With so many things to do for kids young and old, Chatsworth Farmyard and Adventure Playground makes for a fun day out for all the family.
In the farmyard you'll meet our friendly animals, from pigs and horses to our mischievous goats and guinea pigs. We're also delighted to be home to a number of rare breeds including Suffolk Punch horses, Shire horses, Albion cattle, Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs, Bagot goats and Cream Legbar chickens.
From the farmyard, take the secret tunnel to the children's playground for exciting adventures, where your young ones will enjoy burning off some energy. Use an Archimedes screw to fetch water from the stream, or dig in the huge sand play area.
Important information: We're working on an exciting new redevelopment of the playground which will open in late spring. This means that part of the playground, including the zip wire and climbing frame, will not be accessible over half term. We're sorry for any disappointment, but promise it will be worth the wait.
We can't wait to welcome you
Everything you need to plan your day
01 Tickets and pricing
We strongly recommend booking in advance. Book your tickets online and enjoy free car parking.
02 Daily activities
Not sure what you can do when you're here? Make the most of your visit with our daily activities in the farmyard.
03 Opening times
Check the opening times for the attractions, shops and restaurants at Chatsworth.
04 Accessibility in the farmyard & playground
We pride ourselves on the welcome we offer to all our visitors.
05 How to find us
Chatsworth is located in central England, in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire. It is north of Derby and south of Sheffield.
06 Visiting with your dog
Please be aware that dogs are not allowed in the farmyard or adventure playground, for their safety as well as the safety of our farmyard animals. There are posts where dogs can be left outside the farmyard.
About the farmyard
The farmyard at Chatsworth has been a favourite day out for children of all ages since 1973, when it opened with a variety of animals including cows, sheep and lambs, pigs, horses, goats and poultry, as well as a milking parlour for demonstrations.
Since then we've introduced the adventure playground and more exciting activities for children to get involved in, as well as developing our breeding programme for rare and sometimes critically endangered breeds.
In 2021, we were thrilled to be awarded Rare Breeds Survival Trust accreditation, recognising our important contribution to the conservation of some of the rarest livestock and equine breeds native to the UK, from Suffolk Punch horses and Shire horses to British Landrace pigs and Eriskay ponies.
Muck in at the farmyard;
Meet our farmyard friends
View a few of our friendly faces before your visit
Hello, I'm Eugenie, a Suffolk Punch mare and a rare breed.
My ancestors used to pull carts and work the fields, but the arrival of machines meant I wasn't needed any more and my breed nearly became extinct.
Come and say hello, I am very friendly.
Let me introduce myself, I'm Seamus, one of the donkeys.
I love it at Chatsworth because I get my nose stroked a lot.
Sometimes you'll hear me braying loudly when it's time for tea.
03 Cookie & friends
Hello, I'm Cookie, a guinea pig who loves cuddles and sitting on knees.
Myself and my friends like being stroked, we like vegetables, we like being stroked, we like fruit, we like being stroked... You get the idea!
When we're excited, we make a noise called a wheek.
The rustle of a vegetable bag makes us wheek. Did I mention that we like vegetables?
Hey! I'm Twiglet, an Alpine goat.
You won't miss me in the farmyard, especially if you're carrying a bag of animal food... My looong neck is very useful when it comes to reaching food.
I don't only love food though, I love scratches behind my big ears.
I can't wait to meet you!
Cock-a-doodle-doo! I'm Peter, a Buff Cochin cockerel.
I'm a rare breed, with very fluffy feet. I love searching for food, you will see me pecking away trying to find little bugs or grain to eat.
You might hear me before you see me!
Half-term in the farmyard
Bring your young ones along to the farmyard and adventure playground this half term, where they can meet our friendly animals and burn off some energy.Read More
Friends preview day
Every year, we welcome Friends of Chatsworth to preview our new exhibition, and to enjoy exclusive talks, tours and experiences.Read More