Peak District

Family Fun

There are many great places to visit in the local area that all the family will enjoy. 

Attractions include the Heights of Abraham in Matlock Bath which is a truly unique experience as you take a cable car ride high above the Derwent Valley and Crich Tramway museum which has over 60 trams to ride and admire and is set within a period village. There are also numerous National Trust properties close by and the magnificent Chatsworth House. If you fancy a thrill seeking day out then Alton Towers which includes CBeebies Land and Splash Landings and Gulliver's Kingdom are also close by. 

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Make the most of your holiday with a fun family day out!

Brackenfield Alpacas


There are lots of unique activities to enjoy during a holiday at Darwin Forest including Alpaca walking! Spend two hours in the beautiful countryside with Brackenfield Alpacas and learn all about these beautiful creatures, take them for a walk and help feed them lunch!

Runaway train at Alton Towers

Alton Towers & Cbeebies Land

At Alton Towers and CBeebies Land you will find thrill seeking rollercoasters, live shows and a range of familiar characters at CBeebies Land.  Ask at reception about our discounted tickets and special offers.

    Sailing boats on Carsington Reservoir

    Carsington Water

    Carsington Water is located between Matlock and Ashbourne and provides a great family day out with cycle trails, picnic area and an adventure playground. You can also take to the water and go sailing, windsurfing, kayaking or fishing.

      Stalactites hanging from the ceiling of a cavern

      Castleton Caverns

      There are a number of caverns to explore in the picturesque village of Castleton including the Blue John Cavern which is home to an extremely rare and beautiful stone, Peak Cavern (known as Devil's Arse) and Speedwell Cavern, which includes an underground boat ride. 

        Family having a picnic next to the emperor fountain at Chatsworth with the House in the background

        Chatsworth House

        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.

          Horse drawn tram travelling past vintage cars

          Crich Tramway Museum

          The National Tramway Museum at Crich features over 60 trams that will transport you through the beautiful Derbyshire countryside. There is also a period village containing a pub, cafe, old-style sweetshop, fantastic playground and woodland walk. Take an amazing trip back in time. Ask at reception about our discounted tickets and special offers.

            Cromford mill set in the background with waterfall in the forefront

            Cromford Canal and Arkwight Mills

            Sir Richard Arkwright’s Cromford Mills and the Cromford Canal were at the heart of the industrial revolution. The canal provides a pleasant walk or canal boat ride whilst at the mills you can explore the heritage of the site as well as visit numerous shops and attractions.

              Steam engine approaching a tunnel

              Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

              The Ecclesbourne Valley is one of Derbyshire’s most lovely and unspoilt valleys, stretching from the northern outskirts of Derby, at Duffield, to Wirksworth, an ancient market town known as the Gem of the Peak. Take a steam train back in time on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

                Stone cottages in the village of eyam

                Eyam Plague Museum

                In 1665 a tailor ordered cloth from London and unwittingly triggered a chain of events that led to 260 Eyam villagers dying from the bubonic plague – double the mortality rate of London. At Eyam Plague Museum you can learn about the sacrifice the villages made to prevent the disease spreading.

                  Gullivers rollercoaster

                  Gulliver's Kingdom

                  For a fantastic day out visit Gulliver's Kingdom in Matlock Bath, a theme park specially designed for children aged between 2 and 13. It is great family entertainment and includes a theme park, Spy Zone and Nerf zone. Ask at reception for discounted tickets and great special offers.

                    Cable cars travelling from the valley of matlock bath to the heights of abraham

                    Heights of Abraham

                    At the Heights of Abraham you can explore limestone caverns, adventure playgrounds and enjoy spectacular views - you also get to arrive on a cable car! There is also a restaurant, visit information and shop. Ask at reception about specials offers and our great value discounted tickets!

                      Children in hard hats at the peak district mining museum

                      Peak District Lead Mining Museum

                      Lead ore has been mined in the Peak District since before Roman times and many families used to earn a living from mining. Discover more about this industry and how it shaped the landscape at the Peak District Lead Mining Museum and experience underground conditions at the authentic 1920s Temple Mine.

                        Steam train

                        Peak Rail

                        Peak Rail welcomes you to journey back to a bygone age and experience the thrill of steam and diesel on our preserved railway, operating between Rowsley South and Matlock Platform 2 for a distance of 4 miles. Open to the public throughout the year and for special events.

                          Feeding the penguins at Peak Wildlife park

                          Peak Wildlife Park

                          Get up-close and personal with the Peak District Wildlife Park's animal walk-throughs. Inspire your kids and let them come face to face with lemurs, penguins, wallabies and more! Experience the animals' unique habitats from within and take a walk on the wild side. Ask at Reception about our special offers and discounted tickets.

                            Stalactites and stalagmites in Pooles Cavern

                            Poole's Cavern

                            Poole's Cavern is a 2 million year old, natural limestone cave on the edge of Buxton in the Peak District. Take a journey beneath the earth with our expert guides and see how crystal stalactites have lined the chambers. Stroll through beautiful woodland trails to a panoramic Peak District viewpoint.

                              Steeple grange light railway

                              Steeple Grange Light Railway

                              The Steeple Grange Light Railway is an 18-inch gauge line near Wirksworth. Passengers are carried in an old National Coal Board manrider as you enjoy a unique twenty minute train ride through dramatic limestone scenery; hear about why and how the railway was built and discover fossils and wild flowers.

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