Located in the East Midlands, Derbyshire is the home of beautiful landscapes and expanses of dense woodland. This stunning location is the perfect place for a nature get-away, not least because the county contains a large portion of the Peak District National Park. Culture lovers won’t be disappointed either, with a trio of National Trust locations in the city of Derby and several historic houses to explore.
The county offers excellent transport links, with many of the popular attractions accessible by bus or train, so you can leave the car safely at the hotel. Derbyshire also hosts a great number of events, from festivals to guided walks, so make sure to check what’s on before you travel.
POOLES CAVERNS & BUXTON COUNTRY PARK
Pooles Caverns is a two-million-year-old natural limestone cavern, home to an incredible variety of crystal stalactites and stalagmites. Considered one of the finest underground locations in the UK, the caverns and woodlands are found on the outskirts of the spa town of Buxton.
Home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth House is found in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire. The stately home is open to the public, with over 30 rooms available to explore including the beautiful Painted Hall and impressive Sculpture Gallery. There are over 100 acres of gorgeous gardens to explore, featuring stunning river and park views and several extravagant water features.
First created in the 1500s by “Bess of Hardwick”, Hardwick is a collection of picturesque landscapes and architectural brilliance. In particular, Hardwick Hall is an incredible example of Elizabethan architecture and has been carefully maintained over the centuries.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Masson Mills, originally designed by Sir Richard Arkwright, is an 18th-century mill. Built on the banks of the River Derwent at Matlock Bath, the site has been opened for visitors to experience the atmosphere of a working mill. You can also find a shopping village, restaurant and textile museum with working machinery.
Looking like it’s come straight out of a fairytale, Bolsover Castle was built in the early 17th century and boasts incredible views over Derbyshire. Explore Bolsover Castle and the Little Castle, marvel over the spectacular castle walls or relax in the Fountain Garden. During the summer, look out for the Cavalier Horsemanship displays that take place in the indoor riding school.
Whether you want culture, beautiful scenery or intense history, Derbyshire has a huge range of attractions to explore. Start planning your Derbyshire adventure today!