Links & Local Attractions
Here are some links for the Derbyshire Peak District to help you get the most out of your Peak Cottage Holidays. There are countless visitor attractions in the area covering stately homes, arts, crafts, music, gardens, theme parks, market towns, local history, beautiful walks, food, performing arts, drinks and shopping for antiques, the list goes on.
Welcome to the Derbyshire and the Peak District Guide for 2015 showing you what attractions to see and what activities to do, to make your stay a memorable one. Derbyshire's bustling market towns, villages, hills, dales and rivers, offer majestic scenery, and a rich variety of customs that date back from time immemorial.
Monyash Information - Vistors guide to monyash and its surroundings.
Peakwalking - The Peak District has walking for everyone, ranging from strolls along gentle limestone dales with their crystal clear rivers to airy walks along the unique gritstone 'edges' with their wonderful views. At the northern end, expeditions onto forbidding high heather moorland are possible. It's a great place to be, whatever the weather!
Peak District View - Guide to the Peak District National Park, Derbyshire and the surrounding countryside.
Peakdistrictcycleways - Cycling in Derbyshire, the Peak District, cycleways and trails, cycle hire, accommodation and much more.
The official tourist board of the Peak District and Derbyshire. Things to do, where to stay, about the area, events and festivals. The most comprehensive guide available.
Blue John Cavern contains the unique Fluorspar only found in Castleton. Guided tours are available showing the how mining was undertaken.
Buxton Opera House is a historic building in the heart of the Peak District and is one of Britain's leading receiving theatres, presenting around 450 performances each year including dance, comedy, children's shows, drama, musical concerts, pantomime and opera as well as a lively Fringe Theatre and Community and Education Programme.
Chatsworth House Stately home, is set in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire. There is always something new to see and do in the house, gardens, farmyard, adventure playground and garden centre. Experience a taste of Chatsworth in their shops, resturants, and award winning farm shop or explore the beautiful 1000 acres of parkland.
Crich Tramway village for a great day out. Nestling high up in the heart of Derbyshire overlooking the famous Derwent Valley and open almost throughout the year. Crich Tramway Village is a lovingly restored period village that is also home to the National Tramway Museum and its world renowned activities.
Derwent valley mills stretching 15 miles down the river valley from Matlock Bath to Derby. The World Heritage Site contains a fascinating series of historic mill complexes, including some of the world's first 'modern' factories.
Haddon hall is a fortified medieval manor house dating from the 12th Century and is home of Lord and Lady Edward Manners, whose family have owned it since 1567. Described by Simon Jenkins in “1000 Best Houses” as “the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages”. Set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park, the house and grounds have played host to no less than three versions of “Jane Eyre”. Screen credits also include "Elizabeth”, "Pride & Prejudice” and “The Other Boleyn Girl”.
Hardwick Hall dominates the surrounding area and is a magnificent statement to the wealth and authority of its builder, Bess of Hardwick. Designed by Robert Smythson, the house is remarkable for being almost unchanged since Bess lived here. It gives a rare insight into the formality of courtly life of the Elizabethan age. The new Hall was designed deliberately to symbolise Bess' wealth and status and pushed the boundaries of architectural design. Hardwick offers visitors a year round experience, from colourful herbaceous borders and prize winning vegetables, that are used in the restaurant, to the picturesque circular parkland walks and plenty of family friendly activities.
Since first opening its gates to visitors in 1780 the Heights of Abraham has become one of the Peak District's most popular destinations. Originally the Heights of Abraham was only accessible to those few visitors who could scale the steep slopes of Masson Hill. In 1984 Britain's first alpine style cable car transport system was installed. Rising from the valley floor, the observation cars transport you in comfort and safety, allowing stunning views of the Derwent Valley and surrounding Peak District. Situated on the site of historic lead mining, the Heights of Abraham originally opened as a Regency style 'Savage Garden'. Today the paths still follow many of the original routes around the 60 acres of Woodland hillside. Now, 200 years on, the planting scheme has matured, providing homes for a range of birds and wildlife.