There are so many things to do at Chatsworth. Explore the house, garden and farmyard, enjoy a walk through the parkland or in Stand Wood (both free-to-access), gather friends and family for lunch, brunch, or afternoon tea, or discover gifts, homewares, jewellery, and clothing from local makers and sustainable businesses in the shops.
We also offer a wide range of talks, tours, and workshops themed around gardening, history, textiles, conservation, rural skills, and creative pastimes, allowing you to learn something new during your time with us.
Chatsworth House is home to the Cavendish family and has been passed down through 16 generations, starting with Bess of Hardwick, in Queen Elizabeth I's reign.
Explore more than 25 rooms in the historic house including the Painted Hall, State Rooms, and Sculpture Gallery, and discover its extensive art and sculpture collection. Learn how succeeding generations have each made their mark on one of the country's finest stately homes.
A visit from November until the beginning of January is distinctly festive. In 2023 see the house transformed into the Palace of Advent, explore the interactive light and sound trail in the garden.
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Discover the 105-acre Chatsworth Garden, the product of nearly 500 years of careful cultivation and still ever-evolving. Sit and enjoy the vistas or take a walk to admire some of the many features, including an arboretum, rock garden, fountains, sculptures, glasshouses, and more.
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Chatsworth Farmyard and Playground
If you're looking for things to do with kids, the farmyard has been a favourite day out for families since 1973. There are so many farmyard friends to meet, from Eugenie the rare breed Suffolk Punch mare, and Grace the pygmy goat to a collection of cute Guinea Pigs you can cuddle.
Our woodland playground offers hours of adventures and excitement for all ages, with a zipline, water, and sand play.
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Events and experiences
Chatsworth offers a busy year-round calendar of events aimed at visitors of all ages, designed to inspire, engage and educate.
A selection of our events are listed below. For the full calendar, visit our events page.
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Christmas at Chatsworth
Chatsworth will become the Palace of Advent this Christmas, with decorations in the house and a light and sound trail in the garden. Tickets include access to the house, garden and farmyard.
Christmas in the garden
Explore an interactive light and sound trail around the garden, with a dazzling light show transforming the house into a giant advent calendar.
Wild winter willow crowns
9 & 16 December
A children's winter workshop – make a crown from willow and fill it with winter foliage, berries and natural materials.
A children's Christmas craft workshop
Christmas papercut scene workshop
Design and create your own 3D festive papercut scene at this introductory tunnel book workshop.
New year's eve ball
Ring in the New Year at Chatsworth with live music, dancing and a delectable four-course dinner.
Enjoy the estate
Take a walk
Catch up with friends or make time for a private moment of peace and quiet with a walk through our free-to-access parkland. Dogs on leads are welcome.
Be a woodland explorer
Kick some leaves, build a den, play hide and seek and spot wildlife in Stand Wood. You'll find the entrance to Stand Wood next to the farmyard. It's free to access and dogs on leads are welcome too.
Choose from a carefully curated collection of homewares, tableware, gifts, clothes and jewellery in our stables shop.
Lunch and light bites
Tuck into seasonal dishes and snacks prepared in-house by our chefs and bakers in the Carriage House Café and Cavendish restaurant. Afternoon tea can also be booked online.
More to explore
Explore the range of shopping and dining options across the estate with a visit to the farm shop, Chatsworth Kitchen or a restaurant in one of our cosy country pubs.
Extend your visit
Book a room at the Cavendish Hotel or one of our country inns or hotels, or enjoy a staycation at one of the estate boltholes.
Enjoy Chatsworth all year round
Become a Friend of Chatsworth and you’ll be able to enjoy unlimited visits to our attractions during our open season, including Christmas.
Every penny of the Friends membership fee goes to support the charity which funds the upkeep and improvement of Chatsworth for present and future generations of visitors to enjoy.
Find out more about Friends membership
Find out more about the Chatsworth House Trust or make a one-off donation.
Stay with us
With so much to see, do, and explore in the Peak District, it's a shame to only come for the day, so why not stay a little longer? Our country cottages, shepherd's huts, hotels, and inns are the perfect base for exploring all that Chatsworth, Derbyshire, and the Peak District have to offer. Find out more.