Attractions in Derbyshire and the Peak District area

Derbyshire is a year round destination brimming with picturesque scenery, stately homes, family attractions and beautiful small towns. Whether your taking a romantic escape or treating the family to a British holiday there really is something for everyone within the Derbyshire Peak District area.

The Derbyshire Dales and the Peak District are home to some of the finest Historic Stately Homes.

The Peak District offers visitors a wide range of Stately Homes and places of Historic Interest. From Chatsworth House through to the Buxton Opera House, there is something for all to enjoy, especially when the weather is being a little unforgiving.

Chatsworth House

Dannah Farm is part of the Chatsworth Estate. Chatsworth House itself is a very popular tourist  attraction with an impressive house and large grounds. Currently occupied by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire,  Chatsworth offers something for everyone and offers Art, Walking, Culture, Food and Drink, extensive gardens and fountains, adventure playground, and much more. Most of the facilities are open every day until the 23rd December, so this really is a year round attraction. Well worth a visit.

Haddon Hall

Haddon hall is a fortified medieval manor house dating from the 12th century. Described as “the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages”. The house, situated in the Peak District is open to visitors from April to October, with a number of special events being staged throughout the season.

Calke abbey

Calke Abbey was originally the site of a former Augustinian Monastery. The property was acquired by the National Trust in 1985. Although they have carried out essential repairs the building has been preserved to illustrate the decline of the English country house. The house is surrounded by historic parkland with deer and Portland sheep. The grounds include a recently restored orangery, walled garden, an early 19th century church and pleasure grounds. (Look out for the spectacular bed hangings)!

Kedleston Hall

This magnificent Neo-Classical Georgian house, set within 820 acres of Italian classical landscape, lies just four miles from the centre of Derby. The hall, garden, park and church are open to the public Saturday to Wednesday between April and October each year.

Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall in Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire is one of the most significant Elizabethan country houses in England.The house is surrounded by superb gardens, divided into large walled courtyards.

Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle was originally a Norman Castle, but little of it remains today and the attraction is now more of  a semi-ruined mansion. It sits high on a hilltop overlooking the peak district, and is a beautifully presented and designed building.

Buxton Opera House

Built in 1903 and designed by Frank Matcham one of Britain’s finest theatre architects. An intimate theatre with spectacular decorations. Each summer the Opera House is home to the Buxton Festival, which has developed into one of Britain’s largest opera-based festivals.

Cromford Mill

Powered by the River Derwent, Cromford Mill was unique in that it was the first every hyodro power water mill in the world. This had a large workforce and factory, and the village became models for similar schemes worldwide. If you find architecture and the industrial age of interest, this is well worth a visit.

The North Mill Belper

Strutt’s North Mill, Belper is the forerunner of the modern skyscraper and is part of Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. The historic North Mill on the River Derwent at Belper, Derbyshire, is one of the oldest surviving examples of industrialised water powered cotton spinning mills in the world.

The peak District has much to offer the seasonal visitor, with many Local Attractions.

It’s not all about stunning countryside and beautiful scenery! Hidden amongst the many towns and villages are some of the countries finest attractions and places of interest. From the excitement of Alton Towers to the wonders of the Blue John Mines, you are sure to find something of interest to make your stay at Dannah even more enjoyable.

Alton Towers

Alton Towers is probably the UK’s biggest and most well known theme park. It’s been welcoming visitors since 1860 but wasn’t a theme park until 1980. It’s definitely worth a visit , although it can get very very busy, so to get the most out of your admission fee it is well worth trying to get there early. Wednesdays are normally the quietest day according to our source who used to work there. If you go either side of peak season you’ll also find it a lot quieter, but the park closes earlier and the chances of a few rides being closed are higher.

Gulliver’s Kingdom

Gulliver’s Matlock Bath is nestled in a stunning hillside where much of the magic comes from the amazing scenery and views.You can get away from it all and enter a world of wonder and fantasy, where anything is possible and your imagination is inspired. Especially suitable for younger guests.

Crich Tramway Village

Crich Tramway Village offers a superb family day out in the relaxing atmosphere of a bygone era. Explore the recreated period street with its genuine buildings and features, fascinating exhibitions and most importantly, its trams. Plus shops, tea-rooms, play areas, Red Lion Pub, workshop viewing gallery , woodland walk and sculpture trail. Extremely well done and well worth a visit even if trams are not your thing!

The Heights of Abraham

The Heights of Abraham opening way back in 1780 and visitors have come from all over the world. As attractions go, this one is a bit unique. It has  underground caverns, woodland paths and some amazing views thanks partly to its alpine style cable car system, something normally only seen on ski slopes. If you’re in the area, this is well worth a visit.

Carsington Water

Carsington Water offers a wide range of activities for the whole family, such as bird watching, canoeing, coarse fishing, game fishing, cycling, horse riding, sailing, walking and water skiing. There are numerous shops on site that cater for everybody, selling a wide variety of food, gifts, souvenirs, books, clothing and much more. Carsington is set in a lovely area with wonderful views.

Castleton Caves

The Castleton Caverns comprise of The Blue John Cavern, Treak Cliff Cavern, Speedwell Cavern and the great Peak Cavern.

The most well know of these is probably the Blue John Cavern, but all are worth visiting if you are spending a few days in the area (doing them all in one go would  be a challenge).

Fancy a little retail therapy?

Shopping Centres nearby

Derby and Nottingham with their city centre shopping are our closest large towns with good shopping, particularly in Nottingham, and all the usual department stores. Derby is approx 20 minutes from Dannah Farm, whilst Nottingham takes around 45 minutes. If you are looking for a state of the art Shopping Mall, Meadowhall is a 45 minute drive, whilst the smaller and more intimate McArthur Glen and Peak Village are worth a visit.

Local Towns of the Peak District and Derbyshire

Small interesting market towns abound in this area of Derbyshire. The most famous are arguably Bakewell, Ashbourne and Matlock. Chesterfield is popular for its outdoor market and Matlock Bath for its river walks and ‘seaside feel’. These small local towns offer an interesting alternative to shopping in the large cities, as many of the shops are still family owned and individual.

Factory Shops

This area is quite famous for its factory shopping – John Smedley, Denby Pottery, Masson Mill, De Bradelei and David Nieper to name but a few. Perfect for those who like to take back both something that is a little different and also a bargain!

Tourist Information Centres in the Peak District, Derbyshire  Dales.

Ashbourne 01335 343666 Bakewell 01629 816558 Belper 01773 880474
Buxton 01298 25106 Chesterfield 01246 345777 Derby 01332 643411
Matlock 01629 761103 Matlock Bath 01629 583834 Swadlincote 01283 222848
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