Looking for things to do in Derbyshire this weekend?
If you’re staying with us at The George Hotel, the question isn’t so much ‘what shall we do this weekend?’ but ‘what do we have time to fit in?’
There’s a plethora of things to do in Derbyshire – here are our favourite 10:
Peak Cavern (6 miles, 11 minutes)
If you are looking for unique or unusual things to do in Derbyshire, Peak Cavern is perfect. There are guided tours of the cave available as well as two underground experiences. A trip to Peak Cavern gives you the opportunity to have an insight into the historic rope-making that used to take place there.
Chatsworth House (9 miles, 17 minutes)
This stunning house boasts fine art, paintings, fine furniture, sculptures and more. Chatsworth House is home to a 1,000 acre park open to the public for most of the year, with sheep, cattle and deer wandering around.
Heights of Abraham (17 miles, 32 minutes)
When it comes to fun things to do in Derbyshire, the Heights of Abraham takes some beating. Across 60 acres of woodland, there are plenty of things to do including walking trails, cable cars, tours of caverns, exhibitions, play areas and more.
Matlock Bath Aquarium (17 miles, 32 minutes)
When looking for things to do in Derbyshire with the family, make sure Matlock Bath Aquarium is on the to-do list. Fifty different species of fish are housed inside the Victorian building, as well as a thermal pool containing a carp collection, a gemstone and fossil display, a large hologram display and an exhibition on Matlock Bath itself.
Gulliver’s Kingdom (18 miles, 33 minutes)
Gulliver’s Kingdom theme park in Matlock Bath is aimed at children aged 2-13, making it a perfect family day out. Open from 10.30am to 5pm every day during school holidays, it promises a fun-filled day with rides including a log flume and a pirate play area.
Bolsover Castle (20 miles, 39 minutes)
Another great family attraction, the Stuart mansion’s wall walk boasts stunning views over Derbyshire. Discover the Little Castle rooms, terrace range as well as enjoying the extensive grounds. The fun play area makes it a great place to visit with the family.
Hardwick Hall (22 miles, 39 minutes)
A day trip to Hardwick Hall lets you discover the birthplace of Bess of Hardwick. She was one of the richest women during Elizabethan England. Whilst touring the four floors of the Elizabethan country house you can enjoy stunning views over the Derbyshire countryside.
Carsington Water (24 miles, 46 minutes)
One of the best free things to do in Derbyshire, if you enjoy the great outdoors and wildlife, then Carsington Water is for you. The large reservoir has a wide range of wildlife habitats with wildflower meadows, ponds, reedbeds, native woodlands and more. Activities available include water sports, cycling, walks and bird watching.
Kedleston Hall (32 miles, 57 minutes)
Home to the Curzon family since the 12th century, this neo-classical mansion is surrounded by historic parkland that was a location in the film ‘The Duchess’.
Calke Abbey (58 miles, 1 hour 16 minutes)
Calke Abbey country house estate is a great option when looking for family days out in Derbyshire. As well as the country house, there are walks around the nature reserve and Spuirt’s Stable offers fun activities for families.