Estate hailed as landmark

80th anniversary of the Dambusters. Lancaster flying over Chatsworth.
80th anniversary of the Dambusters. Lancaster flying over Chatsworth.
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Derbyshire stately home Chatsworth House has been hailed as one of the top 10 landmarks in the UK by tourists.

The popular estate near Bakewell in the Peak District, was number nine in the list compiled by website TripAdvisor and chosen by visitors.

The 16th century house and 1,000-acre park appeared in the top 10 alongside landmarks such as York Minster, the Tower of London, Edinburgh Castle and the Houses of Parliament.

Chatsworth has been home to the Cavendish family since 1549 and was one of the first estates in the country to become a visitor attraction.

Its house, gardens and farm shop plus other features and special events attract hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

The current Duke of Devonshire, Peregrine Cavendish, said: “We’re absolutely delighted with this award, particularly as it comes from visitors.

“There is always something new and interesting for visitors to enjoy here.

“The whole team works really hard to make Chatsworth a great place to visit.

“It’s great that their efforts have been recognised by our visitors.”

TripAdvisor announced the winners of its Travellers’ Choice Attractions awards this week.

Plaudits honoured the top attractions worldwide, in the categories of landmarks, parks, museums and amusement and water parks.

Angus Struthers, TripAdvisor spokesman said: “Derbyshire has great cause for celebration – Bakeswell’s Chatsworth, a 16th century house and 1,000-acre park has been placed ninth in the UK’s top 10 landmarks category.

“These awards honour the world’s best attractions as decided by those who matter most - travellers themselves.

“With schools about to break for the summer holidays in a matter of weeks, these Travellers’ Choice Attractions winners are sure to be on the to do list.”

Forthcoming events at Chatsworth House include the farm shop’s annual summer food fair from July 25 to 28 and a behind-the-scenes tour of unseen areas of the house.

Visit www.chatsworth.org for more details.