Things to do


As there is simply so much on offer here in Derbyshire this page is filled with links to other sites that offer greater detail than can be captured on these few pages.

The links below are as diverse as possible (simply click on a photo to visit their websites). If, on your surfing travels, you come across a site that would benefit from inclusion here then please let us know and we’ll add it in.

Chatsworth House

A stunning stately home occupied by the Duke & Duchess of Devonshire Chatsworth House is less than 15 minutes away. You’ll need a weekend to do it justice. The house is amazing but in addition there is a vast estate to explore, a top notch Garden Centre, an appetite stimulating Farm Shop – like Fortnum & Mason on speed – and a children’s play area with working farm and adventure playground
If you wish to visit this National Treasure then please let us know as we have discount tickets available that will save you £5 per person on the entry price – check out the Special Offers and Packages page on our website


Haddon Hall

An ancient house relatively untouched since Henry VIII’s day. Haddon Hall is set in beautiful surroundings it is less than ten minutes away from our front door.
The highlight is a glorious 14th Century Banqueting Hall complete with minstrels’ gallery but there is also a fine oak panelled room with miniature portraits of Henry VII and his Queen, a Tudor period Long Gallery (from which Dorothy Vernon is said to have eloped with her lover, Lord Edward Manners), and some fine gardens
2006 saw a new BBC television series of Jane Eyre filmed at Haddon Hall.
In addition ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ was also filmed at Haddon in 2007


Heights of Abraham

Welcome to the Heights of Abraham
Looking for a great day out, in the Peak District, Derbyshire? Then EXPLORE the web site to see that the cable car journey is just the start.
Your cable car ticket also gives FREE ENTRY to the Caverns, Exhibitions and Hilltop Park. OPEN DAILY until Sunday 4th November 2012.


Peak Rail

Peak Rail welcomes you in 2012 to journey back to a bygone age and experience the thrill of steam and diesel on a preserved railway, operating between Rowsley South and Matlock Platform 2 for a distance of 4 miles and open to the public throughout the year.

The line forms part of the old Midland Railway’s line between Manchester Central and London St Pancras which was closed in 1968.

The northern terminus at Rowsley South Station is situated on the site of the former LMS/BR locomotive depot. Facilities include free car parking, a large buffet providing a selection of hot and cold light refreshments, homemade cakes and excellent bacon butties, gift shop selling a wide range of Thomas models, railway books, dvd’s, memorabilia, souvenirs, and a exhibition showing the history of the building of the railway by volunteers. From May – September the picnic area will be open where children can play with large out door games (subject to the weather) and other family members can relax whilst enjoying a cup of tea or ice cream from our snack bar.

At the picturesque gothic style station at Darley Dale trains stop in both directions. Whilst you are waiting for a train you can explore the museum which depicts the history of the former Midland Railway line.

Our southern terminus at Platform 2 Matlock Station was opened to passenger services on the 2nd July 2011 and operates alongside East Midland Trains Services who’s termination point is on Platform 1. Access to this station is via the footbridge at the side of Sainsbury’s and parking is located in the local pay and display council car park next to the main Matlock Railway Station.

All trains have a buffet car, serving a range of hot and colds drinks, alcoholic beverages and a wide range of light snacks.

For people with disabilities we have a special adapted carriage which is fully accessible for wheelchair uses.


Derwent Valley Mills

Welcome to the Derwent Valley Mills

In December 2001, the Derwent Valley Mills in Derbyshire was inscribed on the World Heritage List. This international designation confirms the outstanding importance of the area as the birthplace of the factory system where in the 18th Century water power was successfully harnessed for textile production.

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.

…and if you’re feeling energetic

Matlock has a very challenging Golf Course less than 5 minutes from Sheriff Lodge. Visitors are more than welcome – we can easily arrange tee-times for you.

Matlock Golf

Check out their website by clicking the photo above