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.
The “Palace of the Peak”, Home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Chatsworth is one of Britain’s best loved historic houses and estates. It offers something for everyone to enjoy, from famous works of art and the spectacular fountains in the garden, to the finest shopping, food and drink, and many miles of free walks. The house, garden, farmyard, gift shops and restaurant are open every day until 23 December. The 1000 acre park and the farmshop and its restaurant are open all year round.
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 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)!
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 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 is a semi-ruined 17th century mansion set high on a wooded hilltop, looking west towards the heights of the Peak District.
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.
Birthplace of the factory system. Sir Richard Arkwright’s Cromford Mill was the world’s first waterpowered cotton spinning mill. The mills at Cromford with their use of machinery power, a large workforce and factory village became models for similar schemes worldwide.
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 is one of the worlds leading theme parks! With a host of rides and attractions spread over 500 acres of countryside, truly a fantastic day out for the whole family. Really clean and well kept, though 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.
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
Since opening to the public in 1780 people have travelled from all over the world to the Heights of Abraham to explore its underground caverns, wander the woodland paths and enjoy the breathtaking views. Since 1984 visitors have arrived using the country’s first ever alpine style cable car system.
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.
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.
Tourist Information Centres in the Peak District, Derbyshire Dales.
|Ashbourne||01335 343666||Bakewell||01629 813227||Belper||01773 880474|
|Buxton||01298 25106||Chesterfield||01246 345777||Derby||01332 255802|
|Matlock||01629 583388||Matlock Bath||01629 55082||Ripley||01773 841488|