Local Attractions

The Peak District offers attractions for everyone. Whether you are a couple, a family or simply having a holiday by yourself, it's easy to fill your stay with things to suit your taste. To list everything to do in the area would be unrealistic, so instead, we've listed some of the top attractions, places to eat and things to do nearby and a little further afield. All of them are within a short drive of the cottages.

If you have limited time, Jean will be on hand to make some suggestions depending on your interests. You can always check out the Peak District website for a wealth of information including upcoming events that coincide with your stay.

Of course, you always have the option of simply relaxing and enjoying the comfort of your cottage! We've worked hard to create and maintain the highest standard of accommodation and trust you will enjoy yourselves whatever you choose to do.



Chatsworth, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is set in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire with over 30 rooms to explore. The 105 acre garden is famous for its historic and modern waterworks and sculptures.

Distance: 15 miles

Phone: 01246 565300

Website: Chatsworth

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

operating tourist passenger services on a 9 mile route between Wirksworth and Duffield, the longest heritage railway in the Peak District.

Distance: 1 miles

Phone: 01629 823076

Website: Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Wirksworth Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre is now undergoing a major redevelopment project – supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund – to relocate and create a new venue to house our museum collection and exhibitions illustrating the story of Wirksworth and its long heritage. Our new museum will be open in 2019. We look forward to seeing you. Call for more information.


Phone: 01629 707000

Website: Wirksworth Heritage Centre

Carsington Water

Carsington Water Visitor Centre

Carsington Water has a wide range of outdoor activities to be enjoyed. There is also a restaurant, playground, courtyard shops, exhibition, four bird hides and miles of footpaths and bridleways to explore.

Distance: 1 miles

Phone: 01629 540696

Website: Carsington Water Visitor Centre

Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall

This Medieval and Tudor manor house is an absolute gem. Inside, there is a fine example of a medieval kitchen; and an Elizabethan long gallery and a beautiful terraced garden.

Distance: 12 miles

Phone: 01629 812855

Website: Haddon Hall

Peak Rail Matlock

Peak Rail

Journey back in time and enjoy a nostalgic train ride on our preserved railway operating steam services between Matlock and Rowsley South Stations.

Distance: 6 miles

Phone: 01629 580381

Website: Peak Rail

Sir Richard Arkwrights Cromford Mill

Cromford Mill

Cromford Mill, the worlds first successful water powered cotton spinning mill, built in 1771 by Sir Richard Arkwright. Part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site

Distance: 2 miles

Phone: 01629 823256

Website: Cromford Mill

The Heights of Abraham

Heights of Abraham

Hilltop park reached by a cable car journey across the valley, with cavern tours, walking trails, fossil exhibitions, cafe and restaurant.

Distance: 3 miles

Phone: 01629 582365

Website: Heights of Abraham

Crich Tramway Village

Crich Tramway Village

Take a tram ride through time at Crich Tramway Village, home of The National Tramway Museum - an ideal destination for all ages.

Distance: 6 miles

Phone: 01773 854321

Website: Crich Tramway Village

Treak Cliff Cavern

Treak Cliff Cavern in Castleton, famous for its unique deposits of Blue John stone. Visitors can enjoy a guided tour though the mine and caverns.

Distance: 25 miles

Phone: 01433 621487

Website: Treak Cliff Cavern

Alton Towers

The UK's premier theme park, Alton Towers is day out for thrill-seekers or families. With rides and attractions to suit all ages the resort is a full day's entertainment.

Distance: 17 miles

Phone: 0871 222 3330

Website: Alton Towers

The Great British Car Journey

Over 120 vehicles tell the story of the British Motor Industry on an interactive journey spanning the last 100 years. Check website for opening times

Phone: 01773 317243

Website: The Great British Car Journey

Derby Museum of Making

Telling Derbys 300 year history of making. From the Worlds smallest engine run using a human hair to a seven tonne Rolls-Royce Trent engine, the museum invites the visitor to create their own journey through 300 years of making

Phone: 01332 641901

Website: Derby Museum of Making