Family day out at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
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Family day out at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

In the heart of the Derbyshire countryside, this is one of the most impressive historic homes in the UK, with stunning gardens and fountains, famous works of art, historical woodlands, a large garden maze and adventure playground, and a farmyard with cute animals to pet. Who could resist?

Read our feature on a family break on the Chatsworth Estate.

Best for: All ages

Location

Chatsworth House

What to expect

Picnic areas
Pets allowed
Outdoor play area
Open year-round
Cafe/restaurant

What to do

Visit the estate farmyard, where kids are given an insight into British livestock farming and get the chance to hold some of the smaller animals at feeding times as well as watch the cows being milked.

Explore the huge garden with its waterworks, modern sculptures and maze, its footpaths, its sensory garden and Trout Stream. 

Have a blast in the vast woodland adventure playground, including a water and sand play area.

Tour the historic house with its splendid rooms and priceless treasures, including diamonds and jewels and family portraits by Lucian Freud. With more than 30 rooms to explore there is some much to see. Daily walk-thorughs and talks are available, although, this may not be a suitable option for families with young children, plus it is important to note that prams and pushchairs are not permitted in the house, however the staff may be able to supply alternative carrying equipment (subject to availability; call in advance to enquire).

Check out the ‘What’s on’ page for special events such as the Easter Extravaganza, various Farmyard & Garden Discovery Days for different age ranges, the famous Country Fair, the Halloween Hoot, Bonfire Night, and Christmas markets and nativity performances.

Enquiries

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Garden and maze at Chatsworth House©VisitBritain

Garden and maze at Chatsworth House

Where to stay

See our destination guide to the Peak District and Derbyshire  for local recommendations, or see Chatsworth’s own website for traditional holiday cottages and hotels on the estate.

When

The opening times are generally 11am–5pm but check the website for slight variations, including longer opening hours in the summer and Christmas arrangements.

Chatsworth Cascade at Chatsworth House©VisitBritain

Chatsworth Cascade at Chatsworth House

Salisbury lawn at Chatsworth House©VisitBritain

Salisbury lawn at Chatsworth House

Eat

You’re welcome to picnic in the beautiful gardens (stocking up on local treats from the farm shop if you like), or you can enjoy hot meals in the Carriage House Restaurant, tea and cake in the Cavendish Rooms, or family-friendly food in the Farmyard Café.

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Cost

Ticket prices vary depending on what part of the estate you want to visit, whether just the house or the farmyard, or all of it if you are looking for a full day out with the kids.

You can pre-book and pay in advance to save time on the day. Do note that if you pay an extra 10% in the form of a Giftaid donation, you’ll get a voucher worth 15% of the total entry price you paid to spend in the restaurant or shops.