Once famed for its hydro and spa treatments, Matlock's central location, scenic surroundings and public transport links make it a popular base for exploring the best of the Peak District and Derbyshire.
Pioneering industrialist John Smedley developed the attractive market town as a fashionable spa in the 19th century, and his legacy lives on in buildings such as Smedley's Hydro (now the offices of Derbyshire County Council) and Gothic-style Riber Castle.
His name is also familiar to customers of world-renowned knitwear manufacturers John Smedley at Lea Bridge, who export high quality menswear and womenswear across the globe.
Crown Square and the river Derwent lie at the heart of Matlock, and the gateway to award-winning Hall Leys Park with its boating lake, riverside walks, tennis courts and skateboard park. Hall Leys is the first of five beautifully-restored public parks stretching along the Derwent to Matlock Bath - a scenic option for a leisurely stroll.
Small, independent shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants cluster around Crown Square and along the A6, while a rail link to Derby and bus services to Derby, Manchester and other towns and villages in the area are a boon for visitors wanting to explore further afield.
For a trip back in time, hop on a steam or diesel train operated by Peak Rail from Matlock to Rowsley, or head for nearby Crich Tramway Village and pay an old penny to ride on a vintage tram.
Enjoy a relaxing swim or fitness workout at state-of-the-art Arc Leisure, or head for the Heights of Abraham and take a cable car ride between spectacular limestone cliffs and wooded slopes for panoramic views of the Derwent Valley.
Experience the magic of Matlock Bath Illuminations, admired by Princess (later Queen) Victoria along the Derwent in September and October, or discover more about the world's first factory system at Cromford Mills, part of the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site.
Booking & Payment Details
- Cash Point
- Accepts groups
- Coach parties accepted
- Dogs accepted
- Gift shop
- Public toilets
- Telephone (public)
- Children welcome
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Parking with charge
Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities
- Grounds for outdoor activities
- Facilities for groups
- Disabled access
Map & Directions
Matlock is situated in Derbyshire, on the edge of the Peak District National Park just off the A6 it lies about 20 miles north of Derby and 10 miles south west of Chesterfield.
Public Transport Directions
Matlock station is 0 miles away.