DH is working near Chatsworth for the next while so I could potentially take some time off and travel down with him, then we can go to Chatsworth House on a Friday afternoon/Saturday morning. I've been to the gardens before and was blown away and planning another visit at some point anyway. Is it worth the extra to go at Christmas? Would it be better to go on a Friday afternoon on Saturday morning?
We'll probably be going the first weekend in December. I love Christmas but am not a fan of crowds.
I don’t think it’s that busy but perhaps would go for 10 am or week day. I have had a family pass for past 5 yrs and we love it, live nearby and go all the time. Would definitely recommend the House Christmas decorations they are usually beautiful. This year the theme is Dickens (I think). You do have to pre book a time slot and I think it’s quite expensive. If you have children they do nativity in the farm yard with live animals and the visitors take part, again pre book. Would highly recommend just for the atmosphere and surroundings.
The markets are fun - it does get busy at the weekend - going Friday am and over lunch would probably be best if you want to avoid the worst of the crowds. I went to the house last year on a cheap ticket (part of a trip) and it was wonderful but full price it is very expensive! I think I’d only go full price if the theme was right up my street.
Thanks all. I think I'll try and get as early as possible on the Saturday then. If everything goes well this will be our last Christmas without kids, so trying to squeeze in some things that would be harder to do with little people in tow.