In the Peaks:
There are a number of family owned stately homes in the area as well as a number of National Trust and English Heritage properties.
Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall are two of the most famous Estates in the area and have been the location for numerous film and television programmes. National Trust properties nearby include Hardwick Hall, Sudbury Hall and Ilam Hall and the English Heritage Bolsover Castle is also worth a visit.
Admire some of the spectacular homes & gardens in the area.
There's a fairytale quality to Bolsover Castle that makes it a firm favourite with anyone looking for a great value day out. The highlights of the English Heritage property include the sumptuously painted walls and ceilings of the Little Castle, intricately carved fireplaces and the magnificent indoor Riding House. They have events throughout the year.
The world famous and spectacular Chatsworth House is a must see attraction when visiting the Peak District. There is always something new to see and do in the house, garden, farmyard and adventure playground. Experience a taste of Chatsworth in the shops, restaurants and award winning farm shop, or explore the beautiful 1000 acre park. Ask at reception about our discounted tickets and special offers.
St Mary and All Saints, the Crooked Spire Church, was built in the late 13th Century and finished around 1360. It’s the largest church in Derbyshire. The Spire stands 228 feet from the ground and leans 9 feet 5 inches from its true centre. Daily tours of the Tower to the base of the 'Crooked Spire' take place Monday to Saturday from Easter to Christmas.
Haddon Hall has welcomed visitors for hundreds of years and its beauty and atmosphere never fails to enchant. Parts of the house date from the 12th Century and is described as “the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages.” Sitting like a jewel in its Elizabethan terraced gardens and overlooking the River Wye, film-makers flock to Haddon Hall to use it.
Hardwick Hall and Gardens
Hardwick Hall is a National Trust property and offers visitors a year round experience, including the picturesque parkland walks and plenty of family friendly activities. It was created by Bess of Hardwick in the late 1500s and was deliberately designed to symbolise Bess' wealth and status and push the boundaries of architectural design.
Visitors are taken on a guided tour around the windmill which is the only working six-sailed stone tower windmill in England. During the tour you will discover the history of Heage Windmill, how the miller controls the mill, how stoneground flour is traditionally milled along with many anecdotes about the life of a miller. You can also buy some flour!
Ilam Park is owned by the National Trust and is a great place for families and dog walkers, with gentle riverside walks, stunning gardens and the popular Manifold tea rooms. They often have family friendly events during school holidays and it is also a great base to walk to Dovedale and Thorpe Cloud.
Lea Gardens is a Rhododendron Garden just outside the village of Lea. The Garden covers approximately three and a half acres and has over 500 varieties of rhododendrons, azaleas and other plants. The Garden is open to the public for viewing and plant sales and thee is a very popular tea room.
The imposing ruins of Peveril Castle stand high above the pretty village of Castleton. A climb to the castle at the top of the hill to enjoy the breathtaking views over the Hope Valley is a highlight of a family day out in Castleton. Explore the remains of the keep including the garderobe (medieval lavatory)!
Renishaw Hall and Gardens
Renishaw Hall is a truly beautiful place to visit. The estate has been in the Sitwell family for almost 400 years and has magnificent gardens, a vine year and offers tours of the stunning House. There is also a visitor centre and a cafe.
Sudbury Hall Museum of Children
The National Trust Museum of Childhood is a delight for all ages. Watch your children discovering something new, or relive nostalgic memories by exploring the childhoods of times gone by. You can be a chimney sweep or a Victorian pupil and be captivated by archive film and interactive displays.
Tissington Hall was built in 1609 by Francis FitzHerbert whose family still reside at the Hall. For over 400 years the Hall has presided over the picturesque Estate Village and there are several visitor days when the listed building is open to the public.