A romantic 17th century re-creation of a castle, built by Sir Charles Cavendish, on the site of a much older Norman fortification. Its fairytale corner turrets, pinnacles and battlements rise above a high wooded ridge, with splendid views over the Derwent Valley. Marvelous gardens with outstanding statuary and fountains.
A classical mansion built between 1687 and 1707 by William Talman for the 1st Duke of Devonshire.
Mary Queen of Scots was once a prisoner here and also at Wingfield Manor. Her jailor was George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, who also arranged her execution.
Derbyshire, DE45 1PP - Tel: 01246 565300
Travel on a restored tram and take a trip back in time at the award winning National Tramway Museum. Recreated traditional village street with exhibitions, shops and a tea room. Entrance price includes unlimited tram rides. A fantastic family day out. With a children's play area, woodland walks and sculpture trail.
Location: Crick Tramway Village, Crick, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5DP - Tel: 01773
Cromford Moor and the High Peak Trail (high above the village of Cromford), is a good place for recreation and walking and a popular place for climbers. Black rock (shown right) is an outcrop of grit-stone sculpted by the elements, which resides in this area.Image Credit: Neil Theasby (CC2)
Prehistoric caves set in a limestone gorge, surrounding a small lake. Ancient tools and artifact discovered within the honeycomb of caves provide evidence of life during the last Ice Age (approx. 50,000 to 10,000 years ago). A museum and heritage centre at the entrance tells the full story.
Opening times: Feb
to Oct: daily from 10am, Nov to Jan: Weekends and BH
only - Free Entry (parking charges)
Cave tours run at weekends and during local school holidays. Please book in advance by phone - charges apply.
Location: Crags Road, Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, UK, S80 3LH
Tel: 01909 720378
The porous limestone hills of Derbyshire are laced with show caverns, the most popular of which include: Speedwell Cavern, Peak Cavern, Treak Cliff Cavern (shown right) and the Blue John Caves.
Stretching some 15 miles down river from Matlock Bath to Derby, the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site provides an interesting group of historic Mill complexes, including some of the world's first modern factories. At the heart of the site is the town of Belper, which has one of the oldest surviving Mills in the area - Strutts North Mill.
This 55 mile (88 km) route (opened in 2003) follows the course of the River Derwent as it flows from the Ladybower Reservoir near Bamford, to the point where it merges with the River Trent near Sharlow. Despite its short length, the Derwent flows through a variety of varied and changing landscapes combining with naturally verdant meadows, gritstone edged valleys and a wide variety of man made features from stepping stone river crossings to the mighty mills from which the heart of the industrial revolution flourished.
The Derwent Way passes through several important towns and villages, including Matlock, Belper and Derby and also the grounds of Chatsworth House.
Pottery has been made here for over 200 years. Tours of the working factory illustrate how this famous pottery is still made.
Opening times: all
year, daily - Free Entry
Location: Derby Road, Denby, DE5 8NX - Tel: - 01773 740799 - Website
A picturesque moorland country, cut by gorges or dales, of which, Dove Dale is considered to be the most beautiful.
Monsal Viaduct, located in the breathtaking Monsal Dale (shown right) is one of the most photographed sights in Derbyshire.
Travel back in time to the age of steam and diesel and enjoy over nine miles of this scenic heritage railway, which runs between Wirksworth and Duffield. Regular diesel services and some steam services at weekends.
Opening times: times vary see website for details - Admission Charge
Location:Wirksworth, Derbyshire, DE4 4FB - Tel: 01629 823076 - Website
Built by William de Peveril the natural son of William the Conqueror. The present building was completely and faithfully restored in the 20th century.
Begun in 1591 by Elizabeth of Shrewsbury (also known as Bess of Hardwick), as her 'retirement home', after the death of her fourth husband. The huge windows increase with size the higher up the building they are, giving rise to the saying, 'Hardwick Hall, More glass than wall.'
Family home of the Curzon family for over 800 years. The present mansion, built in the 18th century, was Robert Adam's first great work.
One of Britain's finest ericaceous plant collections, with glorious shows of Rhododendrons, Azalea and Camellias from all around the world. Colourful rock and alpine gardens. Spectacular views across the Derwent Valley and pleasant woodland walks.
Opening times: March to June - Admission Charge
Location: Lea, Matlock, DE4 5GH - Tel: 01629 534380 - Website
A country mansion developed between 1563 and 1644 by Sir John Coke, further developed by his great grandson, the Vice Chamberlain to Queen Anne and George 1st.
Collection of antique railway locomotives and rolling stock. Regular heritage train services across seven miles of beautiful derbyshire countryside.
Opening times: all year - Admission Charge
Location:Butterley station, Ripley, DE5 3QZ - Website
An expanse of moors and forests between Sheffield and Manchester, that spread across most of Derbyshire. Known locally as the 'Roof of England', it contains some of the wildest and most beautiful country in England.
The area became the nations first National Park in 1951. It has two distinct geological landscapes. The wild moorlands to the north that form the Dark Peak with rocky features creating a rugged skyline. And the limestone slopes of the White Peak in the south, which provide a more gentler landscape. The area's wooded dales, craggy hills, picturesque villages and unspoilt landscape contain a network of walking trails that draw over ten million visitors each year.
Located just north of Matlock. Contains the country's largest collection of horse drawn carriages, including stagecoaches and Royal Mail coaches.
Location: Red House Stables, Darley Dale, Derbyshire - Website
An Victorian Cottage in the old mining village of Riddings where local handmade pottery and other textiles are produced. Locally sourced clay is processed and refined, then formed on a traditional potters wheel and fired in the local kilns. Residential courses available.
Location: Greenhill Lane, Riddings, Derbyshire, DE55 4AY - Tel: 01773-603181 - Website
Please note that the above information was accurate at the time this page was last updated. This information is subject to change at any time (opening times in particular), therefore if you plan on visiting any of the above attractions, please check the owner's website first or phone them for the latest details.