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
Caudwell Mill machines
The front of Haddon Hall, covered in roses

Country houses, Local History and 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 History

Bolsover CastleWith spectacular views over Derbyshire, the fairy-tale Stuart mansion, Bolsover Castle was designed to entertain and impress.
Caudwell’s MillAn historic roller flour mill powered by water. The present mill was built in 1874 by John Caudwell and run as a family business for over a century.
Cromford MillPart of the UNESCO Derwent Valley mills site. Learn more about the industrial revolution and the impact on society.
Derbyshire Record OfficeThe office holds a vast collection of original documents relating to Derbyshire, including Derbyshire parish records.
Masson Mills textile museumThe museum houses a fascinating collection of authentic historic textile machinery dating from the 18th century and includes daily demonstrations.
Nine Ladies stone circleA small early Bronze Age stone circle traditionally believed to depict nine ladies turned to stone as a penalty for dancing on Sunday.
Lumsdale FallsThe mills and water management features form one of the best examples in the UK of a water-powered industrial archaeological site.
Saint Mary and All Saints ChurchSt Mary and All Saints is the largest parish church in Diocese of Derby and is famous locally and internationally for its crooked spire.
Sherwood Foresters Regimental Memorial (Crich Stand)War memorial. Erected in 1922-23, after the First World War, to the design of Lieutenant Colonel Brewill by Joseph Payne of Crich. Iron railings and gate added in 1929.

Local Market Towns

Ashbourne
Bakewell
Castleton
Hathersage
Eyam
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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Attractions

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.

 

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Attractions, Fishing and Walking

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Attractions

Crich Tramway Museum
Alton Towers
Gulliver’s Kingdom
Uttoxeter Race Course
Heights of Abraham
Blue John Cavern

Fishing and water sports

Ladybower Fishery
Carsington Water

Walking and Exploring

White Peak
Dovedale Valley
Manifold Valley
Kinder Scout
Staffordshire Moorlands
Peak Walking Adventures
Tissington Trail
High Peak Trail
Ladybower Dam
Derwent and Howden Dam

 

Places to visit on Google Map

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