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This site has the following component area(s):

Chatsworth, Formal Gardens

Chatsworth, Rock Garden

Chatsworth, Pinetum

Chatsworth, Kitchen Garden

Chatsworth, Cottage Garden

Chatsworth, Sensory Garden


Brief description of site

Chatsworth has a landscape park, woodland, pleasure grounds and water features surrounding a large hall. The 18th-century park, which occupies about 405 hectares, replaced an earlier formal design but elements of this layout have survived. New areas added in the 20th century include the Sensory Garden and Kitchen Garden.

Brief history of site

The estate was bought in 1549 from the Leche family by Sir William Cavendish. Following the accession of the 4th Earl in 1684, formal gardens were laid out from 1688 to 1703 by George London and Henry Wise. These were largely remodelled by Lancelot Brown, who created a landscape park during the 1760s. Joseph Paxton was head gardener during the 19th century and built more than 20 glasshouses.

Location information:

Address: Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP

Locality: Bakewell, Derbyshire

Local Authorities:

Derbyshire; Derbyshire Dales; Chatsworth

Historical County: Derbyshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 119 Grid Ref: SK 260 701
Latitude: 53.2273 Longitude: -1.612

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open daily with the exception of the Christmas break. Please see:

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: great house

Site first created: Before 1684

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 405

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