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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House is one of the most spectacular stately homes in Britain and one of its most popular, drawing thousands of visitors each day.

Chatsworth House, UK

Chatsworth House is still owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and has been owned through 16 generations of the Cavendish family since Bess of Hardwick, the wife of the Earl of Shrewbury, built her Tudor mansion here in 1549.

Mary Queen of Scots was a house guest here during the 1570s, dividing her time in semi house arrest with the Old Hall in Buxton.

Chatsworth House, UK

Chatsworth was developed from the 17th century onwards especially under the 6th Duke of Devonshire in the early 19th century who employed architect Jeffry Wyatville to modernize and expand the property. Capability Brown and Joseph Paxton worked on the gardens in the 1750s and 1820s.

Chatsworth House fountain

Over 30 rooms of this magnificent house are open to the public and display one of Europe's largest private art collections of paintings with works by Tintoretto, van Dyck, Rembrandt's Portrait of an Old Man, Frans Hals and Veronese, furniture, sculptures, books, photographs and clothing.

Chatsworth Cascade, UK

Highlights of Chatsworth House include the Great Dining Room with its table set as it was for the dinner party attended by King George V and Queen Mary in 1933, the State Rooms, the Sculpture Gallery and the Library. The garden at Chatsworth is equally as fantastic as the main house and offers the Maze, the Emperor Fountain (below), the Serpentine Hedge, the Cascade (above) and the Rock Garden.

Emperor Fountain, Chatsworth

Famous visitors to Chatsworth House include Queen Elizabeth II, Lady Diana, Prince Philip and Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. Chatsworth House was known for its lavish entertaining and parties in the early years of the 20th century.

Chatsworth House ceiling

Other places to see within easy reach of Chatsworth include Bakewell (10 minutes), Matlock, the Hope Valley, Peveril CastleBuxton (25 minutes), CastletonEyam Hall, Eyam Stocks and the outdoor sports resort of Hathersage.

Chatsworth House
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Map of Chatsworth

Dining Hall, Chatsworth House

Admission For House, Garden & Farmyard

Adults 20 GBP, Child 13 GBP, OAP/Student 17 GBP


The nearest station to Chatsworth is Chesterfield which has rail connections to London St Pancreas. The Transpeak Service bus runs from Manchester to Stockport, Buxton, Bakewell, Matlock, Derby and on to Nottingham.

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