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From rugged moorland to rolling hills and dales, the Derbyshire Peak District has some of the country's finest scenery, just waiting to be explored. Britain's first National Park may be our biggest free attraction, but there are plenty of other exciting things to do and places to visit.

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Meadowhall is an indoor shopping centre in Sheffield, Shop the latest high street and designer fashions. With over 280 stores an oasis dining quarter with many first class restaurants and fast food outlets. It also has a Cinema.


Crich Tramway Museum

The National Tramway Museum at Crich, in Derbyshire features a period village containing a pub, cafe, old-style sweetshop, including the tram depots. Take an amazing trip back in time.


Tropical Butterfly House Wildlife & Falconry

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.


Gulliver's Kingdom

For a fantastic day out visit Gulliver's Kingdom in Matlock Bath, specially designed for children aged between 2 and 13 – great family entertainment – includes a theme park, Spy Zone and Nerf zone. Ask at reception for discounted tickets and great special offers.


Poole's Cavern

Poole's Cavern or Poole's Hole is a 2 million year old, natural limestone cave on the edge of Buxton in the Peak District. Take a journey beneath the earth with our expert guides and see how crystal stalactites have lined the chambers. Stroll through beautiful woodland trails to a panoramic Peak District viewpoint.


Carsington Water

Carsington Water is located between Matlock and Ashbourne and provides a great family day out with cycle trails, picnic area and an adventure playground. You can also take to the water and go sailing, windsurfing, kayaking or fishing.


Alton Towers

There is something for all thrill seekers and families, with tons of terrific rides, blockbusting attractions, amazing live shows, and weird and wonderful costume characters. Ask at reception about our discounted tickets and special offers.


McArthur Glen Mansfield

East Midlands very own Designer Outlet with over 60 top designer and high street brands all with up to 60% off.


Chatsworth House

The world famous and spectacular Chatsworth House is a must see attraction when visiting the Peak District. There is always something new to see and do in the house, garden, farmyard and adventure playground. Experience a taste of Chatsworth in the shops, restaurants and award winning farm shop, or explore the beautiful 1000 acre park. Ask at reception about our discounted tickets and special offers.


Matlock Meadows Ice Cream Parlour

Matlock Meadows Ice Cream Parlour is located on Masson Farm overlooking the historic spa town of Matlock. Our real dairy ice cream is hand made on the farm using fresh milk from the farms dairy herd. We also serve delicious home made food in our cafe and encourage families to get to know our animals.


Blue John Cavern

The Blue John Cavern in the Peak District is a series of caverns considered to be the finest range in Great Britain. Blue John is Britain's rarest mineral first discovered at Castleton by the Romans almost 2000 years ago and are the worlds only known deposits of this extremely rare and beautiful stone. Our Cavern tours are of immense educational interest and we also have a craft shop with a wide variety of Blue John Jewellery.


Cromford Canal and Arkwight Mills

Sir Richard Arkwright’s Cromford Mills and the Cromford Canal were at the heart of the industrial revolution. The canal provides a pleasant walk or canal boat ride whilst at the mills you can explore the heritage of the site as well as visit numerous shops and attractions.


Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

We operate passenger services on the line between Wirksworth and Duffield mainly using heritage diesel railcars, and on selected days steam hauled services. The Ecclesbourne Valley is one of Derbyshire’s most lovely and unspoilt valleys, stretching from the northern outskirts of Derby, at Duffield, to Wirksworth, an ancient market town known as the Gem of the Peak.


Eyam Plague Museum

In 1665 a tailor ordered a bale of cloth from London to make up into clothes for the villagers, unwittingly triggering a chain of events that led to 260 Eyam villagers dying from bubonic plague – more than double the mortality rate of London. Between the first death and the last, the villagers set an extraordinary and enduring example of self-sacrifice by sealing off the village from the surrounding areas to prevent the disease spreading.


Go Ape!

Go Ape’s the UK’s number one forest adventure. Days out with us are about living life a little more adventurously, having fun with friends and family and getting in touch with your inner Tarzan (he’s in there, we promise!). The classic Go Ape experience is our 2 – 3 hour Tree Top Adventure. We’ll brief you for safety before you fly down our zip-wires, leap off our Tarzan Swing and tackle our crossings. Located at the Country Park (SK17 9DH). Ask at reception about a guest discount.


Heights of Abraham

In 1984 Britain's first alpine style cable car transport system was installed. Rising from the valley floor, the observation cars transport you in comfort and safety and allow stunning views of the Derwent Valley and surrounding Peak District. At the Heights of Abraham you can explore limestone caverns, adventure playgrounds and enjoy spectacular views. There is also a restaurant, visit information and shop. Ask at reception about specials offers and our great value discounted tickets!


Manifold Craft Barn

Here at Manifold Craft Barn the joys of craft making can be experienced within The Peak District! We aim to excite and stimulate our visitors with an inspirational list of craft activities to try.


National Stone Centre

Set within six disused limestone quarries in the heart of the Derbyshire and close to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, The NSC is a 50 acre site of Special Geological Scientific Interest offering a wealth of outdoor and indoor activities for all the family including;

•    Outdoor fossil trail around the quarries & Millenium Wall
•    Visitor Centre with shop, café and “Building Britain” Exhibition
•    Activities for children including gem panning.


Peak District Lead Mining Museum

Galena, lead ore, has been mined in the Peak District since before Roman times. Until the 20th century many families in the area earned a basic living from this mineral. Discover more about this industry and how it shaped the landscape, at the Peak District Lead Mining Museum and experience underground conditions at the authentic 1920s Temple Mine.


Peak Rail

Peak Rail welcomes you to journey back to a bygone age and experience the thrill of steam and diesel on our preserved railway, operating between Rowsley South and Matlock Platform 2 for a distance of 4 miles and open to the public throughout the year.


Steeple Grange Light Railway

The Steeple Grange Light Railway is an 18-inch gauge line near Wirksworth. Motive power is provided by ex-industrial diesel, battery-electric and petrol locomotives and passengers are carried in an old National Coal Board manrider. You can enjoy a unique twenty minute train ride through dramatic limestone scenery; hear about why and how the railway was built and discover fossils and wild flowers.


Bolsover Castle

There's a fairytale quality to Bolsover Castle that makes it a firm favourite with anyone looking for a great value day out in the East Midlands. Highlights include the sumptuously painted walls and ceilings of the Little Castle, intricately carved fireplaces and the magnificent indoor Riding House. Enter the wonderful world of Sir William Cavendish for spectacular castle rooms, cavalier capers and horsing around as Bolsover Castle takes you back to the 1630's like never before!


Crooked Spire

St Mary and All Saints, the Crooked Spire Church, was built in the late 13th Century and finished around 1360. It’s the largest church in Derbyshire. The Spire stands 228 feet from the ground and leans 9 feet 5 inches from its true centre. Daily tours of the Tower to the base of the 'Crooked Spire' take place Monday to Saturday from Easter to Christmas (weather and staff permitting).


Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall has welcomed visitors for hundreds of years and its beauty and atmosphere never fails to enchant. Described by Simon Jenkins as “the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages”. Parts of the house date from the 12th Century, sitting like a jewel in its Elizabethan terraced gardens and overlooking the River Wye. Film-makers flock to Haddon Hall to use it as a location.


Lea Gardens

Lea Gardens is a Rhododendron Garden just outside the village of Lea, close to Matlock in Derbyshire. The Garden covers approximately three and a half acres, and is situated within a woodland area, with access paths which allow visitors to see the 500 or more varieties of rhododendrons, azaleas and other plants. The Garden is open to the public for viewing and plant sales, and we also have a very popular Teashop.


Matlock Golf Club

With every hole different and the Bentley Brook meandering through the course to add further interest, Matlock is a regular choice for county and inter-county fixtures. The new Driving Range, with its custom fitting facility, makes Matlock Golf Club a centre of golfing excellence. Ask at reception for our special Green Fee offers.


Peak Shopping Village

At Peak Shopping Village national named retailers such as Pavers Shoes, Cotton Traders and Field and Trek mingle with stores such as Authentic Furniture, The Wool Room and The Gift Company. Enjoy great value and choice in fashion and accessories, home ware and gifts, outdoor clothing and equipment and much more. A visit to Peak Shopping Village is a perfect day out if you are looking for a unique and relaxed shopping experience in the stunning countryside of Derbyshire.


Tissington Hall

Tissington Hall was built in 1609 by Francis FitzHerbert to replace the moated fortification that guarded the Norman Church that straddles the hill in the centre of the village. For over 400 years now the Hall has presided over the picturesque Estate Village at the south of the Peak District. In 2009 the present incumbent, Sir Richard FitzHerbert, has celebrated the 400 years that the Hall has been built with lectures, guided walks and several visitor days when the listed building is open to the public.


Masson Mill Shopping Outlet

Masson Mills Shopping Village really is a unique shopping experience with sixty different retail concepts set over five floors, all under one roof. It is 'city centre shopping without the city' The shopping village adjoins Masson Mills Working Textile Museum.


John Smedley Mill Shop

John Smedley produces luxury clothing for men and women and it is produced at the original mill in Lea, Derbyshire. The Mill shop located at Lea mills offers a range of clothing at discounted prices.


Hardwick Hall and Gardens

It was the formidable Bess of Hardwick who first created Hardwick in the late 1500s, but it was Robert Symthson who designed this magnificent house. The new Hall was designed deliberately to symbolise Bess' wealth and status and pushed the boundaries of architectural design. Hardwick offers visitors a year round experience,  including the picturesque parkland walks and plenty of family friendly activities.


Peveril Castle

The imposing ruins of Peveril Castle stand high above the pretty village of Castleton in the heart of Derbyshire’s Peak District.  Mentioned in the Domesday survey, Peveril Castle is one of England’s earliest Norman fortresses. The keep was built by Henry II in 1176. A climb to the castle at the top of the hill to enjoy the breathtaking views over the Hope Valley is a highlight of a family day out in Castleton. Explore the remains of the keep including the garderobe (medieval lavatory)!


Tutbury Castle

Situated in the heart of England, Tutbury Castle sits on wooded slopes overlooking the winding River Dove, with spectacular views across the plain of the Dove to the beautiful Derbyshire hills. Its commanding view and natural defensive position makes this an obvious site for a castle.


Sudbury Hall Museum of Children

The Museum of Childhood is a delight for all ages with something for everyone. Watch your children discovering something new, or relive nostalgic memories by exploring the childhoods of times gone by, make stories, play with toys and share your childhood with others. You can be a chimney sweep, a scullion or a Victorian pupil, and be captivated by our archive film and interactive displays.


High Peak Trail

The High Peak Trail is a 17-mile (27 km) trail for walkers, cyclists and horse riders running from Dowlow near Buxton to Cromford. Middleton Top cycle hire centre enjoys a great location on the High Peak Trail with plenty of lanes and bridleway options. There are a range of adult and children's bikes to hire, plus tandems and towing buggies. Child seats and helmets free. There is a basic indoor snack bar serving hot and cold refreshments.


Ladybower and Derwent Reservoir

The narrow, wooded valleys containing three scenic reservoirs in the Upper Derwent Valley provide great cycling, both easy-going around the water's edge or more challenging mountain bike routes and the cycle hire centre (hiring bikes for adults and children) at Fairholmes visitor centre makes the perfect base. Ask Reception about our guest discount.


Tissington Trail from Ashbourne

The Tissington Trail is the former Ashbourne to Buxton railway line. It is relatively flat and well surfaced with no road crossings and has great views over the White Peak. The handsome market town of Ashbourne provides the southern gateway to the Peak District and is handily placed at the beginning of the Tissington Trail, but it's also useful for exploring other cycling routes in the southern Peak. Ask reception about our guest discount.


Parsley Hay cycle centre

Parsley Hay is a remote and scenic location eight miles south of Buxton that sits at the junction of the High Peak and Tissington Trails, so it's an excellent base from which to explore the central cycling routes of the Peak District. A variety of bikes are available to hire and there is a well stocked kiosk. Ask reception about our guest discount.


Monsal Trail from Hassop

Located on the Monsal Trail less than a mile from Bakewell, the former Hassop railway station is now a great base from where to explore the limestone dales of the White Peak and the Derwent Valley by bike. There is a well-stocked cycle hire, a fully licensed family friendly cafe serving snacks and meals and an indoor and outdoor seating area.  


Manifold Valley Cycle Track

This track provides a great cycle ride through the lower Manifold Valley, along the former route of the Leek and Manifold Light Railway in Staffordshire’s White Peak area.  Look out for the impressive Thor’s Cave and interesting rock formations along the way and relax in the peaceful setting of Wetton Mill tea-room. Choose from a range of adult and childrens bikes.


Cromford Canal and Black Rocks

A walk that explores parts of Derbyshire's Industrial Heritage whilst also giving stunning and wide-ranging views that include Crich Stand, Black Rocks, Carsington Reservoir and the Derwent Valley.

Length: 6.8 miles / 11 km
Ascent: 1300 feet / 394 metres
Grade: easy/moderate
Start: OS SK314560 - Postcode DE4 5AA
Route: Thanks to Walking Britain


Chatsworth Park

This walk takes in some of the highlights of the Chatsworth Estate and also provides an opportunity to visit this great Stately home.

Length: 6.5 miles / 10.6 km
Ascent: 750 feet / 227 metres
Grade: easy/moderate
Start: OS SK258685 / Postcode DE4 2NX
Route: Thanks to Walking Britain


Cocking Tor (Ashover)

This Derbyshire walk is full of varied scenery, some of it spectacular, and covers some of the less well-known hills and valleys of the Derbyshire Dales. It also takes in some very interesting industrial archaeological remains in Lumsdale.

Length: 9.5 miles / 15.4 km
Ascent:1800 feet / 545 metres
Grade: moderate
Start: OS SK296594 / Postcode DE4 3PR
Route: Thanks to Walking Britain


Curbar, Baslow & Froggatt

The Gritstone Edges of the Peak District provide wonderful high level promenades from which to enjoy the view below. This route connects three such edges; Baslow, Curbar & Froggatt.

Length: 7.5 miles /12.2 km
Ascent: 890 feet / 270 metres
Grade: easy/moderate
Start: OS SK255777 - Postcode S32 2HX
Route: Thanks to Walking Britain



This walk starts from the village of Ilam and takes a high level route along the western rim of Dovedale to Ilam Rock. The route then descends into Dovedale and follows this well known river downstream.

Length: 4.5 miles / 7.3 km
Ascent: 1300 feet / 394 metres
Grade: easy/moderate
Start: OS SK135508 - Postcode DE6 2AZ
Route: Thanks to walking britain


Lathkill Dale

This is a short and popular walk that includes some of the highlights of the stunning Lathkill Dale and starts from the small village of Monyash. A longer version of this route can be found in walk 146.

Length: 4 miles / 6.5 km
Ascent: 300 feet / 91 metres
Grade: easy/moderate
Start: OS SK149666 - Postcode DE45 1JJ
Route: Thanks to Walking Britain


Tideswell & Cressbrook Dale

This easy walk visits the three dales south of the charming village of Litton. There is always something of interest in these limestone dales, Trout in the rivers, Orchids in July and climbers on the crags throughout the year.

Length: 7 miles / 11.4 km
Ascent: 1200 feet / 364 metres
Grade: easy/moderate
Start: OS SK165751 - Postcode SK17 8QP
Route: Thanks to Walking Britain


Manifold Valley and Wetton Hill

The Manifold Valley and Wetton Hill provide the basis for an excellent walk in the Peak District. Varied scenery along and above the Manifold Valley in Staffordshire more than compensates for the amount of uphill walking in the route.

Length: 6.5 miles / 10.6 km
Ascent: 1290 feet / 391 metres
Grade: easy/moderate
Start: OS SK108553 - Postcode DE6 2AF
Route: Thanks to walking britain


Mam Tor & Cave Dale

Hollins Cross, Mam Tor and Cavedale are highlights of this Peak District walk from Castleton. The walk includes both Dark and White Peak scenery and generally follows well marked footpaths.

Length: 6.5 miles / 10.6 km
Ascent: 1320 feet / 400 metres
Grade: moderate
Start: OS  SK148829 - Postcode S33 8WN
Route: Thanks to Walking Britain


Monsal Trail

A gentle stroll along the Monsal Trail in the Peak District enjoying some of the hill pastures of the area. An idyllic hour or so escape from the crowds in Bakewell with beautiful views over the town and countryside.

Length: 3.5 miles / 5.7 km
Ascent: 300 feet / 91 metres
Grade: easy/moderate
Start: OS  SK223689- Postcode DE45 1GE
Route: Thanks to walking britain


Robin Hood's Stride & Stanton

A walk full of variety starting from the Peak District village of Winster. The route continue to Stanton Moor, before reaching Birchover from where the walk visits Rowtor Rocks and Robin Hood's Stride.

Length: 7 miles / 11.4 km
Ascent: 1320 feet / 400 metres
Grade: easy/moderate
Start: OS SK241605 - Postcode DE4 2HJ
Route: Thanks to Walking Britain


Brassington and Carsington

This Derbyshire walk includes the villages of Brassington and Carsington and a climb to the summit of Harboro Rocks. The route uses sections of the High Peak Trail and the Limestone Way.

Length: 5.8 miles / 9.3 km
Ascent: 900 feet / 273 metres
Grade: easy/moderate
Start: OS  SK230543 - Postcode DE4 4NT
Route: Thanks to Walking Britain


Clay Shooting

Have a go at Clay Shooting whilst you are on holiday. Individual and group bookings available. All equipment and coaching is provided.  Pre booking is essential. Telephone 01629 582859.


Outdoor Adventure

Experience a range of outdoor activities from climbing, caving to orienteering. Groups and individuals catered for.


Longacre Fishery

Longacre Fishery is set in a picturesque environment with stunning views across the Derwent Valley and provides an excellent habitat for coarse fish. It is well stocked presenting anglers with an opportunity to catch double figure carp. A wide selection of other fish, including Golden Tench present an exciting challenge to the seasoned angler, pleasure fisherman and novice. Secure parking is provided within the complex and adjacent to the pool.


Blackwell Mill Cycle Hire

Cycle the magnificent Monsal Trail from Blackwell Mill, Wyedale, near Buxton. Enjoy 8.5 miles of traffic free cycling to Bakewell. Open 7 days a week (March to October). A variety of cycles available to hire.


Renishaw Hall and Gardens

Whether you are a first time or seasoned visitor, Renishaw Hall is a truly beautiful place to visit. Renishaw has been in my family for nearly 400 years and generations of Sitwells have made their mark on the architecture, gardens and wider estate which comprise Renishaw and so much of what you see on your visit.


Wild Park

Wild Park Derbyshire is the Midlands’ premier paintball, laser tag and quad bike trekking centre. There goal is to exceed your expectations and to give you an awesome experience you will want to repeat again and again. Whether you are a first timer or a frequent visitor you will find all your needs fulfilled in a professional, courteous and above all safe environment.


Denby Pottery Visitor Centre

We've been making our famous Denby Stoneware in the heart of Derbyshire for over 200 years. Discover a delightful selection of shops clustered around our courtyard, including the Home, Garden, Cookery and Gift Shops and of course our flagship Denby Factory Shop with savings of up to 60% off rrp.


Kedleston Hall

Take a trip back in time to the 1760s at this spectacular Neo-classical mansion framed by historic parkland. Designed for lavish entertaining and displaying an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and original furnishings, Kedleston is a stunning example of the work of architect Robert Adam. The Curzon family have lived here since the 12th-century and continue to live at the Hall.


Magna Science Adventure Centre

Magna is a fantastic day out for all ages. The Science Adventure Centre is packed with interactive exhibits and fascinating displays to help you explore the wonders of science and the laws of nature,  with over one hundred hands-on exhibits designed to help you explore the four elements – Air, Water, Earth and Fire.


Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Come into the world of the animals at Yorkshire Wildlife Park. There's family fun all day long with our walkthrough safari animal areas, a full programme of ranger talks and feeding time, indoor and outdoor play areas, cafes and shops in the new Safari Village. Don't miss our beautiful pride of lions that you helped rescue from a zoo in Romania, who now live in Lion Country. Don't Forget our latest arrival - Victor the Polar Bear.


Rapid Horizons

Jump aboard for a truly unique experience! The River Derwent travels 66 miles originating in Bleaklow in the heart of the Peak District flowing through to Shadlow Nottingham where it exits into the River Trent. The section you will raft covers 4.5 miles of Derwent water between Darley Dale and Matlock Bath, we have spit this section of river into two parts, the upper and lower.


Peak Wildlife Park

Get up-close and personal with four brand new animal walk-throughs. Inspire your kids and let them come face to face with lemurs, penguins, wallabies and more! Experience the animals' unique habitats from within and take a walk on the wild side. 


Heage Windmill

Visitors are taken on a guided tour around the windmill. During your tour you will discover the history of Heage Windmill, how the miller controls the mill, how stoneground flour is traditionally milled along with many anecdotes about the life of a miller.


Matlock Golf Club

Established in 1906 on the undulating moorland above the town of Matlock, the eastern gateway to the Peak District National Park, our Club offers a challenging 18-hole par 70 course of just over 5,800 yards (yellow tees) with spectacular views across the Derwent Valley and unrivalled practice facilities, including a 10 bay covered and floodlit driving range. Just a few miles from Darwin Forest Country Park, our guests can benefit from competitive rates. Please ask Reception.


See world famous stately homes like Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall, ride a cable car at the Heights of Abraham and enjoy the breath-taking views, or take a subterranean journey in a limestone cavern. The area also boasts theme parks including Alton Towers and Gulliver's Kingdom, which has some of the best thrill rides in the country.

With miles of picturesque footpaths to explore, you can take in some of Britain’s most stunning scenery as well as the abundance of walks that surround the park. With hiking trails, paths and dramatic grit stone edges to follow, you just need to decide if it's a gentle stroll or challenging hike you are looking for.

Cycling is one of the most pleasant ways to enjoy the Peak District with 65 miles of off road cycling trails and an abundance of scenic quiet lanes. We have cycles for hire at Darwin Forest for a small charge. For experienced mountain bikers looking for a new challenge, the area has plenty of mountain bike trails waiting to be conquered.

The Peak District also has some of the most challenging rock climbing routes in Europe including Stanage Edge and the Roaches. You may also want to take to the water with fishing, sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing and kayaking available on the rivers and reservoirs in the area.

For more information visit www.visitpeakdistrict.com

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