Peak District Attractions

Some of the main Peak District attractions …

The Peak District National Park was created in 1951 but it had been attracting visitors long before that. Prior to the 19th century, tourism was restricted to the rich. Once it became more accessible to the masses, people flocked to all areas of the UK. From the outset, the Peak District was popular, probably because of its central location and proximity to Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Derby and Nottingham. Naturally locals (and incomers) developed various attractions to capitalise on this.

General

Tourist information centres in the Peak District

Restaurants and other places to eat out.

Stunning scenery and interesting towns

Peak District Heritage Centres

Well Dressings

Stately homes and gardens

Calke Abbey

Cascades Gardens, Bonsall

Chatsworth

Eyam Hall

Haddon Hall

Lea Rhododendron Gardens

Kedleston Hall

National Trust Properties

Peveril Castle

Renishaw Hall and Gardens

Industrial heritage and archaeology

Archaeology

Arkwright’s Mill at Cromford

Magpie Mine

High Peak Trail

Monsal Trail

Belper Mill (World Heritage site)

Peak District stone circles

Art/Museums/Natural History

Derbyshire Arts centre

Buxton museum and art gallery

Bakewell Old House Museum

Life in a Lens at Matlock Bath

Tramway village

Derby Arboretum

Wirksworth Heritage Centre

Railways

Churnet Valley, Peak Rail and more

Crich Tramway Village

Caves

Buxton  – Pooles Cavern

Castleton area – Speedwell Cavern, The Devil’s Arse, Blue John mines

Matlock Bath area – Heights of Abraham and the Great Masson Cavern

Kid’s stuff and theme parks

Alton Towers

Chestnut Centre

Gulliver’s Kingdom

Matlock Farm Park

National Stone Centre

Steeple Grange Light Railway

Accommodation

Bed and breakfast

Hotels

Self catering