Recently, we spend the day at Chatsworth House, the lavish stately home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Located near Bakewell in Derbyshire, it is one of the most beautiful stately homes in the country and an excellent day out. Surrounded by 105 acres of lush gardens and fields, you spend all day exploring the house and grounds and still not be done!
Throughout history, the Devonshire family have been very famous, and were even the focus of the 2008 film The Duchess. Staring Kiera Knightly as Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire in the 1700s, the film delved into the life of one of the most famous women of the day and the scandals that surrounded her personal life.
Plan your day out at Chatsworth House
You’ll drive through the stunning Peak District as you make your way to the house, an experience in itself, and when you first spot the house nestled in lush greenery, you’ll be shocked at how imposing and beautiful it is. Make sure you arrive nice and early so you can make the most of your day.
Ticket entry prices vary depending on age, with discounts for children, seniors, and students, and whether you want a full entry ticket (house, gardens, farmyard and adventure playground), house and gardens, or just gardens. You also have to pay for parking, which is £2
Full Entry + half price return on your next visit
• Adults: £22
• Seniors/students: £20
• Child: £16
• Complete family 2+3: £68
House and garden
• Adult: £20
• Senior/student: £18
• Child: £11
• Family 2+3: £54
• Adult: £12
• Senior/student: £9
• Child: 7
• Family 2+3: £32
Farmyard and adventure playground
• Adult/senior/student/child: £6
• Family 2+3: £22
Tickets can bought in advance online via their website, www.chatsworth.org/book-tickets-and-prices, or at the ticket offices on the day.
Start your day by exploring the house. Chatsworth House is home to one of the most significant art collections in Europe, with plenty of unique treasures on display. Learn about the history of the house and the family and see how the aristocracy of Britain lived as you make your way through the beautifully preserved rooms.
The house has special exhibitions throughout the year. Currently on display is Make Yourself Comfortable At Chatsworth, running till 23rd October 2015. The house has been filled with contemporary furniture designs including glowing thrones and spinning chairs, where guests are encouraged to literally take a sit and make themselves at home.
Make sure you wear comfortable shoes as you will spend all afternoon exploring the 150 acres of beautiful gardens that surround Chatsworth House. These are not your typical stately home manicured gardens. As you delve deeper into the woods, around every turn you’re sure of a big surprise. Out of nowhere you’ll come across a giant statue of hare, or an eerie collection of busts of famous political figures such as The Queen and former prime ministers. Breath in the scent of the beautiful flowers, get lost in the maze or test your bravery by walking through the coal pit and tunnel.
Farmyard and adventure playground
The working farm yard gives you the chance to get hands on with the animals. Animal handling, milking demonstrating and other daily activities are sure to keep children of all ages entertained.
The Adventure playground is filled slides, zip lines, trampolines and more and is a super fun way to let of some steam before heading back home.
Food and Drink
You have a few eating and drink options at Chatsworth House:
– The Cavendish Restaurant is set in the picturesque stables and offers a sophisticated menu in a relaxed and contemporary dining experience.
– Carriage House Restaurant is self-service – perfect for more relaxed dining and ideal for families. The menu is varied so there is something for everyone and the cakes are to die for.
– The Farmyard Café offers freshly made sandwiches, cakes and a range of pastries. Be sure to try one of their delicious ice creams!
– Chatsworth also do their own afternoon tea. Booking is essential and prices vary between £18.50 for a traditional afternoon tea, up to £40 for the Laurent-Perrier Champagne afternoon tea.To help you plan your day, check out the map below! [media-credit id=7 align=”aligncenter” width=”850″][/media-credit].