Top things to do in Derbyshire and the Peak District

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Why visit the Peak District? We have outlined the the top things to see and do in Derbyshire and the Peak District whilst visiting Matlock. We have world-famous country houses, top class attractions for children, hills and dales for walkers, unique market towns, plentiful fishing, history by the bucket load and delicious food!

View of autumn trees and river at Lathkill Dale Peak District
Tramways and ferris wheel and Crich Tramway Museum
Sign post through trees to Monsal Head
The front of Haddon Hall, covered in roses

Country houses and local market towns

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Fine Country Houses

ChatsworthHome to the remarkable Duchess Georgiana.
Kedleston HallMasterpiece of neo-classical architecture, designed by Robert Adam
Harwick HallBuilt for 'Bess of Hardwick', Elizabethan England's second most powerful and wealthy woman
Haddon HallA fortified medieval manor house dating from the 12th Century
Tissington HallThe history of Tissington can be traced back as far as 1086, when it is mentioned in the Domesday Book among the possessions of Henry de Ferrers.

Local Market Towns

The surrounding villages of limestone cottages, pubs and village greens are charming. Keep a look out for the "well dressings".
BuxtonThis Georgian Spa town with its Crescent (rival to Bath), Opera House and Pavilion Gardens is well worth a visit.
View from High Tor in Matlock of the houses below
View from Derwent Edge of Salt Cellar in Peak District
The stepping stones at Dovedale in the Peak District
Signpost to Brushfield and Upperdale on country road

Attractions, Fishing and Walking

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Crich Tramway MuseumFor a great day out visit and pay an old penny to ride on the tram.
Alton TowersHalf an hour from the house for the ultimate theme park thrill!
Gulliver’s KingdomA more suitable attraction for younger children and those of you that are not as adventurous!
Uttoxeter Race CourseMeetings are held throughout the year, with a number of themed special events.
Heights of AbrahamA cable car ride and show caves, located in Matlock Bath.
Blue John CavernAt Castleton, the tours are of immense educational interest showing clearly how the caverns are formed in limestone strata.

Fishing and water sports

Ladybower FisheryGood for fishing
Carsington Water For water sports, horse and bike riding.

Walking and Exploring

White PeakThe fields are outlined by dry stone walls and criss-crossed with footpaths.
Dovedale Valley
Manifold Valley
Close-by both valleys provide riverside walks at the foot of towering limestone gorges.
Kinder Scout
Staffordshire Moorlands
In stark contrast these offer more adventurous walking both within an hour of the house.
Peak Walking AdventuresPeak Walking Adventures provide guided walks in the Peak District. They know the best walks in the area. Their friendly, professional guides will 'bring the countryside to life' by sharing with you a wealth of local knowledge'.
Tissington TrailAn old railway track from Ashbourne to Buxton, makes for easy walking.
High Peak TrailThis also joins the Tissington trail and takes you west towards Wirksworth.
Ladybower Dam
Derwent and Howden Dam
If you drive to the north of the Peak District National Park you will enter the Dark Peak, due to the grit stone rock deposits and moor land. Here you will find the 3 dams. Derwent and Howden dams were made famous in 1943 when the RAF 617 Squadron used them to practise their famous Dambuster raid against the Ruhr dams in Germany.


Places to visit on Google Map

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Click on the map numbers for details, opening times and contact details.

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