Chatsworth was the fastest growing of England’s top-20 paid for attractions in 2010, with visitor numbers growing by 9.7% increase to more than 716,000 according to VisitEngland’s Annual Visitor Attractions Survey.
The Derbyshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire was the fourth most visited historic property’after the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament and Stonehenge.
Including free visitors Chatsworth estimates it attracts more than one million visitors every year to the wider estate and Head of Marketing Sally Hogg believes it is because Chatsworth never rests on its laurels. She said: “Throughout its history Chatsworth has been about change so there’s always something new to discover and that’s what keeps people coming back.
“There are lots of children here at the moment for our summer fun activities in the garden and farmyard and then there’s the Country Fair in early September followed by the fantastic monumental sculpture exhibition, Beyond Limits, which starts in the middle of the month. Our Christmas displays go up in early November and we put a lot into it.’’