Region: East Midlands

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Bakewell, , Derbyshire DE45 1PP

Contact: 01246 565 430



Chatsworth is one of Britain’s best-loved historic houses and home to the Cavendish family since 1549. Explore the house and uncover a treasure store of objects, art, literature and history to inspire your group. Discover 105 acres of gardens full of interesting sculpture, water features and the ever popular Maze. Meet the animals in our farmyard, run wild in the adventure playground, or get hands-on outdoors at the Stickyard. There’s so much to see and do at Chatsworth, a trip here makes for a rewarding day of learning for pupils and teachers alike.

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Why you are you a great place for educational visits?                                                                            

Chatsworth is a wonderful resource for learners of all ages. With so much to see and do, the learning opportunities are endless. Throughout the house, garden and farmyard and adventure playground you have the choice to either explore on your own or join in the tours and activities led by our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Chatsworth also has a busy schedule of events and exhibitions, so there is always something different to see.

Do you have the LOtC Quality Badge or any other accreditation such as AALA?
We hold the Sandford Award for Excellence in Heritage Education.

What does a typical educational visit include?
When visiting Chatsworth, groups can choose between self-guided or guided options or a mixture of the two. Across the house, garden, farmyard and Stickyard outdoor education centre we have a broad range of talks and activities for a variety of ages. To ensure your visit suits your needs please contact our Education team, who will happily help you make the right choices for your group. They can also assist in tailoring sessions to fit in with your curriculum needs or areas of particular interest.

In addition to the tours and activities outlined below, we also run a number of events, including ARTiculation Discovery Days, springtime Lambing Experience and Sotheby’s Beyond Limits exhibition of contemporary sculpture. In 2017, visitors will also be able to explore House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth, an exhibition exploring fashion and adornment at Chatsworth. For more information please contact the Education Office.

All farmyard activities can either be booked as a tour around the farmyard or as a workshop in the Oak Barn.

Caring for animals (Allow 1 hour)
Children will meet our farm animals and learn how we care for them within the context of a working farm. From fluffy chicks to statuesque shires, pupils will get up close and learn how we look after them. Through ‘hands on’ activities they will look at health, nutrition and growth and make the links between farm animals and the food we eat. In the spring term there may be opportunities to bottle feed a lamb.

New life and growth (Animal lifecycles) (Allow 1 hour)
Meet our animals and learn about their life processes by comparing, contrasting and classifying them and their young.

Products and materials (Allow 1 hour)
This tour focuses on the link between the farm and the food we buy and eat. Pupils will learn about where food comes from, how it is processed and also learn about other natural resources such as leather and wool.

Trailer ride (Allow 30 minutes)
This exciting trailer ride is a great way to explore the stunning landscape at Chatsworth. A member of our farmyard team will share stories about farming and daily life on the estate, whilst you enjoy the spectacular views.

Garden explorers tour (Allow 1.5 hours)
The 105 acre garden is full of surprises with waterworks, inspiring sculptures and amazing plants to discover. Pupils will explore the landscape with an intrepid garden guide to uncover some of its hidden stories and secrets. Specialist tours can also be arranged on request, for example, to focus on water features.

Garden sculptures tour (Allow 1.5 hours)
Focusing on the fantastic range of sculpture in the Chatsworth garden. From Classical to contemporary, our Guides will cover a diverse range of styles, textures, materials, as well as the importance of sculpture at Chatsworth, to inspire your artists.

House tour (Allow 1.5 hours)
Experience this amazing 300 year old family home as our friendly guides take you on a journey full of stories about the people and the objects that have shaped its history. Your group will learn about key elements of the house, and compare and contrast what you see to your own modern lives. From ancient artefacts to modern art, our experienced guides will bring objects to life through information and stories.

Business studies, leisure and tourism tour (Allow 2 hours)
Chatsworth is a great venue for BSLT study; students will be given the opportunity to see at first hand the operational workings of all aspects of the enterprise, from customer service to catering, retailing, human resources and marketing. Our knowledgeable guides provide a wealth of information on the day and encourage much interaction from students - we like lots of questions!

Outdoor Education
Prehistory at Chatsworth (Allow 1.5 hours or 3 hours, plus time for lunch, for full day session)
Get hands-on exploring prehistory through a range of activities. Test your survival skills in our Stone Age session or try building with wattle and daub in our Bronze Age session. Why not make a day of it and compare the lifestyles of Stone Age hunter-gatherers and Bronze Age farmers in our exciting full-day session?

Living Sculptures (Allow 1.5 hours)
To celebrate the first ever RHS Chatsworth Flower Show in 2017 we’re experimenting with natural materials and the potential they hold to be transformed into works of art. This session will work with a range of materials and explore some of the permanent sculpture collection and garden features at Chatsworth.

Dens and shelters (Allow 1.5 hours)
Enjoy building dens and shelters with natural materials that are available in the woodland. Using teamwork and imagination, this session is an exciting and engaging way to promote an understanding of the resources and habitats in the woods.

Woodland discovery trail (Allow 1.5 hours)
Discover Chatsworth’s rich woodland and learn how it is managed throughout the year, its history and its importance and various uses to the estate historically and today. This session will involve some walking and a number of activities within the woods, including storytelling activities for younger groups.

Discover the Glasshouses (Allow 1.5 hours)
This session is focussed on our glasshouses and their importance to the estate. From Sir Joseph Paxton through to the Gardens team today, the glasshouses have been used to create rich and varied habitats to home a vast array of species from all over the world.

Discover the Kitchen Garden (Allow 1.5 hours)
Join us on a tour of our Kitchen garden and discover more about how we grow and use our fruit and vegetables. This unique insight into our Kitchen garden will involve seasonal activities to promote an understanding of the life cycle of plants.

What group sizes do you cater for?

With 1000 acres of parkland we are fortunate that we can accommodate large groups. At peak times, or for guided visits, we may ask your party to split into smaller groups. There is no minimum group size for education visits. To discuss availability further, please contact our Bookings Office on 01246 565430 or

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?
Please visit our website for new and exciting self-guided resources packs available to download before your visit.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?
Photography, video and audio are welcome throughout Chatsworth, including inside the house, as long as they are for personal and non-commercial use. No selfie sticks or tripods are permitted in the house.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?
Group leaders are encouraged to take advantage of a free pre-visit to the house, garden, farmyard or park prior to their group visit, to get to know the setting and conduct a site risk assessment. Please arrange your visit through the Bookings Office. Risk assessment guidance is available from the education pages of our website.

Does your venue have an education officer?
To book a visit, please contact the Bookings Office via or on 01246 565430.

For educational content enquiries, please contact the Education Office via or on 01246 565300. Our team will be happy to help you work out how to get the best out of your visit and can tailor sessions to meet the needs of your group.

What is the cost of the visit?
Prices start from £4.75 per pupil.
We offer complimentary tickets to teachers visiting in line with the national teacher to pupil ratio guidelines. For Foundation, KS1 and KS2 this is 1:6 and for KS3 and above the ratio is 1:10. All additional teachers will be charged at the pupil rate.

For full pricing details please see our website: 

Is specific clothing required for the trip?
A visit to Chatsworth may include large amounts of walking, periods of which will be outdoors. Therefore appropriate outdoor clothing for the weather conditions and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?
Group leaders are responsible for first aid and safe behavior of their group. Each group should bring a first aid kit and have an identified person who is responsible for group safety and first aid. Chatsworth has a fully qualified first aid team onsite and they are contactable by all staff in case of emergency.

Please list facilities available.
Picnic areas:
You are welcome to picnic in the garden (subject to the garden admission charge) where we have a canopy area with seating situated between the Emperor Fountain and Ring Pond and you can always find space in our freely accessible 1000 acre park. The farmyard has a picnic room available on a first come first served basis (subject to farmyard admission charges).

Food shops:
There are Food to Go outlets in the garden, farmyard and house entrance that sell a selection of hot and cold snacks from £2 - £4.

Gift shops in the house, garden and farmyard welcome school pupils and sell a variety of pocket money items from £2 - £5.

What are your disabled facilities?
We are able to offer full access to the main visitor route in the house for visitors using wheelchairs, via a lift and access arrangements. Please note any access requirements on your booking form. There is good access to the garden, farmyard, shops and restaurants. For further information, please check our accessibility page of the website:

What are your opening days and hours?
Chatsworth is open 7 days a week.

The house and garden open at 11am and the farmyard and adventure playground at 10:30am. The garden opens at 10:30am during June, July and August. If you are booking a guided tour of the house we can offer theses from 10am.

More detail about opening days and hours can be found on our website:

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?
“Amazing team, excellent organization, lot’s to see and do. A 5 star experience.” Pre-school teacher

“Excellent hands on experience to support the Science curriculum. ‘The Lambing Experience’ team pitched their presentation at the correct level for our Year 5 children, using their scientific vocabulary to explain aspects of the life cycle of the sheep. You have an amazing team who obviously love their job!” Primary school teacher

“It provides an excellent day for Y8 pupils – some culture; sculptures, paintings, architecture, garden design etc, and lots of space to run around and let off steam. The farm, maze, grottos etc make walking around visually stimulating and lots of fun.” Secondary school teacher

“This is quite possibly the best day ever! Can we come again?” Primary school pupil

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?
Still not sure about whether a trip to Chatsworth is right for your group? Why not attend one of our 2017 teachers’ preview events to experience some of our tours and activities? To book your free place, please email:

House season preview: 23 March 2017 - from 4pm
Preview the 2017 exhibitions ahead of season opening. Take advantage of our self-guided resource packs, informative Guides on the visitor route and meet our education team to discuss how to get the most from your visit.

Farmyard and Stickyard preview: 25 May 2017 - from 4pm
Bring along your family to experience the exciting range of tours and activities available in the Farmyard and Stickyard outdoor education centre. Meet our friendly farmyard and education teams to discuss how to get the most from your visit.

Sotheby’s Beyond Limits preview: September 2017 - from 4pm
Preview the 2017 Sotheby’s Beyond Limits exhibition ahead of public opening. Take advantage of our self-guided resource packs, informative Guides and meet our education team to discuss how to get the most from your visit.


Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Adventure Playgrounds Animal Welfare Arts & Galleries Farms Historic Buildings Historical Heritage Museums Outdoor Education Parks and Gardens Picnic Areas SEN Team Building Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Art and Design Business Studies Design and Technology Environmental Studies Food & Nutrition Geography History Leisure & Tourism Mathematics Science Textiles

Months Open: March April May June July August September October November December

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