Chatsworth Country House: Circa 4 miles from Gooseberry Barn, this ‘Palace of the Peaks’ is a must. House, gardens, parklands, shops, restaurant, farmyard and adventure playground.
Haddon Hall: Nr Bakewell One of England’s oldest and most romantic houses (also famous for its rose gardens). Used in the film set for Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre.
Hardwick Hall: Built by ‘Bess of Hardwick’, the richest woman in Elizabethan England. The house is remarkable for being almost unchanged since Bess lived there. There are outstanding collections of 16th Century embroidery, tapestries, furniture and portraits. Walled courtyards enclose fine gardens, orchards and a large herb garden.
Bakewell: This pretty market town (including agricultural market) is well worth a visit. Circa 25 mins from Holmesfield and lovely for a walk by the river to watch the ducks and swans whilst you build up an appetite for its famous 'Bakewell Pudding' - not to be mistaken for a Bakewell tart which is significantly different!
Buxton: Historic spa town founded by the Romans, visit the Victorian Pavilion Gardens, Buxton Opera House, the market and/or the shopping arcade.
Chesterfield: Famed for the crooked spire on its 13th Century Church, this market town is home to the Pomegranite Theatre, Queens Park, and of course shopping and restaurants.
Castleton: This pretty village nestles at the bottom of Winnets Pass and is the home of the semi-precious ‘Blue John’ stone. Purchase Blue John gifts in the shops and visit the various caverns, including the ‘Mighty Titan’, the largest cave in the UK.
Matlock/Matlock Bath: Set in a gorge alongside the River Derwent, this former 19th Century Spa town developed an inland ‘seaside’ resort image with its amusements, shops, cafes and museums. Watch out for the illuminations on the river.
Eyam: The most northern village hit by the plague in 1665-1666. Visit Eyam Hall, historic house and craft centre, and learn the history of the village and its inhabitants.
Sheffield: Whether it's the steel history and heritage, art galleries and museums, the Lyceum and Crucible theatres, the glass Winter Gardens, or the shopping, Sheffield has a lot to offer. It has fabulous sports/leisure facilities, including an Olympic size swimming/leisure pool complete with water slides at Ponds Forge.
Most of Derbyshire is ‘picture postcard’ material but we have picked out just a few of our favourites below. With its beautiful scenery and rolling hills, the Peak District and Derbyshire are the perfect setting for walking, cycling and of course mountain biking.
Derwent Valley Reservoirs: Stunning scenery, these dams are where the famous 617 Squadron practised for the dam raids in World War 2. There is still a fly past every year by a Lancaster, Vulcan and a Spitfire.
Winnats Pass, Castleton
Lathkill Dale, Monsal Dale, Dovedale
Crich Tramway Museum: Take a tram ride through time at this tramway museum near Matlock.
Chatsworth Adventure Playground: Great for children!
Denby Pottery, Visitor Centre and Factory Shop: Circa 30 miles away (go through Buxton) but if you are a collector, go there for discounts of up to 75% off clearance lines and discontinued stock.
Cresswell Crags, Welbeck, Worksop: World famous archaeological site, home to Britain’s only known Ice Age cave art. Offering cave tours along with café and interactive museum area
The Heights of Abraham and Gullivers Kingdom: At Matlock Bath visit the Heights of Abraham for cable cars, caverns and hilltop park or Gullivers Kingdom for a family theme park.
Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre: Located in North Anston, Sheffield, go and see the alligator basking by his pool, watch exotic butterflies and birds, hold a python, watch the meercats, fly a hawk or cuddle baby chicks and kittens!
Caudwells Mill: Visit this working Craft Centre and Country Parlour Café, at Rowsley, near Bakewell.
Meadowhall, Sheffield: One of the largest shopping malls in Europe and only 25mins away from Gooseberry Barn
Peak Village Outlet Shopping Centre, Rowsley: A modest-sized shopping outlet selling all sorts from clothes to bedding to food. On the A6 out of Bakewell towards Matlock.
McArthur Glen Shopping Centre, Huthwaite: Junction 28 on the M1. A modest shopping mal including many high street shops at discounted prices (eg Jaegar, Next etc).