Towns in Derbyshire and the Peak District are wonderful places to explore, full of interesting shops, local cafes, pubs and restaurants. Some of the best-loved towns in Derbyshire and the Peak District include Matlock, Belper and Buxton.
Matlock is a place full of history; once an old spa-town, it has been popular for both residents and tourists since the 1800s when therapeutic hydros (specialist spa hotels where one could ‘take the water’) were built with natural thermic springs. It is also known as a town with rich roots in industrial history, due to the nearby mills in Cromford and the textiles designer John Smedley setting up his factory in the town.
Belper also has a strong sense of industrial heritage as it was in fact, the first Cotton Mill Town, created by the Strutt family in the 1780s. So to walk down it’s cobbled streets is to trace the footsteps of the factory community. Now embellished with independent shops, stylish cafes and Belper’s River Garden, Belper is a great Derbyshire town to visit.
Buxton is another well-loved town in Derbyshire. Best known for its natural springs, this spa town is also impressive as it’s the highest market town in the UK, being over 300m above sea level. Buxton is home to numerous shops, cafes, places to stay, a fantastic show cavern and, of course, the Buxton Opera House.
There are lots of great towns in the Peak District and Derbyshire that are well worth a visit, so get searching below and choose where your next trip will be…
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North Derbyshire's largest market town is perhaps most famous for the distinctive Crooked Spire that dominates its skyline.
Stories abound as to why it twisted, but its unusual shape is thought to have been triggered by green timber covered with...
The highest market town in England; Buxton is deservedly renowned for its Georgian and Victorian architecture - much of it linked with the 5th Duke of Devonshire's ambitions to create a spa town to rival Bath back in the 18th century.
Swadlincote at the heart of The National Forest, home to Sharpe's Pottery Museum and Cornishware is ideally located between the A511 and A444.
With its winding cobbled streets, welcoming Market Place and handsome Tudor and Georgian heritage, picturesque Ashbourne is known as 'The Gateway to Dovedale'.
While there's no doubt that it's the perfect base if you want to explore the spectacular...
Dynamic yet compact, Derby is the ideal destination for a taste of friendly and cosmopolitan city life.
With everything from designer and mainstream shopping and mouth-watering international cuisine to live entertainment and real ale pubs, it's a...
Perhaps best known for its unique and delicious Pudding, Bakewell has many more tempting treats to offer - ranging from shopping and specialist markets to relaxing strolls and special events.
Idyllically situated on the banks of the river Wye, the...
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...
Birthplace of the world's ground-breaking 'skyscraper technology, Belper has a rich industrial history and lies at the heart of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.
Industrial pioneer Jedediah Strutt built one of the world's first...
Known as the 'Queen of the Staffordshire Moorlands', Leek is a former textile town with a long and fascinating history.
Clustered around a stone-cobbled market square, its well-preserved architecture and historical links with the Napoleonic Wars...
Overall Winner of the Heart of England in Bloom competition, from Spring right through to Autumn Biddulph is awash with colour. Flower beds, troughs and baskets line the streets making this an extremely pretty town.
Dronfield is a rapidly expanding and progressive township midway between Sheffield and Chesterfield. It stands amidst hills and moorlands, and is within easy reach of the High Peak.
Known as the 'Gateway to the Goyt Valley', Whaley Bridge, boasts a tranquil location at the head of the scenic Peak Forest Canal.
Centred around a conservation area and the Grade II* listed Transhipment Warehouse, once a key transfer station for...
Discover Cheadle, home to 'Pugin's Gem', one of Britain's finest churches and gateway to the beautiful Churnet Valley steeped in industrial heritage. Visit the restored Victorian market hall or follow the art trail of unusual sculptures.
Macclesfield found fame and wealth as a silk manufacturing town - and you can trace the threads of its rich industrial heritage at the Silk Museum and Heritage Centre.
These days the busy Cheshire market town, situated on the western fringe of the...
Chapel-en-le-Frith originated from a small chapel, built in 1225 by the keepers of the Royal Forest, and is the historic Capital of the Peak. Today, the town of Chapel-en-le-Frith is a small rural town with a historic core.
Poynton is a prosperous small town with 16,000 inhabitants, surrounded by 'green belt' to preserve the countryside. Close by is Lyme Park and the Macclesfield Canal with its marina at Higher Poynton.
The town of New Mills is in an area of spectacular natural beauty standing above a natural rocky gorge known as The Torrs where the River Sett joins the River Goyt. The Torrs is now a park. New Mills is home to Swizzels Matlow sweet company
Disley is a pleasant village, situated on the immediate boundary of Derbyshire. Just outside the village is Lyme Hall, owned by the Leigh family from 14th century until 1946, surrounded by 17 acres of Victorian gardens.
Congleton is a town and civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the county of Cheshire in England. It lies on the banks of the River Dane, to the west of the Macclesfield Canal and 21 miles south of Manchester.
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