There’s nowhere better to get in the festive spirit than at magnificent Chatsworth House. Every year the majestic estate of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire is transformed into a winter wonderland, with the rooms lavishly decorated with garlands, twinkling lights and candles, complemented by the smell of Christmas trees and the sounds of carols. The stunning grounds also play host to one of the UK’s biggest Christmas Markets, with over 100 stalls selling all sorts of gifts, whilst there’s plenty of festive entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
We experience the grandeur of Chatsworth House, the ancestral home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, which has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. Situated in the heart of the Peak District, Chatsworth House is one of the UK’s real gems. Stroll through 25 rooms and marvel at works of art spanning over 4,000 years, including magnificent ornate ceilings, Roman and Egyptian sculptures, plus paintings from artists including Rembrandt and Van Dyck.
Every grand staircase and room you enter is like a scene from a period drama, a feast for the eyes with some of the finest and priceless art to exist in the world. The Sculpture Gallery is equally impressive and features a collection of items collected over the years including large white marble Italian sculptures and the largest vase in the world made from Blue John stone.
Outside, the 105-acre gardens are also a real treat with perfectly manicured lawns, spectacular flower beds and a rockery garden, all of which can be explored by wandering on foot along the five miles of designated trails. There are plenty of sculptures to discover in the grounds too as well as numerous ponds and fountains, most notably the eye-catching Cascade waterfall which flows down 24 different shaped steps.
Fancy a trip to Manchester? You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping! The Arndale Centre has all your favourite high street brands plus a food court with plenty of choice for lunch. You’ll find designer boutiques in King Street, plus a Selfridges and Harvey Nichols in Exchange Square. Deansgate, the main street through Manchester, is packed with cafes and restaurants covering all different types of cuisine and just outside the city there’s also the Trafford Centre – a huge shopping complex of high street shops – get ready to shop ‘til you drop!
Salford Quays is also well worth a closer look. Once the site of the Manchester docks, it was upgraded as part of a massive urban regeneration project, resulting in the contemporary waterfront we see today and is home to some fabulous attractions including The Lowry theatre, the Imperial War Museum North and the northern hub for both ITV and the BBC. The Quayside outlet mall provides more retail therapy opportunities but be sure to put your feet up in the myriad bars and restaurants – perfect for people watching along the glistening waterfront!
Here at National Holidays, we live and breathe excellent value getaways. We’ve got a bucket load of affordable breaks to suit every budget, and if you’re looking for an unforgettable coach holiday in the UK, Ireland or Europe, then we’ve got just the ticket.
With over 25 years of experience in the coaching industry, we know a few things about what makes a perfect short break away. And travelling with the UK’s leading specialist in coach holidays has its perks, because we’ve got a well-stocked catalogue of thousands of adventures for you to choose from!
Our collections are jam-packed with excursions and bursting with variety, but with one very important thing in common; they promise excellent value for money.
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JG Travel Group are delighted to welcome National Holidays into the fold. We have been operating UK and European breaks for almost 25 years through Just Go! Holidays and Omega Breaks to UK customers, and Albion Journeys to US customers. We can now offer you an even larger choice of destinations, along with many of the usual holidays and Special Event breaks you know and love.