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Chatsworth House

Derbyshire Dales, England, United Kingdom

About Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is an historic English country estate that has served as the home for the Dukes of Devonshire and their ancestors since the mid-16th century.

The first house to be built on the Chatsworth House site was constructed in 1549 by Sir William Cavendish and his wife Bess. This original estate was notable for its use as a prison for Mary Queen of Scots, who was kept here on several occasions between 1569 and 1584. Little remains of the original structure except the Hunting Tower which still stands on the hill behind Chatsworth House.

It was not until 1686 that the 1st Duke of Devonshire began a major re-building programme at Chatsworth House. He undertook a number of significant upgrades to the property over a number of years, forming the core of what can be seen today.

Further renovations and additions were made to Chatsworth House in the 19th and 20th centuries, notably under the 6th Duke of Devonshire.

Today Chatsworth House is open to the public and is operated by the Chatsworth House Trust. The house boasts a wealth of interesting art, furniture and antiques as well as exceptional architecture. Visitors can explore a number of stunning rooms and displays as well as taking an audio tour. Also a must see at Chatsworth House is the amazing Devonshire Collection, which displays an array of interesting items from the family’s collections.

The estate has a wonderful 105-acre garden which is also open to the public and includes a large maze. For children, the estate includes a farmyard and adventure playground.

Currently, Chatsworth House is undergoing a major restoration project.