Chatsworth House stands in a large and beautiful park, through which flows the lovely River Derwent. It is often known as the Palace of the Peak.
The house was built by William Talman, helped by Thomas Archer and Jeffry Wyatville, for the Duke of Devonshire in the 17th century. There are many works of art in the house.
The gardens feature the tallest fountain in Britain, the Emperor Fountain which rises to a spectacular 290 feet. The original garden planner was Capability Brown and later Joseph Paxton had a hand.
The redoubtable Bess of Hardwick lived for a period at a previous house on the site.