From Bess of Hardwick onwards, a long line of remarkable women have lived and worked at Chatsworth and the other Devonshire properties – from Duchesses and other family members to housekeepers and governesses. This illustrated tour will provide an opportunity to find out more about these women and their stories as told through items in Chatsworth’s extensive archives.

Event details

£95 per person | 9.30am to 2pm

Begin the day with refreshments in the Flying Childers restaurant followed by a short tour of the house led by an expert guide.

Continue the day with an exclusive tour of the Library led by our Librarian and Archivist with the opportunity to see selected pieces from the archive and collection, from Bess of Hardwick’s letters and accounts, to Duchess Georgiana’s correspondence and literary works, and letters written by Sarah Paxton, who played a leading role in keeping the gardens and estate running at Chatsworth when her husband Joseph was away.

Enjoy a delectable two-course lunch in the Flying Childers restaurant and the afternoon free for you to explore the house and garden at your leisure. 

The price includes lunch, as well as entry to the house and garden on the day.

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We have a collection of hotels, inns, cottages and restaurants on and around the Chatsworth Estate that will make your visit that little bit more comfortable and special. Visit our website to find out more and to book online.

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