- 1. Is Chatsworth open all year round?
Please be aware that the house, garden, farmyard and playground are closed for winter and will reopen on 24 March 2018. The farmyard and playground will also open for half-term, 17 - 25 February.
Select shops and restaurants are open throughout this period. Find out more.
- 2. Does Chatsworth offer Gift Aid?
Yes, you can Gift Aid your admission to Chatsworth.
Chatsworth is run by a charity*, the Chatsworth House Trust, and all ticket income goes directly towards the upkeep, preservation and improvement of the house, collection and landscape for the long-term benefit of visitors.
- You pay 10% above entry price.**
- You receive a gift voucher worth 15% of the entry price to spend on the day of your visit.
- You can spend the gift voucher in a shop, café or a restaurant in a single transaction.***
- We receive an extra 25% from the government to maintain Chatsworth.
If you can Gift Aid – and you must be a UK taxpayer to do so – the government will give us an extra 25% on top of your kind donation, in lieu of the tax you have paid. It is a rare opportunity to decide how your tax is spent, and all of this money goes directly to the work of the Chatsworth House Trust.
* The Chatsworth House Trust is a registered charity, Charity No. 511149.
** Admission prices including Gift Aid are rounded up to the nearest 5 pence.
*** No change is given where the amount spent is less than the value of the voucher.
Find out more about Gift Aid.
- 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. Is photography allowed at Chatsworth?
Photography for personal use is welcome, however tripods and lighting equipment may not be used in the house, garden or farmyard and selfie sticks may not be used in the house. Flash photography may also be restricted in the house and drones are not permitted anywhere on the estate. Professional photography is not permitted, and photographs taken on the estate may not be sold or used for any commercial or promotional purpose.
Please note that wedding photography is exclusive to couples getting married at Chatsworth. Visitors dressed in wedding attire will not be allowed access to the house or 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.
- 5. Are drones allowed at Chatsworth?
Please note that in the interests of visitor safety, we do not permit the launching or landing of drones on the Chatsworth Estate, unless agreed in advance in writing.
For further information, please see the Drone Code produced by the Civil Aviation Authority for a practical guide on how to fly your drone safely and in full compliance with the law.
- 6. Are barbecues allowed at Chatsworth?
Barbecues are not allowed anywhere on the Chatsworth Estate.
Please read more about enjoying the park safely.
- 7. Are bags, pushchairs or mobility scooters allowed in the house?
Unfortunately, we cannot allow large bags, rucksacks, pushchairs or rucksack-style baby carriers in the house, but we do have a supply of alternative baby-carrying equipment available free of charge at the North gate and storage in the left luggage room.
Mobility scooters also cannot be used inside the house. However, other smaller mobility aids may be used. Please note that we do have eight manual wheelchairs for use in the house and garden. They must be booked in advance by calling 01246 565430, and can be collected from the Lodge to the left of the house entrance.
- 8. How long does it take to go round the house?
We recommend 1.5+ hours to be able to see everything in the house.
- 9. I came to see a particular piece from the collection, where is it?
We have lots of exciting objects and artwork, but they are not always on display for public view.
We have an active programme of exhibitions and loans, plus objects may be rotated or removed for cleaning and restoration.
If you are interested in seeing a particular piece, please contact us in advance of your visit to find out if it will be on public display.
- 10. What is not allowed in the garden?
Gazebos, tents, bicycles, skateboards and scooters are not allowed in the garden.
Barbecues are not allowed in the garden or anywhere else on the Chatsworth Estate.
Please also see question 6 about the flying of drones.
- 11. When are the water features active in the garden?
The water features play during the open season 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.
- 12. Am I allowed to swim in, or use canoes/boats on the river?
Swimming and the use of canoes or boats on the river Derwent on the Chatsworth Estate is not permitted. This is to avoid disruption to the ecosystem of the river, and to help ensure the safety of our visitors. There are no navigation rights on the river Derwent within the Chatsworth Estate.
- 13. Is Chatsworth a National Trust or English Heritage property?
Chatsworth is not part of the National Trust or English Heritage, so standard admission prices apply. Find out about tickets and prices.
- 14. 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.
- 15. 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 9 November 2018. Please be aware this does not include Christmas tickets.
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.
- 16. Do you you offer a HM Forces discount?
We offer 2 for 1 entry to the house and garden as a special offer to HM Forces. To take advantage of this offer, you will need to present your valid military identification card at the till when buying your tickets.
- 17. 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 565 300.
- 18. Is there an online shop?
Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to ship our products.
- 19. How do I get a trade stand at an event?
Please send enquiries about the Country Fair to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send enquiries about the Christmas markets to email@example.com.
Please send enquiries about the Horse Trials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 20. 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.