25th August 2022
PRICES £95 per person
The history of Chatsworth begins with Elizabeth Talbot, countess of Shrewsbury, better known as Bess of Hardwick. A native of Derbyshire and from a modest background – she became the second most powerful woman in Elizabethan England after Queen Elizabeth 1.
The Cavendish Line commenced and continues today following her second marriage to Sir William Cavendish who hailed from Cavendish in Suffolk. Their marriage took place in 1547 and Bess persuaded Sir William to move to her home county.
Chatsworth Manor was acquired in 1549 for £600 and in 1552 work began to build the first house in the site.
Sir William died in 1557. Bess remarried 6th Earl of Shrewsbury who was the guardian to Mary Queen of Scots. She was semi-imprisoned here at Chatsworth – her lodgings were located on the East side of the house where the rooms remain.
From that day to this the House has existed in various states of repair but from 2004 when the 12th Duke, Peregrine Cavendish, succeeded his father, they have moved with the times to make this stately home what it is today.
Enjoy the free flow tour.
Ilkley 9.00 am west street car park behind piccolinos - LS29 8AF
Skipton 9.30 am high street car park coach section - BD23 1ED
Barnoldswick 10.00 am
12.15 noon - buffet lunch in the stables cafe
1.00 pm - entry to the house
2.00 pm - time to explore the lakes, water features, gardens and river bank
4.00 pm – depart
5:45 pm – arrive Barnoldswick
6:15 pm – arrive Skipton
6:45 pm – arrive Ilkley
PRICE £90 per person
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