Things to do in Derbyshire

Whether you're planning a visit to the world heritage site of the Derwent Valley Mills, or the magnificent Chatsworth House or a family day out to Alton Towers, there is something for everyone. The Peak District and National Forest means there is an abundance of rolling hills, scenic walks, varying wildlife and quaint stone villages to explore.

Peak District

The stunning Peak District National Park became the first national park in the United Kingdom in 1951. The rolling hills, vast moorlands and fresh water lakes attract millions of visitors each year. Perfect for walkers and hikers, there are both fun and challenging walks that stretch across diverse landscapes with beautiful scenic views of the national park.

For more information on walks in Derbyshire, we recommend visiting the Peak District website or The Outdoor Guide for a full list of different walks.

History and Heritage

A trip to Derbyshire wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Chatsworth House. The stunning stately home stands on the east bank of River Derwent, which looks across rolling hills and valleys. Chatsworth has been home to the Cavendish family since the 16th century and inside contains collections of historic paintings, furniture, drawings, sculptures and other interesting artefacts.

For those who may not be interested in tours of the stately home, the house is surrounded by impressive parkland and gardens, so there is plenty of exploring to do outside.

Bolsover Castle is another popular attraction in Derbyshire. The fairy-tale Stuart mansion lies on the ruins of the 12th-century medieval castle. Visitors can explore the lavish rooms of the Little Castle, explore the terrace range and admire the views from the wall walk. Little ones can enjoy a fun play area in the beautiful grounds.

Family Friendly

For an action packed day for the whole family, visit Go Ape in Buxton in the Peak District. This is one of the highest Go Ape courses in the UK, which features one of the biggest swings. The adventure park includes a whole host of giant zip wires, nestled high up amongst the trees.

For those looking to explore heritage walks and underground caverns, the Heights of Abraham is a great attraction for the whole family. Situated in Matlock Bath, the attraction consists of a hilltop park on top of Masson Hill. The Heights of Abraham can be accessed by cable car, which has magnificent views of the Derwent Valley. Visitors can also stroll through the dramatic woodlands that overlook the Peak District.


For information on pubs with rooms in Derbyshire, scroll through our list of traditional inns and boutique style B&B’s in the area.


(Photo: ©VisitEngland/Alex Hare)  

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The Staff of Life

Ticknall, Derbyshire

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Devonshire Arms at Beeley

Chatsworth Estate, Derbyshire

The Devonshire Arms at Beeley, is a charming 18th Century village inn, located on the Chatsworth Estate. This...

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The Horse and Jockey

Alfreton, Derbyshire

The Horse and Jockey is a contemporary Gastro Pub and Hotel in Wessington, Alfreton, Derbyshire. It is...

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The Barley Mow

Bonsall , Derbyshire

The Barley Mow is a wonderful 200 year old pub who are steeped in history. They are perfectly situated in the...

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The Greyhound Hotel

Matlock, Derbyshire

The Greyhound is a characterful place to stay and is steeped in local history. They offer delicious food, an...

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Devonshire Arms at Pilsley

Chatsworth Estate, Derbyshire

The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley is a charming 18th Century village inn, located on the Chatsworth Estate. This...

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The Portland Hotel

Chesterfield, Derbyshire

The Portland Hotel, located in the town of Chesterfield, offers twenty two comfortable en-suite bedrooms and...

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The Old Hall Inn

High Peak, Derbyshire

The Old Hall Inn is a Derbyshire Pub of the Year, with on-trend decor and outstanding food based in the heart...

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The Unicorn Inn

Newton Solney , Derbyshire

The Unicorn Inn is situated in a village close to the town of Burton on Trent and the city of Derby.

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The Plough Inn

Hathersage, Derbyshire

Situated in the Peak District National Park, The Plough Inn is ideally situated as a base from which to...

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