Day Trips: Chatsworth House

Spending time with my parents this year, mum thought it a good idea to have a day out together so we organised a day trip to Chatsworth House. Personally, I’d never heard of the place, but the thought of it made a big smile light up her face so I knew it must be special.

Unfortunately we’d booked our tickets on one of the worst weather days we’ve had this year. Chatsworth is in Derbyshire and it was already dark and raining when we got up. Driving through the countryside we soon found ourselves diverted from waterlogged roads but we were undeterred. We were excited about the house’s special event – Christmas at Chatsworth. This year they had transformed the house into the story of The Nutcracker. Each room had a theme and was telling the tale as you walked around.

Having never been here before though, we were also interested in what the rooms normally contained. As the groups walked on through we would stop and look at the paintings and swords.

Here are a few photos to give you an idea of how beautiful this place is:


Now, Chatsworth House is also known for it’s Gardens. Unfortunately we were unable to walk around them on the day we went but we intend to go back because they’re huge and have many different areas to them.

If you’re in the area I thoroughly recommend visiting Chatsworth for a day trip, and I mean day trip – it’s huge! They have an adventure playground for children, a farmyard, lots of walks and trails to go around, as well as the spectacular house. They have a number of ticket options so you can pay for what you want to see and most of these prices hang around £20 for adults – not cheap, but worth the treat! I know we’ll be going again in the Spring.


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