The house, garden, farmyard and playground will open at 11am, with last entrance at 7pm, closing promptly at 8pm, with the exception of the farmyard and playground with last entry at 3.30pm, closing at 4.30pm.

All Friends will park for free on Friends preview day. Simply show your Friends card on arrival.

In the house

We are excited for our Friends to be among the first to see our 2019 exhibition, The Dog: A Celebration at Chatsworth, which explores the Cavendish family’s enduring love for dogs, through paintings, drawings, sculpture, letters, photographs and contemporary art.

Members of the collections team will support the guides throughout the house to help answer any questions and explain the significance of the exhibition.

In the house we also have on offer:

  • 11am-5pm | Theatre and Belvedere tours | Begin near Flora's Temple
  • 11am-4pm | Piano player in the Ante Library
  • 5.15pm-7.15pm | Simply Strings in the Great Chamber

In the garden

Be sure to stop in the garden where you will see all sorts of new spring life. We will also have a few fun and free activities for our Friends:

  • 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm | Garden walking tours
  • 11.30am-4.30pm | Garden buggy tours
  • 11.30am-3pm | Tractor trailer rides through the garden 
  • 11.30am-3pm | Horse and dray rides

In the farmyard

As well as our daily activities in the farmyard we are also offering Friends a few special free activities:

  • 11am-3pm | Animal handling sessions
  • 11.30am-3pm | Trailer discovery tours

Talk programme

Each free talk is in the Hartington room in the Stables and will last approximately 30 minutes plus questions. All seats will be allocated on arrival. Please note that we are unable to offer anywhere sheltered to queue for talks.

  • 11am | A look into The Dog exhibition | Tessa Wild, Curator
  • 12pm | Dressed to impress | Marie White, Seamstress
  • 1pm | Graffiti and other stories | Janet Bitton, Head Housekeeper
  • 2pm | What's new in the garden | Steve Porter, Head of Gardens and Domain

Shop and eat opening times

Eat    
Carriage House Café 10am-6.30pm  
Cavendish restaurant 11.30am-4.30pm Book a table
Flying Childers restaurant 11am-4pm Book a table
Estate farm shop café 9am-5pm  
Flora's Temple tea shop in the garden 11am-5pm  
Park shop 10am-5.30pm  
Farmyard café 10.30am-5pm  
Shop  
Orangery shop 11am-8pm
Stables shop 10am-4.30pm
Estate farm shop 9am-6pm
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