The Peak District – Museums, Railways & Theme Parks

Each cottage has a wide selection of information on place to visit or explore during your stay and here are some ideas to help you plan your visit to the Peak District.

Peak District Mining MuseumMatlock Bath:  Visit a museum where you can experience and wonder at the forgotten world of a Derbyshire lead miner. For centuries, men have toiled underground in cramped and hazardous conditions to earn a meager living by extracting the mineral galena (lead ore). See the tools they used, clothes they wore, the advances in technology and the importance of this metal in our modern day lives.

Arkwright’s MillCromford Nr Matlock Bath:  In 1979 the Arkwright Society purchased Sir Richard Arkwright’s Cromford Mill and began restoring the Grade I listed building. There are shops, a restaurant, meeting rooms and an exhibition. The mill and the surrounding area have now been given the status of a World Heritage Centre.

Alton TowersAlton:  Fantastic day out for all the family at Britain’s best theme park, just 20 minutes from Ashbourne. Take a splash in the water park, play some golf, relax in the wondrous spa or experience the thrill of some of the exhilarating rides.

National Stone CentreWirksworth:  Set in fifty acres of Derbyshire countryside, the National Stone Centre site contains six former quarries, four lime kilns and over one hundred and twenty disused lead mine shafts. Visit the Discovery Centre to see the ‘Story of Stone’ exhibition, browse through the best rock and mineral shop in the Midlands, or have some light refreshment in the café area.

Crich Tramway MuseumCrich, Nr Matlock:  Nestling high up in the heart of Derbyshire, overlooking the famous Derwent Valley, the Crich Tramway Museum is a unique place to visit, whatever your interests. Take a ride on a restored tram, paying with an old penny that you are given on entry. You are free to ride the trams all day.

Gullivers Kingdon, Matlock Bath:  A family theme park, opened in 1978, caters for families with children aged 2 to 13. There are rides, attractions, shows, restaurants and shops – not forgetting the resident characters Gully and Gilly Mouse.

Chestnut Centre Conservation & Wildlife ParkChapel-en-Le-frith:  Conservation and Wildlife Park, located in scenic Peak District National Park of Derbyshire, is set in 50 acres of landscaped grounds and is home, not only to a unique collection of birds and animals, but to many wild birds and mammals. As you walk about the Wildlife Park you’ll see some of Europe’s largest gathering of otters, 16 species of owls and other indigenous wildlife all in their natural surroundings including, buzzards, pine martens, polecats, foxes, Scottish wildcats and deer.

Heage WindmillHeage:  Built in 1797 and restored in 2002 Heage Windmill is the only working, stone-towered, multi-sailed windmill in England. This unique Grade II* listed building is set in the Derbyshire countryside, providing spectacular views towards the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. There are guided tours, hands-on activities for children and an Interpretation Centre.

Peak RailMatlock – Darley Dale – Rowsley:  Peak Rail re-opened in 1997 and now runs regular steam and diesel hauled heritage passenger trains between Matlock Riverside and Rowsley. Open most weekends throughout the year.

Barrow Hill Round-House Railway Centre, Barrow Hill, Nr Chesterfield:  Barrow Hill is Britain’s last surviving working Roundhouse – a truly enthralling and atmospheric place to be, especially when galas and events take place in the unique surroundings. Of course, no trip to the Roundhouse would be complete without a ride on the train, and the organisers of all the special events make sure train rides are available.

Hope House Costume MuseumAlstonfield, Nr Ashbourne:  Hope House Costume Museum and Restoration Workshop is the realisation of a dream that Notty Hornblower has nurtured for more than twenty years. She began seriously collecting period costumes when in her thirties and has now amassed a huge collection that includes outfits and accessories dating from 1790 up to the 1970’s, including menswear, ladieswear, children and baby outfits, christening robes, military uniforms and exquisite wedding dresses.

Bakewell Old House MuseumBakewell:  Explore 10 beamed rooms with wattle and daub partitions and a great open fireplace. Discover a rare Tudor toilet and a Victorian privy. Experience life in a Victorian mill workers dwelling. See displays of lace, textiles and elegant costumes in tableau settings. View historical toys as featured on BBC 2 Restoration Roadshow. Play with our dolls house Have fun with our Tudor dressing up box.

Go-ApeBuxton:  The award-winning, high wire forest adventure course comprises rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides set high in the trees tops. Based at Poole’s Cavern in Buxton, the 1km course is suitable for a wide range of ages (minimum age 10, minimum height 1.40m) and offers three hours of memorable, adrenaline-fuelled fun for those looking for a unique and exhilarating outdoor adventure.