Chatsworth is welcoming visitors with more than 50,000 new flowering perennials, shrubs and trees as well as a huge, new stone sculpture called Natural Course by the artist Laura Ellen Bacon.
Famous for its rich history, historic and modern waterworks and sculptures, its Victorian rock garden and maze, there is something for everyone in the 105-acre Chatsworth Garden.
The house and garden were first constructed by Sir William Cavendish and Bess of Hardwick in 1555. The Elizabethan garden was much smaller than the modern garden is now.
In 1811 the 6th Duke (known as the Bachelor Duke) inherited a garden which had been sadly neglected by his father. The restoration, on a very grand scale, was not immediate and 15 years were to pass before Joseph Paxton was appointed as head gardener. Paxton proved to be the most innovative garden designer of his era, and remains the greatest single influence on Chatsworth’s garden.
In the last 60 years, many of the historic features of the garden have been restored and numerous important new features have been added. These include the ravine and azalea dell, he rose garden, the serpentine hedges and, last year, the trout stream was redesigned.
The Arcadia project is Chatsworth’s biggest garden transformation for nearly 200 years working to a plan by the celebrated garden designer Tom Stuart-Smith to plant over 80,000 plants to create new, meadow-like glades connected by woodland walks and featuring a major new sculpture installation by artist Laura Ellen Bacon.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adults||£14.00 per adult|
|Children||£7.50 per child|
|Family||£36.00 per family|
All visits to Chatsworth must be booked in advance. Tickets cannot be purchased on site. This is part of increased Covid-19 safety measures.
To learn more about these measures, visit chatsworth.org/your-visit
- Disabled access
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Children welcome
- COVID-19 measures in place
- Parking with charge
- Dogs Accepted
- Public toilets
- Regional Tourist Board Member
- Coach parties accepted
* Please visit chatsworth.org to see opening times of individual attractions
Map & Directions
From North/South Leave M1 at Junction 29 and take A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select left lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at next roundabout, take 1st exit (continuous lane, signposted Chatsworth). At traffic lights, select middle lane and to straight on, keep in left land and at roundabout (Matalan), take 2nd exit (A619, signposted Chatsworth). Continue for 8 miles through the village of Baslow. Pass Cavendish Hotel on left, at roundabout, take 1st exit signed Chatsworth. Follow road for approx 1½ miles to Chatsworth Estate. Cross cattle grid and take next left to the House.
From East Follow A617 to junction with M1 and follow route from North/South
From West From Bakewell, take A6 (signposted Matlock) to village of Rowsley. Take 1st left after Peacock Inn (signposted Chatsworth). Follow road to traffic light controlled bridge. Continue on same road through Chatsworth Estate and take next right to the House.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest train station in Chesterfield 10 miles away.
Bus number 170 from Chesterfield town centre to Baslow followed by 1¼ mile walk.
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