Places to visit

Attractions in and around Matlock and the Peak District

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Matlock and the surrounding area offer a wide choice of activities and places of interest to visit. Tansley has no less than six garden centres and nurseries on its doorstep. Visit the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve in the Peak District.

Chatsworth House
Seat of the Dukes of Devonshire; a fabulous house set in acres of beautiful parkland. Gardens and fountains abound.

Haddon Hall
The home of Lord Edward Manners; a medieval gem - not to be missed.

Hardwick Hall
More glass than wall...the old saying goes. Built by Bess of Hardwick in Elizabethan times.

Lea Rhododendron Gardens
A fine collection of Rhododendrons and azaleas. Open mid March to July Coffee shop. Tel: 01629 534260

The National Tramway Village and Museum 
Take vintage tram rides through period streets and admire the breathtaking views over the stunning Derwent Valley.

Matlock Garden Centre
In Tansley is extensive and sells everything from fish to garden furniture. Coffee shop.

The Matlocks Information Guide
What to do and a comprehensive history of the area.

Matlock delights in both a challenging and scenic 18 hole moorland course. Phone the pro's shop for green fees, tee times etc. 01629 584934

Derwent Valley Heritage Way
Discover the beauty and heritage of Derbyshire's River Derwent by walking the 55 miles of the Derwent Valley Heritage Way. Shardlow Marina to Ladybower Reservoir

Walking in Derbyshire
A comprehensive online list of walks, maps and instructions for the surrounding area of Tansley and the Matlocks

Heights of Abraham
From the spectacular Cable Cars at Matlock Bath ride high above Matlock Bath to underground exploration in the caves.

Midland Railway Butterley
Vintage steam passenger train rides and museum...or book a course to drive a full sized steam or diesel locomotive.

Peak Rail Matlock
Once part of the Midland Railway's line between Manchester Central and London St Pancras

Carsington Water
Whatever your age you'll always find something to do... canoeing... walking... windsurfing... birdwatching. The list is endless!

Ogston Bird Club
Runs on an informal basis whilst meeting the needs of bird watching right across the ornithological spectrum. Around 234 species of birds have been seen and recorded around Ogston reservoir and Carr Wood recording areas.

Among the birds target="_blank"look out for the redstart, easily identifiable by its orange-red tail; and the lively white-chested dipper, which bobs its way along streams searching for the shallows.

Retail Outlets

John Smedley - Lea Bridge
selling ladies' and gents' fine knitwear

Peak Village - Rowsley - Outlet Shopping Centre

McArthur Glen - Outlet Shopping Centre, M1 Exit 28

Denby Pottery Visitor Centre - Denby Pottery Factory Shop

The Peak District

Peak District Accommodation in DerbyshireIn 1951, the Peak District was the first designated National Park in Great Britain. Yew Tree Cottage, providing luxury bed and breakfast accommodation, in the area, is an ideal retreat for a short stay or a longer visit.

The Peak District covers some 500 square miles of the Southern Pennines and houses the start of The Pennine Way, in Edale but its prime function was to preserve the natural and outstanding beauty of the landscape and to help people enjoy its facilities.

Try our Award Winning B&B at Yew Tree Cottage on the S E corner of the of the Peak District in the Derbyshire Dales and sample its delights. By 1988 the Peak District was recciving around 16 million visitors a year but 20 years later that figure has nearly doubled.

The sites of the disused railway tracks provide the routes for the Peak District’s Tissington & High Peak Trails; some 25 miles to cycle, horse ride or walk. Middleton Top Engine House, in the Peak District and only minutes away from Yew Tree Cottage luxury Guest Accommodation, is at the start of the Peak District’s High Peak Trail. The Peak District boasts nearly 2,000 miles of footpaths – savour and enjoy the rugged scenery of Peak District or the beauty of the Derbyshire Dales while staying at our Peak District guest house.

Derbyshire Dales Nature Reserve

Tucked under Manchester, the Peak District is one of England's prettiest parts whatever the weather or time of year. Here you will find the Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve, its five limestone valleys filled with wildlife.

Springtime visitors can take in the blooms of early purple orchids and cowslips, just two of the 45 species of plants you'll find on the grasslands.

Not surprisingly, the area plays host to a diverse insect population: 20 species of butterfly live here, including the endangered northern brown Argus butterfly and shimmering, metallic-green cistus forester day-flying moth. The Dales woodland reveals more natural treats.

Among the birds look out for the redstart, easily identifiable by its orange-red tail; and the lively white-chested dipper, which bobs and dashes its way along streams searching for the shallows.