image for Garden item typeGardens at Chatsworth House

  • Self-assessed Accessibility Information

Garden, £6-£11

Winner of the Best Restaurant within a visitor attraction at the Derbyshire Food and Drink 2007 awards

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House



01246 565300


DE45 1PP


The 105 acre garden is a magical landscape, beautiful in all seasons, and it can be visited separately from the house. It has evolved over more than 450 years, and continues to change today.
There are five miles of walks with rare trees, shrubs, formal hedges, temples, sculptures old and new, streams and ponds and the new, award-winning garden guidebook suggests trails and routes all around the garden while also explaining its history. You are welcome to picnic in the garden, there are no signs saying 'keep off the grass', and dogs on leads are also very welcome.
The famous waterworks include the twenty four steps of the 300 year old Cascade, falling 200 yards down the hill, the magic of water shooting from the branches of the willow tree fountain, the trough waterfall, and Revelation, the water-powered sculpture. As well as the huge maze, and the rose, cottage and kitchen gardens, there is a new sensory garden.
Joseph Paxton, famous head gardener in the 19th century, created the gigantic rock garden, newly restored with a viewpoint looking out over the garden, the enormous gravity-fed Emperor fountain, the beautiful Pinetum and glasshouses. There is also access on most days to his recently excavated coal tunnel.

‘ one of the best and most vibrant gardens in Britain ’ Alan Titchmarsh, 2003

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEnglish Heritage PropertyFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

Opening Details

Open all the time

Farm shop in Pilsley (1½ miles)
Monday to Saturday, 9.00am to 5.30pm
Sunday, 11.00am to 5.00pm

Park Open all year. No charge
House car park shut during closed season

11.00am to 5.30pm, last admission 4.30pm

11.00am to 6.00pm, last admission 5.00pm

Farmyard and adventure playground
10.30am to 5.30pm, last admission 4.30pm

11.00am to 5.30pm

Carriage House restaurant and Stables
grill and drinks
10.15am to 5.00pm. Hot food served at lunchtime

The Cavendish Rooms
11am to 4.30pm. Hot food served at lunchtime


For families who want to get the most out of Chatsworth, your best value ticket is our new Discovery Pass, giving you the opportunity to see everything Chatsworth offers; valid for one visit to the house, and two visits to our outdoor attractions (garden and/or farmyard), all within 7 days.
For further discounts for groups of 15 or more please contact our group bookings department on 01246 565300.

Visitors to Chatsworth can now enjoy the revival of a very British tradition by booking a delicious afternoon tea in the newly refurbished Cavendish rooms. With a stunning contemporary look led by the Duchess of Devonshire, and a luxurious new concept and menu, the Cavendish rooms specialise in freshly baked produce straight from the ovens at Chatsworth.


See location of Chatsworth House on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SK 260701  Lat: 53.22731 Long: -1.61198

Chatsworth is 8 miles north of Matlock off the B6012. It is 16 miles from the M1 Junction 29, signposted via Chesterfield (follow brown signs), 42 miles from the M6 Junction 19 and 30 mins from Chesterfield rail station.

Accessible by Public Transport: 12 miles from Chesterfield station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • English Heritage PropertyEnglish Heritage Property
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
    • Yesis gravel
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesVisitor information available in audio format
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system
  • YesVisual alarm system


  • YesEntrance is well lit


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesSugar free (diabetic)
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesLactose free (dairy free)
    • YesLow potassium
    • YesLow sodium
    • YesNut free
    • YesAdditive free
    • YesOrganic
    • YesVegetarian
    • YesVegan
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children
  • YesChildren's menu
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