Nowadays there are a host of reasons to holiday in or near Matlock. We are in the middle of Derbyshire and convenient for all its attractions. We have good shopping, leisure and recreational facilities and a range of cafes and restaurants.
Enjoy the recently refurbished Hall Leys Park in the centre of town, for a quiet stroll or a bit of skate boarding. Try some tennis, crazy golf, or outdoor bowling. Children can use the play area or paddling pool and there is miniature railway or boat hire on the lake.
There are new swimming pools, leisure centres and gymnasiums nearby, or, in Summer there is Hathersage heated outdoor pool, which is set in beautiful countryside. Also Peak Rail runs a preserved railway from Matlock Riverside to Rowsley with some steam trains. Or, take the frequent rail service into the centre of Derby.
The area has so much to offer; well dressings, music festivals, culinary demonstrations, concerts and events in stately homes. For up to the minute advice try… things to do in Derbyshire
Countryside is literally on the doorstep. Enjoyable walks are available right outside the door. Just turn left out of the Field Barn gate and the woodland walks can take you through Hurker Woods right up upon Beeley Moor. For more about walking in the area try walking in Derbyshire
Home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth is one of the most famous historic estates in Britain. The House is set in stunning parkland designed by Capability Brown. The gardens can be visited separately and have beautiful lawns, cascades, fountains, rocky features and a maze. The house is filled with art and sculpture treasures. The grounds also contain a farmyard and children’s’ adventure playground. Throughout the year the estate hosts a series of exciting events. For more information, click Chatsworth.
Matlock Bath is unique. Set by the River Derwent in a beautiful gorge. It was a 19th century spa town and was extremely fashionable and prosperous. Princess (later Queen) Victoria visited in 1832 and again in 1844. These visits enhance the reputation of the town. Railways brought ‘day trippers’ by the score and Matlock Bath developed the inland ‘seaside’ resort image that it still has today. The town is a designated conservation area.
Visit the Heights of Abraham with its alpine style cable car – deep caverns – Fossil factory and tourist centre. Or Gulliver’s Kingdom a self contained theme park for younger children. Try the Peak District Mining Museum and try to pan for gold, or just wander around the shops and cafes or walk by the river.
Haddon Hall is a complete Medieval and Tudor manor house often used as a film and TV location. Inside, there is a fine medieval kitchen and Elizabethan long gallery. The exterior walls are adorned with climbing roses and the garden brims with delphiniums and clematis. There is also a restaurant and gift shop.
CRICH TRAMWAY MUSEUM
Just 7 miles away, Crich Tramway (pronounced cry-ch), is a period village containing a pub, cafe, old-style sweetshop, and the tram depots.
The restored trams were rescued from all parts of Britain and Europe. They run through the village and out into the countryside. Unlimited tram rides are available and if you retain your ticket you can return to the museum as often as you wish over the following 12 months.
LEA GARDENS AND NURSEY
Lea Gardens café and nursery, is just ten minutes outside Matlock and it specialises in rhododendrons, azaleas, and alpines, which are spectacular during the rhododendron flowering season. Worth visiting at any time, for the short wooded walks and locally sourced food served at the Tea Garden Café.
MATLOCK FARM PARK
6 miles away is the 600-acre Matlock Farm Park, which is ideal for families. Meet pigs, sheep, goats and donkeys as well as llamas, alpacas and a fully-grown Red Deer Stag. See the collection of poultry and smaller domestic animals and get close to the animals. – A tearoom on site and a pot of feed is included in the entry fee!
Chesterfield has one of the largest traditional open air markets in the country and is just a short drive away. Markets take place on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays, with a flea market on Thursdays. The town is of course home to the famous “Crooked Spire’, which dates back to 1362 and is part of the beautiful parish churches. Guided tours are available, go up the spire and you decide for your self the most probable cause of the twisted spire. The Pomegranate Theatre, just across the road, has a wide range of theatrical, musical and comedy performances and is always worth a consideration. The town also has a wide range of shops, cafes and pubs.
Kedleston Hall is a half hour drive from Matlock. Less well known than Chatsworth House Kedleston Hall should not to be overlooked if country houses are your thing.
The mansion, in neo-classical style, was designed almost entirely by the famous architect, Robert Adam and completed in 1765. The interiors in particular make this a special place to visit. The house has an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and furniture. Other attractions include the Eastern Museum, parkland and landscaped gardens.
Sometimes called the ‘ancient capital of the Peaks’ Bakewell is on the banks of the River Wye, which meanders gently through this beautiful old market town. Visitors flock to the town with its narrow streets to explore the town’s nooks and crannies, or to admire the fine stone Derbyshire buildings, shop or just to relax by the clear, sparkling waters of the river.
Buxton’s is a must visit. The Victorian splendor of the town is everywhere. Try the Pavilion Gardens at the heart of Buxton . Journey back in time aboard a “Victorian tram”. Visit the magnificent Devonshire Dome for a coffee, it is bigger than St Paul’s Cathedral. Check out Buxton Opera House. With around 450 performances each year featuring comedy, music, drama, dance, children’s shows, and pantomime. For what’s on go to Buxton Opera House.
Derbyshire has a wealth of opportunities for the adventurous visitor. Try Wild Park for Quad Biking, Paintballing, Woodland Laser Tag and Archery. Or take the family on an unforgettable day on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings and Rope Ladders in Go Ape Tree Top Adventure. If cycling is more your thing, then Derbyshire can offer spectacular roads, or exciting off road opportunities, or try cycle hire which is available throughout the county.
Castleton and the Hope Valley are just 25 miles away. The town is famous for the semi precious stone Blue John, which is still mined and locally crafted into jewelry and ornaments. Castleton has four famous show caves, which are all open to the public and provide escorted tours. The town has a range of craft shops, cafes and jewelers. For walkers, Mam Tor (1700ft) overlooks the town and was a Bronze Age settlement. Nearby Edale village and Kinder Scout (2087 feet) is the start of the famous Pennine way long distance walk, which ends in Scotland. However, for visitors with more modest intentions the area has walks to suite a range of abilities but all with fantastic scenery.
PUBS AND RESTAURANTS
A visit to Derbyshire provides an opportunity to sample, real ale pubs restaurants providing quality food including everything from fine dining in Michelin starred restaurants, cuisine from around the globe and local produce at modest prices.
Finally, before your trip, why not seek up to date advice from tourist information points. They will give you precise information about “what’s on” when you visit Derbyshire.