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Chatsworth House, Bakewell

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Historic Site Landmark
At stately Chatsworth House, experience British royal life in the countryside. The historic 16th-century home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire sits on 405 hectares (1,000 acres) of manicured parkland in the heart of the scenic Peak District. Of the house's 126 rooms, you can visit 30. You'll see lavishly decorated interiors and many works and ancient artifacts that are part of a significant art collection from around the world. Watch animal demonstrations in the farmyard, such as cow-milking and chick-hatching, and wander around the sculptures, waterfalls, fountains, and hedgerow mazes in the 42.5 hectare (105 acre) garden. The house also hosts temporary exhibits, so check the program before visiting. Make Chatsworth House a part of your Bakewell vacation plans using our Bakewell itinerary planner.
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  • It was all about the mud. And the rain. This is England but in June you would have expected the problem to be dehydration, not exhaustion from from ploughing through the mud. Parking was an issue. Eit...  more »
  • We paid for the house and gardens which we thought was a tad expensive, but having gone round it was well worth the money. The house and contents were spectacular - so much wealth on display. However ...  more »
  • The house has been set up for this summer with a fashion exhibit and they have blocked all the tapestries, artwork and interiors with large ugly display cases and closed all the curtains so that the w...  more »
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  • Fabulous for picnics while seeing beautiful open parkland, birds, tame ducks and sheep with the backdrop of Chatsworth House. There is no charge for this. There is a charge for the gardens, farm animal enclosure and house. All very welcoming and relaxed. A fabulous varied day out. It would be better if more of the house was open to the house tour. Gardens are great, although a little expensive for a family visit. Children's climbing and general outdoor activity area is really good and worth paying to visit.
  • Opulence at its best. Well preserved. Fabulous rooms with historical significance. Painted ceilings and lavish furnishings. One of the best stately homes to visit.
  • If you enjoy vegetable or fruit gardening, the kitchen garden is a treat. Beautiful and far-ranging grounds were marred only by the actions of some of the other visitors. Be warned that on nice days many patrons use the grounds like their backyard or a public beach, including sunbathing, picnicking, playing sports, blaring music, and playing in the cascades with water guns. The house is a testament to the immoral opulence of a bygone age, with a classical bent. The docents were very knowledgeable.
  • Beautiful manor house and expansive grounds. Definitely recommend trying the maze! Best view (for pictures) of the front of the house is from the lane at the bridge.
  • Interesting house and fantastic gardens. Lots to see and explore. Lovely place to spend a day out and the farm shop is well worth a visit on the way home.