1. When does Chatsworth close in 2017?

The house, garden, farmyard and playground are now open until 7 January 2018. Please be aware that the farmyard is closed during Chatsworth Country Fair, from 1 to 3 September 2017.

2. Why is there scaffolding on the house?

Chatsworth is undergoing a major project of essential restoration. Phase four of the Masterplan includes scaffolding on the east and north façades of the house. The Masterplan is made possible in part by visitor admission revenue and our Friends of Chatsworth programme through the Chatsworth House Trust.

3. Are dogs allowed at Chatsworth?

Dogs are permitted in the garden and parkland but must be kept on a lead, particularly in the park because of free range livestock. Dogs are not allowed in the house or farmyard and adventure playground, but there are posts to tie dogs up for a short time outside the farmyard.  We do not advise that you leave your dog in your car. Assistance dogs such as guide dogs, are allowed in the house.

4. Are bags, pushchairs or mobility scooters allowed in the house?

We cannot allow large bags, rucksacks, prams, pushchairs, rucksack style baby carriers or mobility scooters into the house. We do offer a limited supply of alternative baby carrying equipment. Please call 01246 565430 in advance of your visit to reserve equipment.

5. Please be aware that the following are not permitted in the garden.

Gazebos, tents, barbeques, bicycles and scooters

6. When are the water features active in the garden?

The water features play every day from 11am until 5pm. Please note that the water features are gravity fed and reliant on the water levels in the lakes above Chatsworth. The active times may change due to rainfall.

7. Is Chatsworth a National Trust, English Heritage or HHA property?

Chatsworth is not part of the National Trust, English Heritage or HHA, so standard admission prices apply. Find out about tickets and prices.

8. Is Chatsworth a Treasure House of England?

Chatsworth is one of the Treasure Houses of England. Find out more about the Treasure Houses of England and their hotel partner Classic British Hotels.

9. Is Chatsworth part of Art Fund?

Chatsworth is a partner of Art Fund. Members of Art Fund with a National Art Pass receive a 50% discount on individual house & garden tickets bought on or before 31 October 2017. Please bring your National Art Pass with you on your visit to receive this discount or refer to your exhibition guide for details of how to book online. Please see the Art Fund website for more information.

10. Do you you offer a HM Forces discount?

We offer 2 for 1 entry to the house & garden as a special offer to HM Forces. To take advantage of this offer, you will need to log on to Rewardsforforces and print out the Chatsworth voucher.

11. Does Chatsworth offer discount for carers?

We offer free admission to carers. Do not include carers when booking online as they will be given complimentary admission on arrival. If you should need any access assistance, please email us or call us on 01246 565300.

12. How long does it take to go around the house?

We recommend an hour and a half to be able to see everything in the house. 

13. Is photography permitted at Chatsworth?

Photography is permitted for non-commercial and personal use. Selfie sticks, tripods, lighting equipment and drones are not permitted.

Wedding photography is exclusive to couples getting married at Chatsworth. Visitors dressed in wedding attire will not be allowed access to the house and garden. In order to preserve the exclusivity for the couples who choose to get married here professional portrait and engagement photography is not permitted at Chatsworth.

We reserve the right to ask visitors taking part in wedding, engagement, portrait or commercial photography to leave the premises.

14. Is there an online shop?

Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to ship our products. 

15. I came to see a particular piece from the collection, where is it?

We have an active programme of exhibitions and loans, meaning that although we always have something exciting to see, we cannot guarantee that all of our most well-loved paintings will be on public view all year.

16. How do you get a trade stand?

Enquiries relating to the Country Fair should be sent to info@chatsworthcountryfair.co.uk

Enquiries regarding the Christmas markets should be sent to simon@eventmen.co.uk

Enquiries regarding the Horse Trials should be sent to info@chatsworthhorsetrials.co.uk

17. Why is the Duke the Duke of Devonshire instead of the Duke of Derbyshire?

William Cavendish, second son of Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury, was granted the title of Earl of Devonshire in 1618, and the 4th Earl of Devonshire was granted the title of Duke of Devonshire in 1694. The title of Earl of Derby was not available, having been granted to the Stanley family in 1485, so it was simply a matter of granting William Cavendish a vacant title. 

It is not unusual for there to be little or no connection between a person's title and the area in which his family live. The Earls of Derby owned property in Lancashire and are particularly associated with Liverpool, and the Dukes of Norfolk have their seat at Arundel, in Sussex, and owned extensive property in Sheffield. 

To complicate the picture, the title of Earl of Devon was subsequently revived in 1831, and this is now held by the Courtenay family whose residence is Powderham Castle, in Devon.

18. Does my ticket for the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show include entry to the house and garden?

No, your RHS ticket is for the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show only. You can buy tickets for the house, garden and farmyard and playground separately, either online or at the gate.

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