One of the UK's top holiday parks, Darwin Forest Country Park is set in the heart of the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District and provides luxury self-catering holiday accommodation, perfect for visiting scenic countryside, stately homes including Chatsworth House, picturesque villages, theme parks and a wide range of local attractions.
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5-Star Darwin Forest Country Park is set in 47 acres of mixed woodland between Matlock and Bakewell – right in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District. Having won a VisitEngland Award for Excellence in 2012, Darwin Forest is one of the top three holiday parks in the country.
With a wide range of superb facilities to help you and your family experience a great holiday with the freedom to do as much or as little as you like… at Darwin Forest you set the pace. Here we have created for you the perfect setting to relax, enjoy your holiday and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Getting to Darwin Forest
From the M1: Leave the M1 at jcn 29, taking the A617 to Chesterfield, then follow signs for the A632 to Matlock. Continue for about 3 miles then turn right onto the B5057 to Darley Dale.
After 3 miles you will see a sign for the Derbyshire Dales, Darwin Forest is on the right-hand side 100 yards further on...
Heights of Abraham is a major tourist attraction in Matlock Bath. It consists of a hilltop park on top of Masson Hill, accessed by a Gondola cable car from the village.heightsofabraham.com
Gulliver's Kingdom in Matlock Bath, specially designed for children aged between 2 and 13 – great family fun – includes a theme park, Spy Zone and Nerf zone.gulliversfun.co.uk
A Conservation and Wildlife Park, is set in 50 acres of landscaped grounds and is home, to a unique collection of birds and animals. You can see some of Europe's largest gathering of otters, 16 species of owls and other indigenous wildlife all in their natural surroundings including, buzzards, pine martens, polecats, foxes, Scottish wildcats and deer.chestnutcentre.co.uk
The National Tramway Museum, in the period Crich Tramway Village, containing a pub, cafe, old-style sweetshop and the tram depots.tramway.co.uk
Featuring a tree to tree zip wire (one of the only ones in the country!) A great place to escape and enjoy epic outdoor adventure activities in the forest.goape.co.uk
Poole's Cavern is a 2 million year old, limestone cave. Take a journey underground with expert guides and see how crystal stalactites have lined the chambers.poolescavern.co.uk
A reservoir that has everything you need for a great day out, with sailing, cycling, kayaking or fishing.
Perfect for picnics and also has a visitor centre, sailing club and café.carsingtonwater.com
There is something for everyone, with tons of terrific rides, blockbusting attractions, amazing live shows, and weird and wonderful costume characters.altontowers.com
Meadowhall is an indoor shopping centre with over 280 stores, an oasis dining quarter with many first class restaurants, fast food outlets and cinema.meadowhall.co.uk
Designer Outlet with over 60 top designer and high street brands all with up to 60% off.mcarthurglen.com
Wander among free-flying tropical butterflies, exotic birds and Egyptian fruit bats in a rainforest setting of lush vegetation and tropical temperatures from across the globe. Meet rung-tailed Lemur's Birds of prey and so much more.butterflyhouse.co.uk
Explore Chatsworth House, garden, farmyard and adventure playground. Experience a taste of Chatsworth in the shops, restaurants and farm shop.chatsworth.org
Matlock has good facilities for shopping, leisure and recreation. Hall Leys Park is a famously well loved public space featuring a range of family friendly activities.matlock.org.uk
Set on the banks of the Wye, with the river meandering gently through the centre, this is a beautiful old market town.bakewellonline.co.uk
One of Derbyshire's finest and oldest market towns, with historic buildings and medieval streets.
Antique lovers will find a wealth of shops, a walk down Church Street takes you past many antique dealers, selling a vast range of items including jewellery, fine arts, old pine and period furniture.
The market still takes place every Thursday and Saturday throughout the year.visitashbourne.co.uk
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Great time ....26 November 2013
From checking in to checking out, everything ran smoothly. Friendly reception staff. Found the lodge exceptionally clean and the hot... Read Full Review
Kirsty0b, Halifax, United Kingdom
Already planning the next visit!8 December 2013
A colleague recommended this place after he had visited several times and loved it. My partner and I booked a lodge with the sauna... Read Full Review
Eleanor C, Senior Reviewer
Absolutely lovely26 January 2014
As a last minute plan, my mother and I decided to take a trip here for the weekend, and I am so glad we did - It was delightful. We... Read Full Review
Rachel K, Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Total Quality18 November 2013
Have to echo other reviewers comments about Darwin Forest. The lodges are exceptional and the cleaning standards would put some... Read Full Review