Chatsworth House, Farmyard, Adventure Playground and Park
We have walked through Chatsworth Park many times and there are lots of ‘photo opportunities’ for the keen photographer.
Access to the park is free and the walking is easy – there is a path which runs through part of the park, or you can walk along the grass nearer to the river. Sheep and cattle usually graze the grass and the river is full of fish and ducks. There is one car park by the side of the road where parking is free or you can pay £1 to park closer to the house. You are not allowed to park by the side of the road that runs through the estate.
Admission is charged to the house, garden and farmyard/adventure playground, although you can buy various tickets depending on your interests. Ticket Prices in 2012 were as follows:-
House and garden – adults £15.00, children £9.00, family ticket £43.00, senior citizens and students £13.00
Garden only – adults £10.00, children £6.00, family ticket £28.00, senior citizens and students £8.00
Farmyard and Adventure Playground – Adults and children £5.00, Children under 3 free, Senior citizens £4.50.
If you have the time and the energy (and no whining children to contend with!) you can buy a family pass for all of the attractions for £50.00.
We’ve only ever been into the house once as the boys are never that keen to go in, but I do remember it being lavishly decorated. You are advised to allow about an hour for a proper look around.
We have visited the garden several times and all of us enjoy it immensely – even the boys manage to find something of interest! There are lots of different parts to the garden – from the very wild, to the untamed.
There is a good maze to enjoy and it took us longer than usual to find the centre!
Below are some photos taken on our latest visit. (Click on any of the pictures to enlarge)
We visited the Farmyard several years ago and all enjoyed it. There have been improvements made since then and the addition of an adventure playground.
You can visit the Chatsworth web site at www.chatsworth.org
Chatsworth Farm Shop – off the B6048, near Pilsley.
After visiting any of the above attractions found on the Chatsworth Estate, make sure you visit the Chatsworth Farm Shop. A wide range of produce is sold, much of it coming from the estate. The meat-eaters in the family recommend the wild boar steaks, venison steaks and ‘country fayre’ sausages (mainly wild boar with apricot). For meat-eaters and vegetarians alike there is also a wide range of chutneys, sauces, fruitcakes, wine, biscuits, etc., etc. We would all really recommend the fruitcake – it’s expensive, but I have to say it is the tastiest fruitcake any of us have ever had. It is sold in slabs, by weight – or you can buy a whole cake.
In the same courtyard complex as the farm shop are some other shops selling a range of items for the tourist!
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