All discovery days begin at 9.30am with a packed morning itinerary followed by a delicious two course lunch with wine. We have left the afternoon free for you to explore the house and garden at your leisure; entry to the house and garden is included.

Chatsworth|Up Close

7 April and 7 September


A fascinating tour of the house where Janet Bitton, Head Housekeeper, and Shenagh Firth, Head Guide, will take you behind the ropes to see key pieces in the collection come to life and reveal their hidden stories. This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy an exclusive tour of the house.

A history of servants

21 May


A tour of the house by Joe Clarke and Les Mather, Senior Guides, from a servants perspective, and learn about the fascinating lives of the different characters who have worked at Chatsworth throughout the centuries. From Butlers and Housemaids to Housekeepers and Gardeners, see the contrast in how the house has evolved to keep pace with the changing times.

The garden

26 May


An animated talk from Chatsworth Head of Gardens & Landscape, Steve Porter, focusing on the RHS Chelsea garden that won best in show. Take a tour including the Trout stream and Rockery that now incorporates parts of Dan Pearson's prize winning Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden.

Treasures from the archive and library

6 July


An illustrated talk from our Archivist and Librarian, James Towe, covering the family and estate history including key characters such as Georgiana, the 6th Duke and Joseph Paxton. View of some of Chatsworth's greatest treasures including letters, rare books and illuminated manuscripts; plus enjoy an exclusive tour of the Library not normally open to visitors.