilst extensive rock garden provided great place to explore.
Would definitely come back to enjoy wandering through the wider grounds and along the riverside as I did before. Fantastic day out...got busier in the afternoon as lots of locals by the river and cars parked on the roads.
Written August 16, 2020
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julie G
Stockport, UK182 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Visited here for the Xmas Event it was amazing the house was beautifully decorated each room had a theme, the visit was well organised with plenty of parking.
The art work around the house is lovely the ceilings were amazing.
After the tour we visited the shop followed by a walk around the grounds we also had a ride in a horse and carriage which was extra but thoroughly enjoyed it despite it being cold.
We had lunch in the stables restaurant where there is a good selection of food we opted for sandwiches with cakes and coffee think it was around £20 for 2 of us.
Will deffinitely return in the summer to see more of the grounds.
Written February 29, 2020
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sportybirmingham
Birmingham, UK1,221 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
House & gardens £23 admission, which is a timed entrance slot.

The fact you are not allowed on the estate grounds till within one of hour of your ticket is a nuisance.

Cos people whom get the early slots can stay all day on site & explore, but people unlucky to only get the late afternoon tickets only get two hours to be on site for exploring the house & gardens yet still have to pay the same full price to get inside the grounds & buildings.

The small pull along train is £3 per adult (over 12 yrs of age) or £2.50 per child under 12 yrs of age for a short ride.

Ice cream is £2.85 for one scoop, a captive audience, all the ice cream stalls were busy on a warm day.

I liked the emperor fountain & the cascade.

The maze was locked off & the trout stream under renovations.

The hunting lodge was a half hour trek to it, but you are not allowed inside as it’s now a holiday let.

The upper gift shop going towards the restaurants has a better range of items than the shop down by the House.
Written August 18, 2020
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treeclimber
Garstang, UK274 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Very disappointed with our visit .
Chatsworth looks impressive from the far distance but it goes downhill the closer you get .
Large parts of the garden and house were closed off due to covid yet there was not a reduction in entry fees so we felt totally ripped off and taken advantage of.
The gardens were no more impressive than my local park . The feature alpine rockery area was full of weeds and badly maintained . The banking around the closed off maze was again overgrown with weeds.
The gloomy interior of the house was a mish mash of random mixed artefacts , which I would not give house room to , with no explanation of what they were or what they represented .
The portaloos were in a disgusting state . A health hazard .
The picnic fields by the river were plastered with sheep droppings attracting hordes of flies .
In summary this was an expensive abysmal experience .
Written August 11, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your recent visit. In order to enable safe social distancing in the house, we have had to close the two guest bedrooms, as these are small spaces. This is explained on our website. The rest of the visitor route is open as normal. The garden is also fully open, apart from the glass houses and maze, which we are currently unable to open due to the need to ensure safe social distancing. We have had some wonderful feedback from our visitors on how lovely the garden is looking, and are very proud of the work that our garden team do. In order to limit the spread of Covid-19, we have temporarily removed the room cards which are usually available throughout the house and suspended our multimedia guide. However in order to ensure our visitors can still get the most out of their visit, we have created an online version of the multimedia guide, which is accessible via the homepage of our website. In addition, we have uploaded digital versions of the room cards to the website. There is Wi-Fi available throughout the visitor route, enabling our visitors to access these tools if they choose. As always, we have between 15-19 room guides located throughout the house, who are incredibly knowledgeable and always happy to speak to our visitors.
Written August 14, 2020
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mariak12
Brentwood, UK29 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
We visited Chatsworth on a Monday without pre booking fully aware that it's a popular attraction but wanting to see if there was availability. We asked the person managing the entrance whether tickets were available for the house and she confirmed that there was and that we could purchase them at the house. She then charged us £10 to park

At the house we were told that there were no tickets available. When we rightly complained that we had been told at the entrance that tickets were available and were now £10 out of pocket the response was "they are a different team".........

A very unprofessional response from someone who theoretically be representing the estate and not just her team!
Written November 9, 2021
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