Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The house architecture and collection have been evolving for five centuries.
The house has over 30 rooms to explore*, from the magnificent Painted Hall, regal State Rooms, newly restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery. In the Guest Bedrooms, meet an Edwardian Lady’s Maid who will be revealing the secrets of her mistress’s suitcase of clothes, or dress up in one of our period costumes.
Chatsworth has one of Europe’s most significant art collections. The diverse collection has grown with each generation to live here, and the Devonshire Collection encompasses Old Masters, contemporary ceramics, artifacts from Ancient Egypt, modern sculpture and computer portraits to name but a few. The Old Master Drawings Cabinet opened in 2012 to showcase selections from over 3000 pieces within the collection, many of which have not been publicly displayed within living memory. Find out more about Chatsworth and the Devonshire Collection.
We hold events in and around the house all year, and some highlights include the annual International Horse Trials, Country fair, exhibitions in the New Gallery and Christmas at Chatsworth, when the lower floors of the house are festively decorated while conservation work is undertaken on the upper floor. Find out more about events and exhibitions at Chatsworth.
Christmas is everyone’s favorite time of the year, especially at Chatsworth that’s why every year the house is transformed as the lower floors of the house are decorated to get everyone in the festive spirit. Each year a different theme is chosen so keep your eyes and ears open for the announcement of this year’s theme.
They have events and activities for the whole family over the winter period. From truly magical nativity performances in the farmyard starring our own farm animals, to twilight evenings, floral workshops and wreath making demonstrations, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Or if you prefer to get your Christmas shopping off to an early start, you can browse our range of gift shops, visit our Christmas market with over 100 stalls of gifts for the whole family, and why not stop for a mulled wine and mince pie.
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