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.
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.
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)!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wollaton Hall and Deer Park is a spectacular Elizabethan mansion and park set in the heart of Nottingham. The Hall was built between 1580 and 1588. Today The house itself is a natural history museum, with other museums in the out-buildings. The surrounding land is regularly used for large scale outdoor events such as rock concerts and festivals.