Chatsworth House and Gardens, National Park and Bakewell Pudding Day Trip by Train

Including Bus Ticket to Chatsworth, Entrance to the House and Gardens and Onward Bus to Bakewell

Chatsworth, the magnificent home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is set in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Explore this iconic stately home on a day trip to Chatsworth from Manchester.

Travel through the rolling hills and expansive moorland of the Peak District to Chatsworth. Then, explore the 30 spectacular rooms in the main house, where each is more jaw-dropping than the last in its opulence, before wandering the miles of paths in the 105-acre garden famous for its water features, sculptures, and hedge maze.

After you’ve finished at Chatsworth, head to the traditional market town of Bakewell, home of the Bakewell tart and pudding. Sample these baked delights in the Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop before exploring this quaint town set on the banks of the River Wye. Then return to Sheffield for the train back to Manchester.

What’s included in your day trip to Chatsworth:

  • Meet and Greet at Manchester Piccadilly Station
    Meet our representative outside The Mill Bar and Kitchen to receive your tickets and travel pack.
  • Return train travel from Manchester to Sheffield
    Enjoy a relaxing train ride to Sheffield, journey time approximately 50 minutes.
  • Bus Transfers to Chatsworth House
    Your local bus will take you on a scenic drive into the National Park and Chatsworth Estate.
  • Chatsworth House and Gardens
    Enjoy a full day at Chatsworth or after your visit, take the bus to the pretty town of Bakewell.
  • Bakewell
    Famous worldwide for its pudding and tart, this Derbyshire market town is well worth a visit. You can then return to Sheffield on the same bus for your train back to Manchester.

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By bus

A number of local bus services come to Chatsworth and stop at the house. The bus stop is just a short walk from the house, garden and farmyard entrances.

£4 off when you visit by bus
Visitors arriving at Chatsworth by bus are entitled to £4 off House & garden tickets, House, garden and farmyard tickets or Christmas tickets. Simply show your bus ticket for that day’s journey, or the discount voucher you receive from the bus driver at one of the till points at the house, garden or farmyard.

Buses from Bakewell

The 218 service operated by TM Travel runs between Sheffield and Bakewell, stopping at Chatsworth daily. View the 218 TM Travel timetable.

Buses from Buxton

The 58 service operated by High Peak runs between Buxton and Macclesfield, stopping at Chatsworth on Sundays and Bank Holidays. View the High Peak 58 timetable.

Buses from Chesterfield

The 170 and x70 services operated by Hulleys run between Chesterfield and Bakewell, stopping in Baslow daily. View Hulley’s timetables.

Passengers arriving by bus into Baslow village are able to access the park via a public footpath. From the bus stop at Nether End, Baslow, walk over the single track bridge and follow the path to your right. It is then a pleasant 2km walk to the house and attractions.

Buses from Manchester

The National Express service passes through Bakewell; services from Bakewell to Chatsworth are detailed above.

The High Peak Skyline 199 service runs between Manchester Airport and Buxton; services from Buxton to Chatsworth are detailed above.

Buses from Matlock

The 217 service operated by Stagecoach runs between Matlock and Chatsworth Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays. View the 217 your bus timetable.

Buses from Sheffield

The 218 service operated by TM Travel runs between Sheffield and Bakewell, stopping at Chatsworth daily. View the 218 TM Travel timetable.

National bus services

  • National Express Coaches

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is one of Britain’s premier country houses. It has been home to 16 generations of the Cavendish family since the 1560s when the initial house was first completed. Today, the house, gardens and 1000 acre park surrounding them are a huge tourist attraction for the north of England with over a million visitors a year.

The main attraction is the house itself and you do get to see quite a bit of it on the tour. The audio guide helps to explain the significance of each room, although it was a bit too ‘art’ orientated for our liking. The state rooms are resplendent and room after room is striking in its own way. Our favourite bit of the house was the beautiful hallway with the sweeping staircase – just lovely. On the way out, you’ll see a sculpture gallery with lots of busts – look out for one of Mr Darcy from the film of Pride and Prejudice which was partly shot here. Chatsworth is presumed by many to be ‘Pemberley’ from Jane Austen’s book.

The gardens at Chatsworth are fantastic. They were designed by renowned landscaper Capability Brown and there’s loads to see. You’ll be particularly impressed with the ‘cascade’ which allows water to flow down a series of steps. The other main historic water feature is the single jet which shoots upwards from the rear lake. It’s entirely powered by the water which comes down to Chatsworth from the hillside above. Also in the gardens, there are numerous sculptures to see ranging in size and age. Chatsworth has embraced modern art as well as the kinds of things you’d expect in a historic stately home. Adult admission to the house and gardens costs £16 or you can buy a garden only ticket for £10 (2013 prices)

The Chatsworth Farmyard is the big draw for kids. As you’d expect there’s a ‘hands-on’approach to the animals here in the various barns, but there’s also a huge adventure playground with a zip-wire. Kids are usually waiting in line to use it! Admission to the Farmyard is £6 for both adults and children (2013 prices)

In the former stables courtyard, you’ll find the food and shopping outlets. The shops stock a range of quality goods for the home and garden and there’s also a mini-version of the Chatsworth Farm shop called the pantry. We’d recommend a trip to the actual farm shop if you have time though as it’s a delight for the senses. For food, there’s a waiter service area, but most visitors use the Carriage House restaurant instead. Although the food quality of the meals you buy is good, sadly we’ve found lots of other things let it down. The prices are a little steep for a self-service restaurant, for example, on our last visit we paid £8.50 for 3 sausages with veg. However, both the meals we had were not warm. In fact, to call them tepid would have been generous. Not good. You do get to sit in the converted Carriage House however, which is a nice place to eat….if your food is hot.

There’s no doubt that there’s loads to do at Chatsworth and it can easily occupy your whole day. You just need to bear in mind that the main attractions all have separate admission fees, so if you do everything it can end up costing an average family a small fortune. There is a ‘complete’ ticket though which costs £19 for adults (2013 prices). It’s worth remembering that all tickets booked online get free car parking.

There are some things you can do at Chatsworth which don’t cost a lot of money though. We’d recommend paying the £3 parking fee (2013 prices) and just walking around the park a little which is free. Top of our list would be a walk in Stand Woods – the entrance is by the farmyard. If you follow the tarmac path and follow the small yellow signs that say HT, you’ll eventually come to the Hunting Tower which has a great view over Chatsworth and the park. The tower is also older than Chatsworth House itself! Along the way, you’ll also see the most incredible water feature which includes waterfalls, and streams. The second place worth walking to is the village of Edensor, which was built to houses to Chatsworth workers. It’s very pretty and in the churchyard look out for the grave of John F Kennedy’s sister, Kathleen Kennedy who became Kathleen Cavendish, Marchioness of Hartington.

Chatsworth is open everyday until just before Christmas from 11am until around 5.30pm for the house and 6pm for the gardens. The farmyard is open from 10.30am to 5.30pm.

LOCATION & CONTACT

Address: Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1PP
Tel: +44 1246 565300

MORE ON CHATSWORTH HOUSE

Chatsworth House – Official website
Chatsworth – Wikipedia

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