Described by Simon Jenkins in 1000 Best houses as "the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages", this remarkable old house is surrounded by terraced Elizabethan gardens. Only a few minutes’ drive from Bakewell town, the house is open to visitors from April to October, with a number of special events being staged throughout the season.
Built by Bess of Hardwick in the 1590s, and unaltered since, Hardwick hall is a magnificent example of Elizabethan architecture and taste. Its six towers make a dramatic skyline and its collection of tapestries makes it one of the most important houses in Britain. National Trust property.
A spectacular Neo-classical mansion, framed by historic parkland, Kedleston Hall is situated north-west of Derby City. 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.
In December 2001, the Derwent Valley Mills in Derbyshire was inscribed on the World Heritage List. The mill sites and workers' towns still survive and provide a unique insight into the way in which the Derwent Valley was once used. There is a small visitors centre attached to Belper Mill and a working textile museum at Masson Mill, Matlock Bath.
The Peak District National Park is perhaps the greatest natural and outdoor resources we have in Britain today! Whether you’re a hardened hiker or fair-weather walker, seriously good cyclist or laid-back biker, the Peak District offers plenty of scope to get active.
Carsington Waters is a Severn Trent Water reservoir in Derbyshire, between Ashbourne and Wirksworth. It has a visitor centre, sailing club, fishing, and cycling and walking trails.
And for something a bit different....
Crich Tramway Village
Trams run every few minutes as visitors ride over the cobbles of our period street, past the original facades of historic buildings from the around the country before heading up the valley to views that will take your breath away.
Gulliver’s Kingdom & Heights of Abraham
With over 65 rides, attractions and shows to see each day Gulliver’s Kingdom is a family-run theme park, for families with children aged between 2 and 13 years of age. The Heights of Abraham is a country park and caves, accessed via a cable car ride!
Take a nostalgic steam ride through the Derbyshire countryside.
Derbyshire Well Dressings. Perhaps once a pagan custom, the art of Well Dressings was adopted by the Christian Church as a way of giving thanks to God for the gift of water. The Well Dressing displays are created using natural materials such as flower petals and leaves. For upcoming dates please visit Well Dressings.com.