The Peak District makes for a great retreat as there are plenty of things to do in the area. Many people travel to the area and find themselves looking for the best things to do in the Peak District this weekend in order to keep themselves busy. There are great free things to do as well as paid attractions to choose from.
The George Hotel in Hathersage is situated in the Peak District making it the perfect place to stay during your visit to the area. You can relax in one of our luxuriously furnished rooms from standard rooms to superior rooms available. As well as a relaxing stay, you can enjoy fine dining in our award winning restaurant.
Below we have listed some of the best things to do in the Peak District:
The top attractions in the Peak District
Matlock Farm Park
One of the best things to do in the Peak District for families is to spend a day out at Matlock Farm Park. The venue has a wide range of animals that are friendly and the whole family can enjoy interactive activities in the fresh countryside. The range of animals includes: meerkats, alpaca, llama, goats, sheep, deer, pigs, chickens and more. There are plenty of activities that children can enjoy from bottle feeding lambs, to pony rides or playing on the indoor play area. Homemade meals and snacks are available at the licensed cafe on site.
Denby Pottery Village
Denby Pottery Village is one of the top things to do in the Peak District. The venue is next to the working pottery and is open all year round. Every day craft room tours of the pottery are available and factory tours are available Monday to Thursday. The Denby tours are fully guided and provide an opportunity to participate in ‘hands on activities’ that are suitable for all. The Denby factory shop on site gives you a great opportunity to pick up some bargains with discounted products from new and discontinued patterns. The venue is also home to gift shops, an onsite restaurant, a small museum, outdoor play area and more.
White Peak Distillery
The White Peak Distillery was founded in 2016 and is a full-scale craft distillery. The distillery is surrounded by lovely woodland walks and natural beauty spots such as Shining Cliff. You can enjoy tours around the distillery that makes whisky, gin as well as other spirits. The tours provide an opportunity to learn about the Johnson & Nephew Wire Works which previously occupied the site since 1876. You can sample the single malt spirit as well as their gin during White Peak Distillery tasting tours. It makes for an interesting day out in the Peak District.
Shipley Country Park
One of the best things to do in the Peak District is to enjoy the great outdoors. Shipley Country Park offers exactly that. It is a great day out that will please all of the family. The park is home to play areas, great walks, fishing spots, seasonal events, an outdoor gym, running routes, cycling routes and horse riding routes. The meadows, hills and lakes are full of stunning wildlife for you to discover. Whilst at the park you can also pop in to the Arts and Crafts shop as well as the coffee shop on site.
Treak Cliff Cavern
Treak Cliff Cavern is home to a wide range of stalactites and stalagmites, rocks, minerals and fossils. The Blue John Stone mineral can only be found at Treak Cliff Hill where large deposits are visible. You can enjoy tours of the cavern as well taking in the history of the caverns in the museum.
Crich Tramway Village
Crich Tramway Village is one of the best family attractions in the Peak District. The venue is home of The National Tramway Museum and visitors can enjoy vintage tram rides through time as well as into stunning countryside views. You can also visit the exhibitions and watch trams being restored.
Elvaston Castle Country Park
A day out at Elvaston Castle Country Park is one of the best things to do in the Peak District if you enjoy history. Elvaston Castle was redesigned in the early 1800s, with the original house dating back to 1633. You can take in the formal gardens and enjoy the parkland. There is plenty for the family to enjoy with children’s play areas, trails, a lake and a nature reserve. Throughout the year the venue also hosts events and festivals.
Chatsworth House is one of the most popular Peak District attractions. Explore 24 rooms around the house featuring art from thousands of years ago. You can wander around the stunning gardens that are home to many water features and sculptures. The Chatsworth Gardens are over 105 acres.
Ridge Walk: Mam Tor to Losehill
If you enjoy the outdoors and walking, this is the best thing to do in Peak District for you. It is an iconic walking route that presents you with stunning views over the rural landscape of the Peak District. It is a walking route that is suitable for all abilities as the stone footpath takes you up the steady gradient of the Mam Tor hill. Once at the summit of Mam Tor, you can walk along the ridge to the top of Back Tor and Lose Hill to see more stunning views.
Stanage Edge is a popular destination throughout the year and is very popular with climbers and walkers alike. It is located in the Peak District National Park and is the largest of the gritstone edges overlooking Hathersage. It stretches for around 6km. There are challenging rock climbs as well as stunning views across the countryside.
Whilst in the Peak District you can discover the inspiration for a variety of locations in the novel ‘Jane Eyre’ written by Charlotte Bronte. The real Eyre family lived in Hope Valley and North Lees Hall, which is near to The George Hotel, is thought to be featured in the novel as ‘Thomfield Hall.’ She visited the area in 1845 and the ‘Jane Eyre’ novel inspired by the area was first published in 1847.
The ruins of Peveril Castle sit above the village of Castleton. Panoramic views can be enjoyed from the top of the hill overlooking Hope Valley. The castle is one of England’s earliest Norman fortresses and is now an English Heritage property. The visitor centre is home to information and displays telling the history of the castle and the Royal Forest of the Peak.