In the heart of England lies Derbyshire, which is home to the Peak District National Park and some of the Pennines. Holidays here offer something for everyone including countryside retreats, city breaks and quaint village exploration. Popular with young families, couples and the elderly, there’s always something going on here - and being in the Midlands makes it super easy to get to.
Holiday accommodation in Derbyshire is just as impressive too. From luxury self-catered cottages ideal for group getaways to pet-friendly holiday cottages for a rural retreat, you’re sure to find something for your budget and requirements. There’s even modern pads and stone-built cottages to choose from. Many come with a few luxuries as well like hot tubs, games rooms and incredible countryside views.
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Whatever you’re searching for in a holiday, these Derbyshire locations are sure to impress.
Best for: Tasting the local goods
You can’t come to Bakewell and not taste one of the famous Bakewell puddings. But that’s not the only reason to visit this quaint market town. Sitting on the banks of the River Wye, it’s the biggest town in the Peak District and offers lots of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops. It’s also just 13 miles from Sheffield if you want something a little livelier.
Best for: Taking in those incredible views
Buxton is officially the highest market town in England, sitting 1,000 feet above sea level - so you can just imagine the views. As a spa town, it’s very similar to Bath, but borders Cheshire, Staffordshire and the Peak District National Park. There’s always something to do here as well as natural beauty to enjoy - whether you’re an explorer, foodie, shopaholic or arts lover.
Best for: A vibrant feel, day and night
As one of the biggest market towns around, Chesterfield feels almost like a small city. Boasting a range of high-street stores and eateries as well as independent names, the area is also famous for its Chesterfield Market - which is one of the biggest in the country. Its history is also colourful so be sure to make some time to learn about its past.
Best for: Being an upcoming foodie destination
Glossop is a lovely market town just north of the Peak District and its rugged moorland. Here, you’ll find vast countryside and rolling hills, gorgeous local villages and a fantastic foodie scene that people travel for miles for. From independent cafes to gastropubs, one thing’s for sure - you won’t go hungry here. In fact, you’ll be coming back for more.
Best for: A traditional British town feel
Situated in the Peak District lies Matlock - a traditional British town that’s streets are lined with restaurants, shops and endless things to do. Here, you can mix up your days with national park exploration and chilled out afternoons in the town. Matlock Bath, a former spa resort, is just minutes away and should definitely be on your list too.
Want to know the best way to explore Derbyshire? On foot with all your loved ones. And, there’s a walk for every type of walker - even those that don’t enjoy it…
Walk length: Three and a half miles
The circular Bakewell Bridge walk is great for all walking abilities and will take you past some of the area’s best loved sights. The first one being Love Lock Bridge. From there, you’ll pass Bakewell Bridge and head along the Monsal Trail - a relatively flat route that’s suitable for dogs and pushchairs. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Bakewell walk without ending at the Bakewell pudding shop.
Walk length: One mile
The Corbar Cross walk in Buxton takes a gentle route past Edwardian houses, quaint town roads and incredible woodlands. Once in the woods, it’s up to you which path you take - but all are signposted and suitable for everyone. Along the way, you’ll find storyboards explaining the nature and wildlife you’re likely to see. And, when you do reach the top, you’ll see Corbar Cross.
Walk length: Five and a half miles
Ideal for all walkers - including those with prams and dogs in tow - the Five Pits Trail is a linear off-road route. Starting at Grassmoor Country Park, you’ll head to Tibshelf Ponds, passing rolling countryside and rich woodland landscapes as you go. For those wanting more, the route can be extended by two miles. Simply follow it up to Williamthorpe Ponds and Holmewood Woodlands.
Walk length: Six miles
The Peak District Glossop Walk isn’t just a great way of exploring the local area. You’ll get to see some incredible views and pass a number of bakeries, shops and cafes - each tempting you in. The route itself is moderate but there are over 10 stiles along the way, muddy woodland trails and fields with livestock so it’s not always suitable for dogs or children.
Walk length: One and a half miles
Matlock to Pic Tor is a short yet fairly strenuous walk along riverside and woodland paths. It starts in the middle of Matlock, which means there’s plenty of shops, bars and cafes to stop off at or to grab a picnic lunch. But once you’re on your way, expect to see beautiful gardens (including a sensory garden for blind people) cliffs, rivers and disused railway bridges.
Experience the grandeur of Hardwick Hall and Gardens, a magnificent Elizabethan mansion surrounded by breathtaking landscapes. Step into history as you explore its opulent rooms and learn about the influential figures who once resided here. Take a stroll through the meticulously manicured gardens and revel in the beauty of this architectural masterpiece.
Address: Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5QJ
Delve into the fascinating world of mining at the Peak District Mining Museum. Discover the rich heritage and stories of the miners who worked tirelessly underground. Explore interactive exhibits, witness impressive machinery, and gain a deeper understanding of this pivotal industry.
Address: The Pavilion, South Parade, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, DE4 3NR
Chatsworth House is a stately home in Derbyshire that’s been handed down the Cavendish family for 16 generations. Today, it’s still a family home and working farm but you can also go in and explore the rooms, marvel at the gorgeous gardens and relax in the on-site cafe and restaurant.
Address: Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP
Get your hiking boots on, put the dog on a lead and get outside to explore everything that Derbyshire has to offer. Sitting 517 metres high, you’ll find Mam Tor - a well-known hill in the area that means Mother Hill. It probably won’t surprise you that the views from it are incredible.
Address: Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 8WA
Enjoy a fun family day out at the Heights of Abraham - a hilltop park that is reached by cable car. Once there, you can choose from cavern tours, walking trails and fossil exhibitions. If you’re brave enough to look down below, you’ll see a deep limestone gorge in the Peak District!
Address: Dale Rd, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3NT
Let your hair down on thrilling rides and adrenaline-fuelled adventures at Gulliver’s Kingdom. Sitting on the edge of the Peak District, this is one day out you won’t forget in a hurry. And with attractions for all ages, it’s sure to impress even the most difficult of travellers. There’s also plenty of places to sit back and relax if you prefer quieter things.
Address: Temple Walk, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, DE4 3PG
Haddon Hall is a Tudor Hall and Elizabethan garden close to Bakewell that’s open to tours. Boasting over 900 years of history, there’s plenty to discover here - both inside the house and its ground. The on-site restaurant also serves up a delicious menu and attracts visitors from all over.
Address: Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1LA