I’ve always wanted to visit Chatsworth House at Christmas time, as I’ve heard just how amazing and festive it is. But despite only living around 40 minutes away we’ve never been, that is until last weekend! We were staying at Darwin Forest Luxury Lodges, so as we were only 10 minutes away from Chatsworth it seemed silly not to visit.
Chatsworth House is a stately home in Derbyshire and is well known for appearing in Pride and Prejudice. It has been home to the Cavendish family since 1549 and the estate covers more that 35,000 acres. You can visit the house all year round but each Christmas the house is completely transformed into a magical winter wonderland that draws in a whopping 200,000 visitors from all over the country.
Each year there is a different theme and this years theme is a land far, far away where you can follow in the footsteps of explorers Phileas Fogg and Amelia Earheart on a fantastical journey and discover the magic of Christmas at Chatsworth.
Booking is essential as it gets very busy at this time of year. We booked online and were given a time slot for the house, this is so they can control the amount of people that are in the house at any one time. Despite this it is still very busy in the house and it can be quite difficult to see everything properly. I wouldn’t let this put me off though as I think it’s to be expected with such a popular attraction, but it’s worth noting as you may be able to visit at a quieter time such as a weekday or when the house first opens for christmas.
If you’re wondering if Chatsworth at Christmas is suitable for children, I would say yes. My two are six and eight and very much enjoyed the day. They were given activity sheets when we entered the house, where they were asked to find certain objects as they went through the rooms. I thought that this was a nice touch as it helps keep little ones occupied.
As well as the house there’s also the garden which includes a maze, Victorian rock garden, fountain and a coal hole and tunnel (my kids particularly enjoyed this). There’s a fantastic children’s playground and a farmyard with animal handling and milking demonstrations. So there really is loads for children to do even if the house isn’t quite their cup of tea.
Around the Stables area you’ll find shops, a restaurant, a choir singing Christmas carols and you can even toast marshmallows!
Overall I would absolutely recommend visiting Chatsworth House as a family at Christmas. Just bare in mind that it does get very busy and if that’s a problem for you, plan to visit early on in the season. Price wise it isn’t cheap in my opinion – £25 for adults, £15 for children or £69 for a family (two adults and three children, which still worked out cheaper for us with two children). But you do get a lot for your money as the gardens and farmyard are included in the price. Chatsworth at Christmas really is a fantasic, unique experience and something that we won’t forget in a hurry. We are already planning to go again next year!
For more information and to book tickets for Chatsworth at Christmas, visit their website here.
Have you ever visited Chatsworth at Christmas time?
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