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A great day out
Chatsworth House (Bakerwell)
Member Name: chadders15
Chatsworth House (Bakerwell)
Advantages: Gorgeous gardens, ornate house, good food
Disadvantages: Can be pricey especially if there are a lot of you
Chatsworth is a great day out, it has extensive gardens to look round and experience, an ornately decorated house to tour and a restaurant which serves great food.
As I live and grew up vaguely near Chatsworth I have visited it quite often. There is a farmyard and adventure playground to take the children to, which is where I went when I was younger. Recently though we went to the house and gardens. The gardens are magnificent and seem like they go on forever, there are the kitchen gardens which is where they grow fruit, vegetables and herbs. There is a rock garden where the rocks tower above you. There are sculptures dotted around the gardens, one of which is a squirting willow tree. There are also fountains and waterfalls. One attraction that everyone seems to like is the Maze, practically impossible to get to the middle of but when you do you find a lot of people overjoyed to have gotten there, all they have to do now is get back out!
The house has a lot of history and a lot of paintings and objects to look at and things to read about the house and its history. You can also pay £2.50 for an audio tour which tells you about the many rooms and people who lived there. It was kind of interesting but I wouldn't go back inside the house as I think it's a one time visit place. But this is just my personal opinion as I'm sure other people would have found it more interesting and would go back.
We went to the restaurant in the courtyard of Chatsworth for dinner, I can't remember what it was called but it was the indoor one! The prices aren't that much and you get a lot for what you pay. There isn't a wide range of hot meals but there was enough choice to keep a vegan happy.
Chatsworth is enjoyed by people of all ages which was evident by the wide range of visitors roaming around the place.
Pricewise I think Chatsworth is expensive to get into especially if you go to the house and the gardens. For the gardens I think it is about £8 for an adult and about £10 for the house. This made me quite glad I had a corporate pass and didn't have to pay to get in! If I had to pay though I would have gone in the gardens as they make a nice day out but wouldn't have gone in the house as it wouldn't have been worth the money. The car parking is £2 for the day but i don't think this is too much especially if you stay for the whole day.
I would recommend going to the gardens and the restaurant and if you have children it would be good to go to the farmyard and the adventure playground. If you are interested in history then you might find the house more interesting than I did or if you have a corporate pass it might be worth going to but I wouldn't pay the money they ask for and I wouldn't go to the house again. However the exterior of the house and grounds is a good photo opportunity if you like taking that sort of thing.
Summary: A good day out, but not often
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