Chatsworth officially more popular than Bridgerton and Downton Abbey - but the Queen trumps them all

Chatsworth has proven more popular than the settings for two of the biggest TV period dramas in recent years.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 9:55 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 10:57 am
Chatsworth House has been named among the most Instagrammed stately homes in the UK.

A study of the UK’s most visited stately homes according to Instagram data has put Chatsworth House in ninth place, ahead of Castle Howard in North Yorkshire, which played a key role in hit Netflix show Bridgerton, in 11th.

Highclere Castle in Hampshire, the setting for hit drama and film Downton Abbey, was ranked 13th, just ahead of Hardwick Hall in 16th for the number of Instagram posts.

Coming top in the study carried out by windows and doors manufacturer Quickslide was the Queen’s central London home, Buckingham Palace, with Windsor Castle in fourth, while Kensington Palace, home of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was ranked third, just behind the Tower of London.

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Leading in popularity by a whopping 600k posts, the administrative headquarters of the monarch is unsurprisingly the most Instragrammed stately home in the UK. As the Royal Family’s most famous home, the palace is also one of Britain’s most iconic London focal points, drawing in more than £3 million paid admissions as of 2020.

A spokesman said: “Unsurprisingly, the country’s world-renowned royal abodes are the most tagged stately homes in the UK, with Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, and Windsor Castle taking the top four spots, with Buckingham Palace having the most Instagram snaps and leading by a whopping 600,000 posts.

“The other top spots feature castles and houses with hundreds of years of history, land and stunning décor for tourists and selfie-lovers alike to explore.

“Whichever stately home is on your list to visit once lockdown restrictions have been lifted, you’re certain to enjoy a day of exploring both the vast history and beauty that each of these estates across the country hold.”

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In second place, the 900-year-old Tower of London houses the crown jewels as well as being infamous for holding many royal and notorious prisoners in the past, and has, over its time, been used as a royal residence, a prison, and an armoury, to name a few!

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Kensington Palace, as well as being a popular tourist destination, is the official residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children. The palace has been home to royals for more than 300 years and was the birthplace of Queen Victoria; it’s a great place to visit to explore the history of the royals through time.
With more than 1,000 years of architectural history to discover, Windsor Castle is a royal residence at Windsor in Berkshire. The Queen herself regularly spends time here as it is her official residence and the largest occupied castle in the world.
Hampton Court Palace is a Grade I-listed royal palace in London built during King Henry VIII’s reign. The palace is now used as a stunning wedding venue and popular tourist destination with more than 60 acres of magnificent gardens.
Located in Cornwall, St Michael’s Mount is a tidal island 500 metres from the mainland. The stunning island is home to a castle and gardens with beautiful Victorian terraces.
Warwick castle from outside. It is a medieval castle built in 11th century and a major touristic attraction in UK nowadays. Sunny day
Chatsworth house is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and has been home to the Cavendish family for 16 generations. This Peak District tourist trap is a brilliant day out for families to explore the house, gardens, farm, and playground, with a stunning Christmas market each Christmas taking over the grounds.
Located in Kent, this stately home has been the private property of six of England’s medieval queens and Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Today, visitors can explore the vast grounds, gardens and have a look inside the castle quarters.
This Baroque stately home took more than 100 years to complete, and is surrounded by parklands, lakes and woodland walks. The castle is open to visitors to take in the majesty of the building and grounds. It finished just ahead of Sutton Park, just 11 miles away, which had 48,000 posts.
Highclere House is renowned as the setting for hit ITV period drama Downton Abbey. Pictured are Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham and Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham.
This Jacobethan-style country house is the seat of the Earl of Carnarvon. It finished ahead of Arundel Castle, West Sussex, which had 39,000 posts, and Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, which attracted 39,000 posts.
Hardwick Hall is one of Britain's finest Elizabethan houses built for Elizabeth, Dowager Countess of Shrewsbury. It finished ahead of Temple Newsam, Leeds, which attracted 30,000 posts and Clarence House, Westminster, London, which had 28,000 posts. Completing the top 20 were Knole, Kent, with 27,000 posts, and Burghley House, Lincolnshire, with 25,000 posts.