More About Derbyshire
Derbyshire has something for every taste. Derbyshire holiday cottages are a great way to explore this fascinating county and there is an itinerary of activities for everyone. From family based adventures into the countryside to glamorous spa and shopping days, you can have it your way with holiday cottages in Derbyshire. Additionally the fresh produce from the Derbyshire region is abundant, so having your own self catering holiday cottage means you can prepare meals, for the entire clan, or just for two, you can have your holiday how you desire. From stately homes and castles to crafts fairs and museums, there are countless attractions to keep you busy in Derbyshire.
Derbyshire is dominated by the Peak District and this national park’s spectacular landscape and array of activities and attractions is an essential part of any trip to the county, but outside the park lies a wealth of rich history and a great deal of warm hospitality you need to sample as well. The countryside surrounding the Peak District is beautiful and home to a large number of grand castles and stately homes. The county’s two biggest urban centres of Derby and Chesterfield have their fair share of historic buildings and museums, and a great number of shops, restaurants, bars and clubs to keep you entertained all day and well into the night.
Things to Do in Derbyshire
With tens of millions of visitors per year, the Peak District is thought to be the second most-visited national park in the world. The park provides a backdrop for a huge variety of outdoor activities, everything from hiking to canoeing to rock climbing. Carsington Water and other reservoirs have centres where you can take part in water sports, while below ground you can enjoy natural caves like Peak Cavern. The towns and villages, meanwhile, are a treasure trove of antique shops, museums, and festivals, as well as providing you convenient access to many important historical sites like the Derwent Valley Mills and Chatsworth House, one of Britain's finest stately homes. Outside the Peak District, the landscape is characterised by high gritstone moorlands to the north of Derby, flat arable countryside to the south, and beyond that woodland of the National Forest. To the north you’ll want to check out the 12th Century Bolsover Castle and Elizabethan country houses like Hardwick Hall.
We want you to enjoy the best that Derbyshire has to offer and so here's a small selection of our favourite things to see and do;
Of the many stately homes in Derbyshire, this is one you just have to see. Hardwick Hall is one of the most significant Elizabethan country houses in England and a great example of English Renaissance style architecture. The building is located on a hilltop between Chesterfield and Mansfield, giving you wonderful views of the countryside. After looking at the artwork on display in the hall, you should take a walk around its extensive grounds and see the ruins of Hardwick Old Hall, a fine garden and an orchard.
The Crooked Spire
Chesterfield Parish Church has a very bizarre spire that you have to see to believe; it is twisted 45 degrees and leaning some nine feet to one side. Local myth and legend abound as to how the spire ended up in its current state. According to one theory, a blacksmith mis-shoed the Devil who leaped over the church in pain, hitting the spire and knocking it out of place. The spire is open to the public and you can climb up to its base, check it out and come up with your own theory as to how it happened.
Friar Gate Gaol - Derby
Luckily for the city’s criminals the Friar Gate Gaol is no longer in use, but luckily for you the cells still exist and have been turned into a small museum that tells its dark and bloody history. The gaol was the site of many hangings during the 18th and 19th Century. Not so luckily for you are the tales of how the site is haunted by the ghosts of those who died in the hangman’s noose.
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