There is a lift in the house, allowing access to the entire visitor route for visitors with restricted mobility. Please note that during busy periods there may be a short wait to use the lift.

Electric scooters cannot be used inside the house, however other smaller mobility aids may be used.


The garden is accessible to visitors who use manual wheelchairs and electric scooters, please take extra care on steeper slopes. 

The map of the garden below shows detailed routes of varying length and ease so you can find the best route to your favourite areas. Download the accessibility mapFurther maps of the garden are included in the guide books. Please ask a member of staff at the house entrance if you would like to borrow a copy.

The sensory garden is fully accessible to visitors who use manual wheelchairs and electric scooters. 

Book a manual wheelchair

Please note that we have manual wheelchairs for use in the house, garden and farmyard. They can be booked in advance by calling 01246 565430 (accessibility option #3), and can be collected from the house entrance underneath the flagpole.

Book a motorised scooter for the Christmas garden lights trail (4 November - 7 January)

There are a limited number of single-person motorised scooters available to pre-book. Please call 01246 565430 (accessibility option #3) to book a two-hour slot, this will give you plenty of time to enjoy the experience at a leisurely pace.

When you collect your scooter from the garden, we will share all the information you need about how to use it. 

Please note that these scooters are for use on the garden lights trail only for those visitors with tickets for Christmas at Chatsworth or Christmas in the garden.

Farmyard and playground

The farmyard entrance is at the top of the main car park. A lift and a ramp give access to all parts of the farmyard. Please be aware that the playground is a woodland site with uneven terrain and a soft bark surface. The paddocks and picnic area are accessible via a gently sloping footpath.


There are adapted toilets near the house entrance, in the Carriage House restaurant in the Stables, and in the farmyard. There are no adapted toilets in the garden.

There is also a registered Changing Places facility near the house entrance, which is over 12sqm. Please click here for more information about Changing Places facilities.


The Kissing Gate was installed in 1999, allowing access to the park from Baslow. It allows wheelchair access to the park without leaving a gap through which grazing stock might escape.

Shops and restaurants

The shops, Carriage House and Cavendish restaurants are fully accessible; although space is limited inside the garden shop. 

Farm shop and café

The Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop and its café are 1.5 miles from the house, in the village of Pilsley; both areas are accessible for visitors in manual wheelchairs. There are four bays reserved for Blue Badge holders.

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome in the house, garden, farmyard, playground and park. Puppies in assistance dog training are welcome in the house as long as they are house trained.

We hope you found all the information necessary in relation to accessibility above. However, if you have any other questions, or would like to contact us in advance of your visit, please call the bookings office on 01246 565430.

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