Please be aware that due to government restrictions the house and farmyard are closed until further notice. Updated 5 January
It comes after a difficult year which has seen visitor numbers decimated through enforced closures; the loss of the hugely popular Christmas season and reduced capacity when open to enable social distancing. Between March and November, the Derbyshire estate has welcomed fewer than half its usual number of visitors.
The house will open on 16 January with a slightly shorter visitor route as the North Wing with the Great Dining Room and Sculpture Gallery will be closed for conservation. The garden will open on 1 January and the popular festive illuminations will remain until 31 January.
The farmyard and adventure playground will open every weekend from 23 January as well as the February half term when it will open every day from 13 to 21 February.
Ticket prices for the house and garden will be discounted throughout the new winter season to enable the local communities to continue to visit in light of the travel restrictions in force for those living further afield in Tier 3 areas until March.
Chatsworth also wants to give its loyal members (Friends of Chatsworth) the opportunity to get the most out of the upcoming season, describing their loyalty and support as ‘incredible’.
Jonathan Fish, Chatsworth marketing manager explains: “We have historically closed from early January to late March for essential conservation and development works, however the enforced closures during 2020 mean that much of this work has been carried out ahead of schedule, allowing the estate to open during the late winter and early spring months.
“Having been closed for large parts of 2020, and having to restrict numbers when we have been open, we want to be able to welcome those people who have not had the chance to visit this year.
“The loyalty and support from our Friends has been incredible, and in addition to extending memberships by six months free of charge, we want to give our Friends the opportunity to get the most out of the membership next year.”
Finally, the charity that maintains Chatsworth, the Chatsworth House Trust, relies on ticket sales for its income. This has of course been severely impacted in 2020, so it is hoped this new winter season will also help support the trust.
Restaurants and shops in the Stables, house, garden and farmyard will also be open through the winter season subject to government restrictions and with safety measures in place.
Anyone planning to visit is advised to check the Chatsworth website before travelling for all the latest opening news and hours, with online booking essential. For more information, visit www.chatsworth.org
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Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and is located in the Peak District National Park. The house, many of its contents and much of the surrounding landscape are leased to a registered charity, the Chatsworth House Trust. The Duke and Duchess pay rent to the charity to live at Chatsworth and work with the charity and others to welcome Chatsworth’s visitors.
Every penny of visitor admission goes directly to the Chatsworth House Trust, which is dedicated to the long-term preservation of Chatsworth House, the collections, garden, woodlands and park for the long-term benefit of the public. The charity promotes the study and appreciation of Chatsworth as a place of historic, architectural and artistic interest and of natural beauty, and encourages the use and enjoyment of Chatsworth by visitors for education and recreation.
Chatsworth won Gold in the Peak District and Derbyshire Tourism Awards 2020, designed to recognise excellence and outstanding achievement in the area's valuable tourism sector, which is worth over £2.3 billion.
Chatsworth is a member of the Treasure Houses of England, 10 of the most magnificent palaces, stately homes and castles in England.
Chatsworth is part of the Devonshire Group, which comprises the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s interests, charities and businesses throughout the UK, including Chatsworth which sits within the Derbyshire Estate, Bolton Abbey Estate in Yorkshire, and Lismore Estate in Ireland.
Chatsworth is only 10 miles from Chesterfield train station, 14 miles from Sheffield train station, 16 miles from the M1, and it is well served by regional bus services.
For Chatsworth press enquiries, please contact:
Liz Bee (0772 0257983)
Steve Houghton (07917 671516)