To enable social distancing and help protect our visitors and colleagues, we've implemented new safety measures across the estate. The access buggy as well as wheelchairs and mobility scooters for hire will not be available until further notice.
There is a lift in the house, allowing access to the entire visitor route for visitors with restricted mobility. Electric scooters cannot be used inside the house. However, other smaller mobility aids may be used.
Please note that we do have eight manual wheelchairs for use in the house and garden. They must be booked in advance by calling 01246 565430, and can be collected from the Lodge to the left of the house entrance.
The garden is accessible to visitors who use manual wheelchairs and electric scooters, please take extra care on steeper slopes. There are buggy tours of the garden from outside the Orangery shop on a first-come, first served basis and for a small additional charge.
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 map. Further 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. Please note that we do have eight manual wheelchairs for use in the house and garden and three electric scooters for use in the garden only. They must be booked in advance by calling 01246 565430, and can be collected from the Lodge to the left of the house entrance. For safety reasons, at the discretion of our staff, we reserve the right not to issue scooters in bad weather.
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.
The 25 seat trailer is fully wheelchair accessible and offers rides to the woods and lakes behind the house for a small additional charge. If wheelchair access is required, it is essential to pre-book to ensure availability by calling 01246 583139. Otherwise, rides are on a first come, first served basis.
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. Our free buggy service runs around the car park, to the house and garden entrances and up to the stables and farmyard. Please enquire with a member of staff if you wish to make use of this facility.
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.
There are adapted lavatories near the house entrance, in the Carriage House restaurant and in the farmyard. Regretfully, there are no adapted lavatories within the garden.
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.