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Derbyshire

Things to do in Derbyshire


What's on in Derbyshire?

Derbyshire has 225 miles of the National Forest within its borders, plus a large area of the gorgeous Peak District National Park up north. The county is home to some great houses, including Hardwick Hall, Haddon Hall, Calke Abbey and Chatsworth House, all entrenched in history. There are also some spooky caverns and caves available to visit for a more alternative day out.

The most looked at attractions in Derbyshire in the last month are Peak Cavern - The Devil's Arse, Speedwell Cavern and The Heights of Abraham.

In the last 30 days, Nature, Historical and Active were the most popular categories.


Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle

Where: Bolsover, Derbyshire    Category: Historical, Landmarks and Monuments

17th Century mansion offering panoramic views, discover the Venus Garden and riding house. Note: English Heritage members can visit attraction for free.
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Where: Buxton, Derbyshire    Category: Museums

You can expect to find information on geology, archaeologoy and history of the Peak District here.
Buxton Opera House

Buxton Opera House

Where: Buxton, Derbyshire    Category: Entertainment

The Buxton Opera House is one of Britain's leading receiving theatres presenting around 450 performances each year.
Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey

Where: Ticknall, Derbyshire    Category: Historical, Nature

An interesting portrayal into the decline of a county house estate. The house and stables remain mostly untouched through time and the surrounding nature park with deer running freely creates a picturesque landscape.
Carsington Water

Carsington Water

Where: Ashbourne, Derbyshire    Category: Active, Nature

Located just a short distance from the Peak District National Park, Carsington water is a great day out for a family throughout the year. Watersports, fishing, cycling, rich wildlife, play areas and more. Open every day exce...
Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House

Where: Chatsworth, Derbyshire    Category: Historical, Kids

Chatsworth House is home to the Devonshire family and is classed as one of the Treasure Houses of England.  Note: The car park has an all day charge of £3 per car, but if you book your tickets online, park...
Chucklebutties Play & Party Centre

Chucklebutties Play & Party Centre

Where: Belper, Derbyshire    Category: Kids

Chucklebutties Play & Party Centre is situated in the heart of Belper, overlooking the beautiful Derwent and River Gardens. Recently voted the Best Soft Play in the East Midlands by netmums.com, come and enjoy the stunning ...
Conkers

Conkers

Where: Swadlincote, Derbyshire    Category: Kids, Nature

Conkers is the award winning family attraction in the heart of the National Forest. Includes a mix of indoor and outdoor experiences.
Creswell Crags

Creswell Crags

Where: Creswell, Derbyshire    Category: Nature

Creswell Crags is a limestone gorge with caves and smaller fissures. Stone tools and remains of animals found in the caves provide evidence for a story of life during the last Ice Age between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago.
Crich Tramway Village

Crich Tramway Village

Where: Crich, Derbyshire    Category: Active, Museums, Nature, Travel

There are loads of things to do at Crich Tramway Village. A tramway ride through a recreated village, fun indoor and outdoor play areas for kids, woodland walks, and many shops and tearooms.
Denby Visitor Centre

Denby Visitor Centre

Where: Denby, Derbyshire    Category:

Daily pottery tours include plate painting and make a frog.
Force 10 Peak District

Force 10 Peak District

Where: Ashbourne, Derbyshire    Category: Active

Built within natural woodland terrain and with 170 acres of land, the Force 10 Peak District site plays host to a number of top facilities, ensuring you have the best experience possible. With an on-site conference suite, chang...
Go Ape! - Buxton

Go Ape! - Buxton

Where: Buxton, Derbyshire    Category: Active

Days out at Go Ape are about living life more adventurously, having fun with friends and family and getting in touch with your inner Tarzan (he’s in there, we promise). Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They’re p...
Gulliver's Kingdom

Gulliver's Kingdom

Where: Matlock, Derbyshire    Category: Active, Theme Parks

Gulliver’s is a family theme park designed to cater for families with children between the age of two and thirteen. All its rides and attractions are designed to offer the whole family a full day out of fun and excitement.
Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall

Where: Bakewell, Derbyshire    Category: Historical

Haddon Hall is a Medieval and Tudor Manor House, untouched by time.
Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall

Where: Chesterfield, Derbyshire    Category: Historical

Hardwick Hall is an Elizabethan building, set in the lovely gardens and parkland.
Ladybooth Equestrian Centre

Ladybooth Equestrian Centre

Where: Hope Valley, Derbyshire    Category: Active, Kids, Nature

Ladybooth Equestrian Centre is a family run business that has been established over 10yrs. They operate riding activities for all ages from a 20 minute ‘Tots Toddle’ to ‘Equestrian Packages’ and riding h...
Pavilion Gardens

Pavilion Gardens

Where: Buxton, Derbyshire    Category: Nature

A grade II listed building dating back to 1871 set in 23 acres of Victorian landscaped gardens.
Peak Cavern - The Devil's Arse

Peak Cavern - The Devil's Arse

Where: Catleton, Derbyshire    Category: Nature

A spectacular cavern containing historic rope works inside Britain's largest cave entrance.
Peveril Castle

Peveril Castle

Where: Castleton, Derbyshire    Category: Historical

Set high above the village of Castleton, Peveril Castle offers amazing views over the Peak District.
Poole's Cavern & Country Park

Poole's Cavern & Country Park

Where: Buxton, Derbyshire    Category: Nature

Poole's Cavern is Derbyshire's most spectacular natural show-cave, described as 'The First Wonder of the Peak.' Take a guided tour round Derbyshire's largest stalactite.
Rollerworld Derby

Rollerworld Derby

Where: Derby, Derbyshire    Category: Active

Rollerworld Derby is one of very few fully operating roller rinks in the UK, its been around since the 80s and after a large refurbishment to the building which is still ongoing that includes Air Con, New Sound & Lighting, ...
Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills

Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills

Where: Matlock Bath, Derbyshire    Category: Historical

Sir Richard Arkwright's 1783 showpeice Masson Mills, on the river Derwent at Matlock Bath are the finest surviving and best preserved example of one of Arkwright's cotton mills. The mills now host a shopping village and working...
Speedwell Cavern

Speedwell Cavern

Where: Castleton, Derbyshire    Category: Nature

Take a boat journey through the flooded workings of an eighteenth century lead mine.
Strutt's North Mill

Strutt's North Mill

Where: Belper, Derbyshire    Category: Historical, Museums

Strutt's North Mill is famous for being the first 'fire proof' cotton mill.
The Chestnut Centre

The Chestnut Centre

Where: Chapel-en-le-Firth, Derbyshire    Category: Animals & Wildlife

Set in 50 acres of the Peak District National Park, take a walk round the Chestnut Centre and meet Europe''s largest collection of Otters and Owls. Other animals include Foxes, Polecats and Scottish Wildcats.
The Heights of Abraham

The Heights of Abraham

Where: Matlock Bath, Derbyshire    Category: Nature

Take an amazing cable car ride over the river to The Heights of Abraham, the Peak District's oldest attraction. Explore the show caves, woodland trails and stunning views from the clifftop.
Treak Cliff Cavern

Treak Cliff Cavern

Where: Castleton, Derbyshire    Category: Nature

Visit a underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites, rocks, minerales and fossils. Treak Cliff Cavern is home to the unique Blue John Stone.

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