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Review of Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House
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Owner description: Chatsworth, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is set in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire, on the banks of the river Derwent. Explore the historic house for fascinating stories and one of Europe's most significant art collections. In the garden, discover water features, giant sculptures and beautiful flowers set in Britain's most stunning and surprising country estate. Or come face to face with our farm animals in our working farmyard and enjoy adventurous fun in the playground. Furthermore, with holiday cottages and hotels, shops and restaurants, including Britain's best farm shop, you can really make the most of your time with us.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2012

We did not go into the house but the gardens were plenty to keep us occupied, lovely and we walked up the waterfall, took a pic nic the grounds outside by the car park are lovely for sitting in the sun or walking. Plenty to do not too expensive

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West Midlands, UK
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“Allow at least two days to take in the full estate”
Reviewed 5 April 2012

Chatsworth estate is well worth a visit but allow at least two days to take in the complete tour of house, the extensive gardens, stables, farm & farm shop. The farm shop it self is worth a visit alone. If you have the faintest interest in history you have to visit; be sure to take a guide or the audio tour - full of interest facts about the estate, house and the Cavendish especially their bananas.

Visited March 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“absolutely stunning stately home and gardens”
Reviewed 2 April 2012

spent a few hours wandering around the gardens of this incredible stately home. there is so much to see just wandering around the gardens. rocks, caves, pools, ponds, bridges, waterfalls, maze, sensory experiences , woodland walks and some great sculptures, art and design. there was a Caro exhibition - strange juxtaposition to landscape for this industrial inspired art. a stunning afternoon in derbyshire. great views of rolling hills and valleys. nb could do with more toilets.

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Tczew, Poland
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269 reviews
194 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“huge, impessive and rich!”
Reviewed 1 April 2012

What has stuck into my mind regarding this absolutely impressive building is...gooseberry wine (!) which I tasted there and have never tasted again ever since! It was deliciouuuuuuuuusss! :] Plus everything you can taste and buy there at the farm-like shop. The house itself is huge, full of nice paintings, sculptures etc... It reminds me much of Buckingham Palace in London or Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, if you are keen on this kind of places...:] Oh, and the awesome fountains in the garden!

Visited July 2011
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Cambridge, UK
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55 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Interesting but not quite to my taste”
Reviewed 31 March 2012

There's a lot to Chatsworth and I would suggest that you allow yourself a full day to look around everything. We paid £20 for the ticket that got you in to everything and if you add on parking of £3 plus lunch it is a little on the pricey side so you should give yourself a full day to make the most of it. We were one of the first ones to enter the house that morning, it does get incredibly busy so I'm glad we did the house first. There's a lot to see and it is certainly very interesting, if a little overwhelming. I'm glad I did the house but wouldn't be in a rush to see it again. Next we went to the farm and I must say some of the animals looked a little sad - perhaps because of the screams coming from the children's playground next door? The shops and food court are very well done and we had a lovely cream tea for our lunch. Finally we went around the gardens which are spectacular and were my favourite bit. If I were to go again I would first go to the Chatsworth farm shop (about 1 mile from the house) and put together things for a picnic then go and eat them in the gardens. I also wish we had made time to walk around the land surrounding the house (but that aren't fenced in as the official gardens) as we only saw the spectacular view of the property, with the golden window frames glistening in the sun, as we were driving home (it was too foggy to see anything when we first arrived).

Visited March 2012
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