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Chatsworth Garden

Photograph © Anthurium/Katrina Underwood
Photograph © Chatsworth House Trust/Matthew Bullen
Photograph © Anthurium/Katrina Underwood
Photograph © Anthurium/Katrina Underwood
Photograph © Chatsworth House Trust/Matthew Bullen
The River Derwent, as modified by Lancelot Brown
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A seventeenth century house, plus additions, with an eighteenth century park and a mainly nineteenth century garden. Only Queen Mary's Bower survives from the sixteenth century. From the late seventeenth century design, by London and Wise, one can see: the Cascade (designed by Grillet in 1694), the Sea Horse Fountain (designed by Cibber) and Flora's Temple (which has been moved). From the eighteenth century, one can see the great landscape park by Lancelot Brown. He altered the course of the River Derwent, carried out extensive tree planting and swept away the old formal gardens. In the nineeteenth century, a close partnership developed between the Sixth Duke of Devonshire and his gardener, Sir Joseph Paxton. They created a classic Mixed Style garden adjoining the house. New parterre gardens were made next to the house in the nineteenth century. Joseph Paxton carried out gardenesque planting on an extensive scale and made a wonderful conservatory, which has gone.

Bakewell, Derbyshire, England, DE45 1PP

Mid March to mid December. Daily. Open 11am (10:30am from June to August) to 6pm (last admission 5pm).

Adult £11.25, Garden only £7.50

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  • almost 7 years by Pete 5 / 5

    The House and its Estate is one of the finest in England. Anyone wishing to argue the respective merits of Blemheim and Chatsworth can do so.

    The park is superb, there is lots to do for the family, greenhouses, fountains, maze etc and the kitchen garden looks like it is actually used.
  • over 7 years by Gail Fanning 5 / 5

    Amazing estate: give yourself the entire day to enjoy the house tour, the Capability Brown landscape park, the gardens, greenhouses, fountains, the maze, etc. A great place for the entire family to enjoy!

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