Attractions & Places to Visit
There are so many things to do and explore in the local area
Hosting fun and fast rides, Alton Towers could be an ideal day out for you if you like all things theme park! Smaller children can also meet their favourite characters in Cbeebies Land and there’s even several acres of beautiful landscape gardens – a rare treat in a theme park.
Set in the heart of the historic town of Bakewell, the Old House Museum is an original Tudor dwelling. After nearly 500 hundred years of continuous use, the house was rescued from demolition in the 1950’s.
It contains a wide range of artefacts telling the story of Bakewell and the surrounding Peak District.
Set in a proud position with spectacular views over Derbyshire, Bolsover Castle allows you to explore the lavish rooms of the Little Castle, the ruined terraces and the fountain gardens. This Stuart Mansion was built to impress guests and it is still fulfilling this purpose today. There is an audio guide available if you want to hear all about the history of the Castle and a tearoom onsite for a nice cup of tea.
With a wide range of water sports, cycle hire and fishing, Carsington Water has activities aplenty. Explore the vast network of paths and trails that circumnavigate Carsington Water – explore on foot or bike. There is an adventure playground and an array of wildlife to see. There is also a visitor’s centre and a couple of shops on-site. Mobility scooters are available to hire as are electric bikes.
Castleton is home to the four ‘show caves’ – essentially four old underground caves that have proved enormously popular due to their fascinating heritage and wonderfully interesting interior. They are called Peak Cavern (also known lovingly as The Devils Arse), Speedwell Cavern (with an underground boat trip), Treak Cliff and Blue John Cavern.
- Peak Cavern – S33 8WS
- Speedwell Cavern – S33 8WA
- Treak Cliff Cavern – S33 8WP
- Blue John Cavern – S33 8WH
The site includes a working farmyard with animal handling and milking demonstrations. In addition, it hosts a woodland playground with a rope park, trampoline, slides, water and sand play.
There are also special activities during school holidays.
Probably one of the most famous homes in the country, Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. It is approximately a 15-minute drive from Bolehill. It beholds stunning architecture and the gardens are not to be missed – it’s a full day out. Chatsworth has something for the whole family. Its farmyard and playground are ideal for the little ones to explore and enjoy. The house, extensive gardens and the grounds are superb for the older children in us.
They have an array of events throughout the year, including horse trials, country shows, the Christmas market and many more.
Set in a dramatic location, the Crich Tramway Village is a great day out for all the family and dogs are welcome too! You can explore by riding the trams, visit the exhibitions and step back in time along the recreated period street. It’s easy to get lost in the ‘days gone by’ here. There is also an indoor and outdoor play area for the little ones to enjoy. There are a range of place to eat and drink, including the Red Lion pub serving cask ales.
The home of Denby pottery, this pottery village has a lot to offer – with factory tours, pottery demonstrations, paint a pot experiences and an outlet shop too.
There is a coffee shop and restaurant on-site.
Steve leads Dolomite Training who are based in Bakewell and provide a range of fun and adventurous activities. Their instructors can offer you the following experiences: Climbing, Caving, Abseiling, Mountain Biking, Weaselling & Ghyll Scrambling.
Set in a woodland park in the same area as one of the Peak Districts largest cave systems, Pooles Cavern. The centre is located just outside Buxton. If you are not feeling adventurous enough to swing the high ropes, then you can walk up through the woods to Solomon’s Temple for terrific views over Buxton and the surrounding countryside.
Explore the woodland walks, the wild flower pastures and head up the Solomens Temple to enjoy a superb vantage point. Go Ape and Pooles Cavern are also within the country park
Gulliver’s Theme Park is perched on the hillside of Matlock Bath. It features over 60 rides and attractions – ideal for children from toddlers to early teens. It hosts a wide range of rides and attractions – from the Western World and Pirates Play Area, to the Log Flume and Drop Tower.
One of the most popular destinations in the local area, this stunning medieval manor is situated just a couple of miles outside of Bakewell. It continues to be the home of the Manners family. It features beautiful gardens and it has featured in many period films and TV shows. Our favourite room is the long gallery – it’s simply beautiful.
It plays host to a number of events during the year, including Artisan markets and special Christmas exhibitions during December. There is also a licensed restaurant onsite which you can visit without going into the house or gardens. The restaurant has views over the river Wye.
First created by the formidable Bess Hardwick in the 1500’s, Hardwick Hall is famous for being more glass than wall. There is lots to explore here – a house, gardens and parkland (with plenty of walks). The new Hall is owned by the National Trust. There is also the old hall which is on the same site (this is run by the English Heritage, with an audio tour available).
Dogs: Welcome in the parkland on leads and around the stableyard
Probably not one for you if you have a fear of heights! However if not, you will be rewarded with some spectacular views from the cable cars. If you brave the journey there is lots to enjoy at the top. There is a cavern to explore, High Falls and the Treetops Visitor Centre, with 60 acres of park and woodland to wander and explore. Additionally there are two play areas for the younger members of the family as well as picnic areas.
Dogs: Are allowed in the cable cars and the cafe terrace on leads, but not in the main buildings or underground.
This is a book lovers heaven, hosting a multitude of genres. There is a café on site serving: hot drinks, cakes and lunches. A surprising treat, we enjoy it here! Not as you may expect. Look out for it off the main road.
Kedleston Hall, was built in 18th century and is owned by the National Trust. The house has been beautifully restored and there are some spectacular rooms, our favourite room being the dome. There are some lovely grounds to walk in, dogs are welcome in the grounds too.The cafe is a good spot to refuel after a walk around the grounds with the outdoor cafe seating particularly recommended if the weather allows.
Located on the edge of the Peak District National Park, the Grade I listed house is surrounded by formal gardens and a sublime deer park. The house dates back to the late 16th century and has been run by the National Trust since 1946. Tour guides were scattered around the house on our visit who were most willing to answer any questions.
There are many peaceful places to walk in the gardens and grounds. There is also a lovely cafe, for a coffee or maybe a lunch stop. Regency afternoon teas are an option, yet booking is required for this.
Open all year round and could be a particular favourite if you like animals. There is plenty to do for children, many animals to see, feed and smaller cuddly animals to pet in their barns.
There are also horse riding opportunities on-site, riding lessons, pony trekking and even the opportunity to experience an ‘own a pony day’. The Garden Room Café can also be found at the venue.
This has to be our favourite spot for a cinema trip, a cosy boutique style cinema, certainly makes a refreshing change to the usual offering. You can choose from a range of seating, including sofas and armchairs. Bookable in advance only. If you make a visit, consider arriving early to enjoy a drink in the bar before the film starts
This is a wonderful historic venue situated in the heart of Buxton. Nestled in 23 acres of restored parkland, the main building is a Grade II listed structure that forms a natural base for visitors and has a café too.
There is an array of free family friendly activities for a day out; enjoy the gardens and see the grandeur of the recently restored Octagon building. There is an outdoor adventure playground and an indoor play park for toddlers – something for children of all ages. In addition, there is a miniature train which allows you to ride around the gardens. This service operates most of the year yet naturally, there is a small charge.
Situated on the edge of the Peak District National Park, the Peak Wildlife Park offers the experience of coming face-to-face with exotic and endangered animals from across three continents. They also have an indoor play area.
Go wild in exploring the vast limestone caverns. Hidden within the cliffs in Buxton, you will see how crystal stalactites have lined the chamber over millions of years. A fascinating venue.
Quarry Bank Mill is a National Trust site about an hours drive away. It is a lovely place to spend a day, there are 400 acres of gardens, grounds, paths to explore, so a great days out for dogs. There is also the Mill itself along with The Apprentice House and the Quarry Bank House too.
This is a beautiful place to visit, the gardens are lovely to stroll around and if you’re feeling adventurous head down to the lake for an extended walk. There are tours around the hall which can be prebooked. They make their own wine here to, so you can enjoy a tour around the vineyard or buy a bottle to take home
Located in Ambergate Great British Car Journey tells the story of the rise and fall of the British motoring industry from the early 1900s to the turn of the century with over 130 cars on display. In addition to the exhibition, Great British Car Journey features a unique onsite driving experience – Drive Dad’s Car.
See behind the scenes in the brewhouse and hear the story behind the Thornbridge brewery, you won’t find out their secret recipe, but you will get the chance to taste a range of their award-winning beers. Look out for Japier, this is one of Dan’s favourite beers!
Enjoy a tour around the beautifully landscaped RHS gardens in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall. There is also a café and garden centre on site. In the summer months there is a paddling net a duck pool for the younger members of the family.