Derbyshire Tourist Attractions

Derbyshire, home of the Peak District National Park. The perfect choice for a UK walking holiday, there are 100s of trails criss-crossing the park. Or if you're a fan of pedal power, get on your bike and take one of the Peak District cycle routes. You could quite easily spend your whole holiday exploring the natural beauty of Derbyshire's Peak District on your UK holidays. But, if you want a change of scene, don't panic! There are still plenty of other things to do on holiday in Derbyshire. For somewhere to stay visit some of our Derbyshire cottages.


Chatsworth House - flckr - Benjamin.GriffithsChatsworth House - Chatsworth, nr Bakewell
Nestling in the heart of the Peak District and on the banks of the river Derwent, Chatsworth is more than just a house. Inside this grand pile of bricks, you'll find a unique collection of artefacts, including works of the art by the Old Masters, neoclassical sculptures, priceless furniture, books and more. Outside, there are 105 acres of gardens to be discovered. Don't miss the 'waterworks' with waterfalls and fountains galore. Younger visitors are bound to delight in Chatsworth's farmyard and its animal handling sessions, and the woodland adventure playground. For a real treat, book afternoon tea in the Cavendish rooms and feel like the Lord or Lady of the manor! Chatsworth House is undergoing renovation works, but you can still get up close and take a peek behind the restoration. Keep up to date with the goings-on at


25 June (Blue Lobster) - flckr - LaraloolaMatlock Bath Aquarium and exhibitions - Matlock Bath
Previously Victorian thermal baths, you'll now find all manner of fishy goings on here. If you're renting one of our Derbyshire cottages, Matlock Bath Aquarium is a great rainy day activity. As well as the piranhas, terrapins and other tropical and freshwater fish you'll discover much more. Stop by the 'Petrifying Wall', where you'll see objects that have been sprayed with thermal waters gradually turning to stone. You might not believe your eyes in the Hologram Gallery where images seem to float before you! A collection of gems and fossils is also housed in the building. You might not be able to dip your toes into the thermal waters, but you can feed the aquarium's impressive collection of carp that have the luxury of basking in the health-improving waters. If all this floats your boat, find out more at


Derby Corporation Tramways 1, National Tramway Museum, Crich Tramway Village, Derbyshire  - flckr - woodytykePeak Rail - Matlock Bath
Sit back, relax and see Derbyshire by rail. Steam rail, that is. Hop aboard at Matlock rail station and travel along part of the former London-Manchester line. Break your journey at Darley Dale and pop into the station's museum of steam memorabilia. At the other end of the line is Rowsley South Station, with plenty to keep train geeks happy. If the passenger seat isn't enough for you, you can even take a course and take one of the steam trains for a spin.  That'd be something to write home about! There are also plenty of special events throughout the year - for full listings see


Woodland - flckr - Mark Coleman (Downloadable photos)Conkers - Moira, nr Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Perfect whatever the weather, Conkers is an award-winning attraction in the heart of the National Forest. Trick the kids into learning something at the fun-filled discovery centre. Full of interactive exhibits, they'll be gobbling up info on Britain's woodlands in no time. Clamber through the treetops in The Enchanted Forest or venture through a moving forest canopy at night. Outside, there's plenty of maturing woodland to amble through as well as sculpture trails, lakes and a wildflower glade. If there's excess energy to be burnt off, then the assault course is ready and waiting for older kids. Younger visitors aren't forgotten, with mini-beast hunts, an adventure playground, barefoot walks and a ride on the miniature train. Little ones are also bound to jump for joy when they see the indoor play area at the Waterside. Read up and plan your trip to Conkers at


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