The Peak District’s spectacularly beautiful landscape has been the inspiration for writers and artists for centuries; as far back as the 17th Century, philosophers were penning poems eloquently recounting the area’s natural wonders. Today the Peak District continues to be the setting for books, TV and film, and we're certain you will find the area no less inspirational. The landscape is the backdrop for a huge variety of outdoor activities, while you’ll find its towns and villages are a treasure trove of unique antique shops, museums, and festivals. Outside the urban areas you’ll see some of Britain’s finest stately homes alongside important heritage sites such as the Derwent Valley Mills and ancient ruins.
Places to go in The Peak District
With tens of millions of visitors per year, the Peak District is thought to be the second most-visited national park in the world, helped by its accessibility from neighbouring metropolitan centres such as Manchester, Sheffield and Derby. A significant proportion of the tourists come to take part in outdoor activities, and there are many for you to get involved in. There is an extensive network of public trails and large open-access areas like the Pennine Way for hiking, biking and horse-riding, while Carsington Water and other reservoirs are centres for watersports including sailing, fishing, canoeing and windsurfing. In addition, Grit stone outcrops such as Stanage Edge and The Roaches are recognised as some of the finest rock climbing sites in the world, and below ground potholers can enjoy natural caves like Peak Cavern. You’ll find the area’s towns and villages just as much fun, offering cafes, restaurants, independent shops, markets, museums, galleries, theatres and more.
Our Top Picks in The Peak District
We want you to enjoy the best that the Peak District has to offer and so here's a small selection of our favourite things to see and do;
The Heights of Abraham
The popular Heights of Abraham tourist attraction consists of a hilltop park on top of Masson Hill from Matlock Bath. The slow journey from Matlock Bath up to the summit allows you to take in some incredible views of the surrounding landscape, and once you are at the top you can explore the cave and mine which form part of the park.
Chatsworth House and Gardens
One of Britain's best loved historic houses and estates, Chatsworth is a magnificent 16th Century mansion on the east bank of the River Derwent overlooking expansive parkland and backed by wooded, rocky hills. Inside is an impressive collection of art including paintings, furniture, sculptures and more. You’ll love its spectacular fountains and children's farm.
Poole's Cavern and Country Park
There is nowhere better to explore the Peak District’s renowned caves than Poole's Cavern. Expert guides will take you through the vast caves' system, whilst you have fun exploring the stalactites and stalagmites and learning how they were created and the cave’s importance to the area. Above ground is a beautiful country park with woodlands which you’ll find a joy to walk around with many ideal spots for a picnic.
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