Chatsworth Gardens are much more than pretty flowers and ideal for a family day out

With most families cooped up in their own homes since the start of this year, a garden the size of Chatsworth is the perfect place to let off some post-lockdown steam.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 12:25 pm

With 105 acres to explore, the gardens belonging to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire have plenty to discover.

Developed over almost 500 years, there is much more to Chatsworth Gardens than lush green lawns and pretty flowerbeds.

There is something to discover around every corner, from waterfalls to rock formations perfect for climbing. Explore the rose kitchen and sensory gardens, take a rest in the grotto or simply admire the Emperor Fountain.

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Some features, including the maze and glasshouses, are currently closed to ensure safe social distancing.

However, these extra precautions do not intrude on the place itself and the majority of the gardens feel open as usual.

As you would expect in spring, there are colourful daffodils everywhere and families can print out a springtime activity sheet at home from the Chatsworth website to help children have fun and appreciate the nature they will encounter in the garden.

There are also a number of sculptures dotted around waiting to be discovered, including the most recent addition – Natural Course by Laura Ellen Bacon, which uses the dry stone walling technique to create an impressive centrepiece to a 15-acre area called Arcadia.

There is lots for families to see and enjoy in the gardens at Chatsworth.

Natural Course was unveiled last year and joins pieces by artists including Antony Gormley, Angela Conner, Elisabeth Frink, Allen Jones, Michael Craig-Martin and Barry Flanagan.

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Lots to places to explore

There is no playground in Chatsworth Garden itself – that is left to the farmyard which has an impressive adventure playground for children, alongside the usual animals.

Families across Derbyshire have returned to the historic 105-acre gardens at Chatsworth, which have reopened to the public.

However, do not let that put you off visiting with young children.

The are so many natural features which lend themselves to play, the lack of actual equipment is barely noticeable.

The Rock Garden has a balancing rock you can stand on, which will rock from side to side as you shift your weight, there are places to climb everywhere and all sorts of nooks and crannies which lend themselves perfectly to a lengthy game of hide and seek.

The house itself will open again on May 18 with a one-way route for visitors to follow, while advance booking is highly recommended for visits to the farmyard and gardens.

Becky and Monty Glassberg enjoyed walking seeing The Cascade in the reopened gardens at Chatsworth House.

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Enjoy a wander by the river in the lush parklands of the Chatsworth estate with the spectacular backdrop of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire's stately home.