Chatsworth is one of Britain’s best loved historic houses and estates, offering something for everyone, from famous works of art and the spectacular fountains in the garden to the finest shopping, food & drink and many miles of free walks.
With more than 40 rides & attractions aimed at children aged 2-13 years, Gulliver's provides the complete family entertainment experience. Fun & adventure with Gully Mouse, Dora the explorer, Diego and The Lost World.
A unique hilltop Park set on top of a dramatic limestone gorge, amid great natural beauty. Journey in a state of the art cable car. Follow a guide underground to our spectacular showcaves. Explore over 60 acres of Wooded hillside.
Derbyshire, DE4 3AT, (3 miles, 4kms), Tel: 01629 761103, www.visitpeakdistrict.com
On the busy A6 road mid-way between Buxton and Derby, once famed for its hydros and spa treatments, Matlock is a bustling commercial centre for the Derbyshire Dales. Matlock is a good base for touring the many local attractions.
Derbyshire, DE4 3NR, (4 miles, 6kms), Tel: 01629 760645, www.visitpeakdistrict.com
Developed as one of the country's first tourist destinations, it retains much of the character and interest that impressed early visitors. 1.5 miles south of the town of Matlock, on the busy A6, Matlock Bath is set in the beautiful gorge.
A lovely stone built estate village on a steep hillside with stunning panoramic views over spectacular scenery. The Thornhill family of Stanton Hall built much of the village for its' estate workers and it is a very attractive place.
Alport is a small, quiet and attractive Derbyshire and Peak District village, situated just off the main road. Named after the portway road which ran through the settlement, the Saxon inhabitants of Alport, added the prefix`al` (old).
One of the prettiest villages in Derbyshire with a 15th Century church. Ashover is home to a couple of ghosts, including the Laughing Cavalier who haunts the Black Swan. It's said that arrows for the Battle of Agincourt were made here!
Situated alongside the A6 between Bakewell and Rowsley, many pass through the village and miss out on some little gems. The original part of the village is centred off the A6, around the church of St Helen's and close to the river Derwent.
Dethick is a small village comprising of a church, a farm and a few other buildings. The village dates back many centuries. The family of Anthony Babington, a keen supporter of Mary Queen of Scots, inherited the estate from the Dethicks.
A very pretty estate village set within Chatsworth Park with some beautiful houses and cottages. Visit Edensor (pronounced Ensor) in high summer with blue skies and flowers in full bloom and you could be on a chocolate box cover!
High up on the limestone plateau, there are some stunning views from this small village. Elton developed around lead mining and agriculture and both are still in evidence. Mining may have gone, but the surrounding area is rich in remnants.
Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3NN, (3 miles, 4kms), Tel: 01629 761252
Eyam Moor is the location for one freestanding and two embanked stone circles.
Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3AP, (3 miles, 4kms), Tel: 01629 761377, Email, www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/leisure-a-culture/parks-a-open-spaces/hall-leys-park-matlock
Hall Leys Park is officially one of the best in the UK after being awarded its fourth consecutive Green Flag Award in July 2011.
Derbyshire, DE4 5GJ, (5 miles, 8kms), Tel: 01773 841485, Email
The village of Lea is situated in picturesque countryside climbing up from the Derwent Valley. Its most famous resident was Florence Nightingale whose family home Lea Hurst is in the village.
Jaggers Lane, Darley Moor, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5LH, (1 miles, 2kms), Tel: 01246 590200, www.matlockfarmpark.co.uk
Set in part of a 600 acre working farm, the Park provides a great day out with varied activities for all the family and offers hours of fun and learning. Meet the animals, try out the Adventure Playground or have a go on the Go-Kart Track.
Stanton Moor, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 2LW, (3 miles, 4kms), Tel: 01629 761252
A small early Bronze Age stone circle of (actually) ten stones. They were traditionally believed to be nine ladies turned to stone as a penalty for dancing on Sunday. Part of a complex of prehistoric circles and standing stones on Stanton M
Darley Road Stonedge, Ashover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S45 0LW, (3 miles, 5kms), Tel: 01246 566142, www.redlionpubandbistro.com
This stone built pub has a beautiful rural setting with wonderful views. The food is mostly sourced locally and is prepared fresh on a daily basis.
Pear Tree Farm Creative Holidays offers creative holidays, short-break residential art courses in a variety of media and Masterclasses in drawing and painting for all abilities, in the beautiful setting of the Lea Valley, near Matlock.