Front of Tissington Hall

Things to do in and around Matlock

Once famous for its hydro and spa treatments, Matlock’s central location, beautiful surroundings and great public transport links make it the ideal base for exploring the Peak District National Park and Derbyshire.

Heights of Abraham

Awarded one of the top attractions in the country, The Heights of Abraham is an exhilarating day out. Take the alpine cable cars to the top, climb the turret for an amazing view over Matlock and Matlock Bath and down the valleys. Then take a guided tour of the caverns and spot the chandelier and the tinker’s hole, stay for a full three course meal in the restaurant or just a speciality coffee in the hilltop cafe. There are also acres of woodland walks and the dogs can travel too. There is also a wonderful children’s play area.

Sheriff Lodge discounts your ticket by 20%

Chatsworth House and Estate

What is there left to say about the marvellous Chatsworth? It’s beautiful, enchanting, with all sorts of rooms to explore including some private rooms which if you are lucky will be open on your visit. Watch out for the shrouded lady because she moves around the building. The audio, available in many languages is well done. This inhabited stately home belonging to the Devonshires is a must when in Derbyshire. Then you can spend as much time in the gardens as you please and are equally beautiful and enchanting. There are plenty of event on throughout the year including the Chatsworth Christmas Market during November and December.

Sheriff Lodge discounts your tickets by over 30%

Tissington Hall

The very pretty village of Tissington with the Hall, available for weddings and celebrations. Tissington sets off the season of ‘well dressing’ which is a local craft for villages to come together and be grateful for the blessing of fresh and pure water.

St Helen’s Church, Churchtown

St. Helens churchyard in Churchtown, Darley Dale hosts a yew tree said to be about 2000 years old. It is 33 ft at the girth and still thriving. Just imagine what it has been through!

Hall Leys Park

Just a short walk from Sheriff Lodge is the beautifully kept Hall Leys Park. The gardens are so well managed that it’s worth a visit on a regular basis. You drive past the park on the way into Matlock – just lovely.


Carsington Water

A wonderfully, peaceful wildlife conservation reservoir which holds no less that 35,000 megalitres of water and 10km of piping to control the water level of the Derwent.

Carsington offers all sorts of fun to everyone, level paths, paddle boarding, wind surfing, bird watching, boating, fishing, biking and some very pretty picnic areas. The walk/ride around the whole area is 8 miles.

People caving with helmets and flashlights

Dolomite Training

Dolomite Training are based in Bakewell and provide a range of fun and exciting adventurous activities. Our expert instructors can offer you the following experiences; Climbing, Caving, Abseiling, Mountain Biking, Weaselling & Ghyll Scrambling. Call 07784 005097 to make an enquiry.

Haddon Hall

This is a truly romantic House, currently belonging to the Manners family. Familiar to us all as it has featured in many films and programmes and there is filming on site on a regular basis. There is interest for everyone at Haddon, the chapel, wonderful tapestries, the gardens and views over the Derwent as well as the house and kitchens, the long room and the marvellous and massive fireplace.

Sheriff Lodge discounts your tickets by 20%

Crich Tramway Village

This is the best fun. There are lots of trams to go on and a great museum with lots of interesting and clear facts about the vehicles and their renovations etc. There is a sweetie shop which takes you back in time and visitors of a certain age will stand and reminisce for a fair while. The walkway is full of wooden carvings and watch out for Mr Potato Man.

Sheriff Lodge discounts your tickets by 20%


Eyam is a one off. The village cut themselves off from the world in order to stop the 1665 plague spreading. Walk through the village with your map and spot all the affected homes and graves. The church is pretty and lots to discover there including the first known sundial. Walk out to the boundary stone where the holes were filed for the vinegar where the villagers put the money and other villages provided clothes and food in exchange. A very noble and unique place. Humbling too.

Well Dressings

Well dressing is a traditional local craft where the frame is made and soaked in the river for two weeks, filled with clay and then decorated with only natural pickings ie petals, lentils, peppercorns, leaves etc. It’s fascinating and a great day out to find the wells throughout the village! 2018 the theme in every village was the RAF 100th anniversary – lest we forget …

Lea Gardens

Lea Gardens is a short drive from Sheriff Lodge, you can roam the rhododendron and amaze at the acers. This is a jewel in Derbyshire.

Dog Walks

And of course numerous walks and fresh, pure air for head space and a chance to connect with the natural beauty that is The Peak District.

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