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    Welcome to Matlock & Matlock Bath

    Two of the most popular places to visit in Derbyshire, occupying a beautiful position in a limestone valley.

    Things to do in Matlock & Matlock Bath in the Peak District & Derbyshire

    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 nearby 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.

    There's also a great choice of accommodation in Matlock and Matlock Bath, ranging from hotels to holiday cottages, camping to glamping, Bed & Breakfasts and more.

    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.

    Nearby villages:

    Matlock Bath

    1.5 miles south of Matlock, Matlock Bath was developed as one of the country's first tourist destinations and is sometimes referred to as 'the seaside town without the sea'. Known for its colourful buildings set alongside the River Derwent, it's been a popular tourist destination since the late 17th century when spa waters were discovered here. Its' heyday was in Victorian, times when it became known as "Little Switzerland" by the poet, Lord Byron.

    A popular destination for families, bikers and fun seekers, there are plenty of things to do and see. There is wide a variety of accommodation available for overnight stays and with good transport links it is a popular destination for a day trip. The Matlock Bath Illuminations are a popular feature from September to the end of October, when the riverside is decorated and the cliffs floodlit to create a magical scene of colour. At weekends there are parades of decorated boats, entertainments and, on certain dates, firework displays.

    The Riverside Gardens and Lovers Walks along Giddy Edge offer gentle strolls away from the crowds, and nearby High Tor affords spectacular views from its lofty summit.

    In The Area


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    Matlock Farm Park

    Come on down to Matlock farm Park, the ideal place for families to visit to enjoy the fresh air and have fun with our friendly animals.

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    Landal Darwin Forest

    Landal Darwin Forest is an award winning 5 star lodge holiday park which is set in 47 acres of stunning woodland. The luxury lodges are perfect for…

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    Peak Village

    Peak Village is nestled in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside in the picturesque village of Rowsley, just a stone’s throw from Chatsworth House…

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    Heights of Abraham

    Take a cable car flight to the Heights of Abraham 60-acre hilltop park, with cavern tours, exhibitions, adventure play and much more.

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    Hoe Grange Holidays

    4 award winning log cabins set on a working farm with stunning views of the White Peak countryside. Unwind in the hot tub or log-fired sauna. Dogs…

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    Matlock Farm Park Riding School

    Enjoy horse riding in the beautiful surroundings of Matlock Farm Park, with views over to Riber Castle.

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    Hoe Grange Gorgeous Glamping Pods and Gypsy…

    Go glamping in style with stunning views of the Peak District countryside from your pillow. Spacious ensuite shower and every luxury you need for a…

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    Cromford Mills

    Explore the history of Cromford Mills and discover the captivating story of how the Derwent Valley changed the world in the 18th Century with the…

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    Gulliver’s Kingdom Resort – Themed Accommodation

    Gulliver’s Kingdom Resort is home to a fabulous selection of self-contained family accommodation. You’ll be staying just steps away from Gulliver’s…

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    The Peacock at Rowsley

    A cosy, chic hotel in the heart of the Peak District and very close to Haddon Hall and Chatsworth House. Situated between Matlock and Bakewell, each…

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    The Sycamores Nutrition & Retreat

    Set in the Derbyshire Dales on the edge of the Peak District; our spacious B&B is a peaceful retreat serving delicious and healthy seasonal breakfasts

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    Croft Farm Holiday Cottages

    Three high quality barn conversions set around a peaceful courtyard setting in the southern Peak District. Two barns are set on a single level with…

    Our Great Itineraries

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    Car-free guide: 48 hours in the Derwent Valley

    Connecting charming towns and villages with an amazing industrial past, the Derwent Valley Line runs from Derby to Matlock.

    Events in Matlock & Matlock Bath

    Bonsall Carnival


    Bonsall Carnival

    One of Derbyshire's best-loved celebrations, with a week of events, entertainment and family fun.

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    Love is in the Air at The Heights of Abraham

    Enjoy Romantic Poetry, stunning scenery and delightful dining: look out for the Queen of Hearts too!

    Villages nearby

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