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Mercia, sometimes spelled Mierce , was one of the kingdoms of the Anglo-Saxon heptarchy, in what is now the Midlands region of England, with its heart in the Trent valley and its tributary streams. This site shows  places of Interest & Events in  Derbyshire.
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According to sources such as the History of Bede, after the invasion of Britannia, the Angles split up and founded the kingdoms of the Nord Angelnen (Northumbria), Ost Angelnen (East Anglia), and the Mittlere Angelnen (Mercia).  Confirmation is afforded by English and Danish traditions relating to two kings named Wermund and Offa of Angel, from whom the Mercian royal family claimed descent and whose exploits are connected with Angeln, Schleswig, and Rendsburg. Danish tradition has preserved record of two governors of Schleswig, father and son, in their service, Frowinus (Freawine) and Wigo (Wig), from whom the royal family of Wessex claimed descent. During the 5th century, the Anglii invaded Great Britain, after which time their name does not recur on the continent except in the title of Suevi Angili.
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The area that is now Derbyshire was first occupied between the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods of the Stone Age when Mesolithic hunter gatherers roamed the hilly tundra. The evidence of these nomadic tribes is centred around limestone caves located on the Nottinghamshire border. Desposits left in the caves date the occupancy at around 12,000 to 7,000  

Burial mounds of Neolithic settlers are also situated throughout the county. These chambered tombs were designed for collective burial and are mostly located in the central Derbyshire region.  There are tombs in Minning Low, and Five Wells, which date back to between 2000 and 2500 BCE Three miles west of Youlgreave lies the Neolithic henge monument of Arbor Low, This can be dated back to 2500 BCE.

It is not until the Bronze Age that real signs of agriculture and settlement are found in the county. In the moors of the Peak District signs of clearence, arable fields and hut circles were discovered after archeological investigation. However this area and another settlement at Swarkestone are all that have been found

Map of Derbyshire During the Roman invasion the invadors were attracted to Derbyshire because of the lead ore in the limestone hills of the area. They settled throughout the county with forts built near Brough in Hope Valley and near Glossop. Later they settled around Buxton, famed for it's warm springs, and set up a fort near modern day Derby in a area now known as Little Chester.

The name Derby comes from  Anglo-Saxon and means deer '+' habitation.The Anglo-Saxon Derby may have been in existence, as far back as post Roman times where Derventio was still a commercial centre.  It is possible late Romano Britons invited some Anglo-Saxons of their own and had them dwell just over the hill -out of sight of Derventio.  Repton is known and sign posted as the capital of Mercia. Actually it is believed that Repton was the religous Capital and Tamworth the administrative Capital. St Wystans Church contains a unique Saxon crypt which is one of the most important surviving pieces of Saxon architecture in England. Repton church was the burial place of Mercian Kings. It dates from around 750 AD and contains the tombs of King Ethelbald of Mercia(ad757), King Wiglaf in AD840 and his grandson St Wystan who was brutally murdered. The crypt became a place of pilgramage.

 The Anglo-Saxon occupation was ended by the arrival of the Vikings, in AD875, who after capturing Repton turned their attentions on Northworthy. After gaining control of the Anglo-Saxon settlement, they settled in Derby.
Derby is by far the largest town in the county. Other towns of some importance are Alfreton, Ashbourne, Bakewell, Belper, Buxton, Chesterfield, Glossop, Heanor, Ilkeston, Long Eaton and Matlock. Click here to contact us

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Derbyshire County Show 28th June 2015 Elvaston, near Derby, DE72 3EP  -  The Derbyshire County Show offers entertainment for all the family with Main Ring attractions together with a variety of livestock shows, horse shows, vintage cars & tractors, dog shows, horticultural/floral art tent, craft village, trade stands and much more. We order the sunshine, well most of the time, to complement the many attractions of a Traditional County Show. Every year the organisers put a tremendous amount of thought and effort into the attractions for you the public to enjoy. 2015 will be no exception. So whether it’s the children, Mums and Dads, Grannies and Grandads – we are certain that you will have a day out to remember.

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Welcome to Ashbourne Tourist Information Centre in Derbyshire. If you are looking for information on Ashbourne or on nearby places such as Stoke-on-Trent, Burton-on-Trent, Uttoxeter, Derby and Stone then please call us and see if we can help.
13 Market Place , Ashbourne , Derbyshire  DE6 1EU
Tel: 01335 343666 Fax: 01335 300638
At Bakewell Tourist Information Centre, we are here to help you. We have information on everything from the Derbyshire town of Bakewell to other nearby places such as Butxon, Matlock and the Peak District National Park in which Bakewell is located.
Old Market Hall , Bridge Street , Bakewell , Derbyshire DE4 1DS
Tel: 01629 816 558 Fax: 01629 814 782
Buxton Tourist Information Centre is situated in the peaceful town of Buxton, surrounded by the Peak District National Park. There are a lot of tourist attractions in the area including Poole’s Cavern and Solomon’s Temble along with Chatsworth House, Magpie Mine and Arbor Low Stone Circle in the Peak District.
The Crescent , Buxton , Derbyshire SK17 6BQ
Tel: 01298 25106 Fax: 01298 73153
Caslteon Visitor Centre is situated right in the heart of the village. Each month the centre houses a different display in its exhibition room, which shows off the talents of local artists, photographers and crafts people. There is also a full tourist information service from an experienced team. Opening timea: 10am - 5.30pm daily
Buxton Road, Castleton, Hope Valley
Peak District
Phone:  01433 620679
At Chesterfield Tourist Information Centre, we are here to help you. We have information on everything from Chesterfield in Derbyshire to other places such as nearby Sheffield, Worksop and Mansfield.
Rykneld Square , Chesterfield , Derbyshire S40 1SB
Tel: 01246 345 777 Alternate Tel: 01246 345 778 Fax: 01246 345 770
Discover more about Derby and the surrounding area at Derby Tourist Information Centre. Our information centre is packed with lots of useful travel & tourism information to help you plan your trip so if you’d like help with touring routes, are looking for bed & breakfast, hotel, self-catering or camping & caravanning accommodation, or want to know what tourist attractions you can visit, then call in and let us offer you some advice.
Assembly Rooms , Market Place , Derby , Derbyshire DE1 3AH
Tel: 01332 255802 Fax: 01332 256137
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Edale -The Moorland Centre (the Peak District National Park Information Centre) Fieldhead, Edale, Hope Valley S33 7ZA
Tel: 01433 670207
Fairholmes - Upper Derwent Valley
The centre is a joint venture between the Peak District National Park Authority and Severn Trent Water, forms part of a visitor complex including cycle hire, refreshment kiosk and ranger services. Can accommodate whellechair users and has disabled toilet facilities adjacent to the centre. Visitors can explore the fascinating history of the valley, take part in the range of activities available or just enjoy the refreshments. Just 500 metres from Derwent Dam
Upper Derwent Valley
Fairholmes, Bamford, Hope Valley S33 0AQ
Tel: 01433 650953
Glossop Tourist Information Centre is situated in the town of Glossop on the edge of the Peak District National Park and close to Manchester & Stockport.
The Heritage Centre , Bank House, Henry Street , Glossop , Derbyshire SK13 8BW
Tel: 01457 855 920 Fax: 01427 855 920
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Discover more about Matlock and the surrounding area including the Peak District National Park at Matlock Tourist Information Centre. The information centre contains lots of useful tourist information and helpful staff to help you plan your trip.
Crown Square , Matlock , Derbyshire DE3 3AT
Tel: 01629 583388 Fax: 01629 584131
Matlock Bath
Discover more about Matlock Bath and the surrounding Peak District National Park at Matlock Bath Tourist Information Centre situated close to Matlock town.
The Pavillion , Matlock , Derbyshire  DE4 3NR
Tel: 01629 55082 Fax: 01629 56304
New Mills Heritage Centre  Tel: 01663 746904
Ripley Tourist Information Centre is situated in the Derbyshire town of Ripley, close to Matlock, Mansfield, Eastwood, Hucknall and Belper. There are a number of tourist attractions in the area including the Midland railway, Denby Potteries, Wingfield Manor and Hardwick Hall near Mansfield.
Town Hall , Market Place , Ripley , Derbyshire  DE5 3BT
Tel: 01773 841 488  Alternate Tel: 01773 841 486 Fax: 01773 841 487
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Alfreton and District Heritage Centre
A local heritage centre covering the area around Alfreton. On display are a collection of photographs, paintings, maps and artefacts relating to the area or used by local householders. Books, postcards and videos published by the trust are on sale.
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Heritage Chapel
Rodgers Lane
Alfreton Derbyshire
DE55 7FF  
Tel: +44 (0) 1773 832349
Alfreton Hall
Alfreton Hall was built around 1724-25, close to the site of an older building, for George Morewood and was owned by the Palmer Morewood family, owners of many of the local coal mines, until 1957, when the Derbyshire County Council acquired it and surrounding land. They sold on four acres and the house to the Alfreton UDC in 1964. Most of the house was demolished in 1968, having been substantially weakened by mining subsidence. The remainder, the wing built by Benjamin Wilson in 1855, was converted into an arts and adult education centre. The land is now part of an attractive public park, providing facilities for swimming and other sports.
Alfreton Hall

Church Street, Alfreton,
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Alport Castles
Alport Castles are a landslip feature in the Peak District , said to be the largest landslide in the United Kingdom. They lie north of the Snake Pass and north west of Ladybower Reservoir. Alport Castles are part of the National Trust's High Peak Estate. Debris from the landslide has produced several mounds, the largest of which — the "Tower" — from a distance resembles a full scale motte and bailey castle.
Alport Castles
High Peak Estate Office, Edale End,
Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 6RF

Telephone: 01433 670368
Arbor Low
Arbor Low is a stone circle, or henge, positioned on a hilltop in the Derbyshire moorland, five miles South West of Bakewell. Neolithic in date, there are around fifty pillars of limestone laid on the ground where they once stood vertically. These are surrounded by a steep bank and ditch. Nearby is a barrow, or burial mound, named ‘Gib Hill’. Access is via a farm, where a donation may be requested. Sturdy shoes or walking boots are recommended.
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Arbor Low, Near Bakewell,
 Derbyshire DE45 1JS
Phone: +44 (0)1629 816200
Ardotalia (Melandra Castle)

Ardotalia (also known as Melandra, or Melandra Castle) is a Roman fort in Gamesley, near Glossop . Ardotalia was constructed by Cohors Primae Frisiavonum—The First Cohort of Frisiavones  Evidence for the existence of this unit exists not only from the building stone found at the site but also from various diplomas and other Roman writings . This unit would have had around a thousand men, including the specialist craftsmen needed to perform the skilled work of building the fort.This unit was assisted in constructing the fort by the 3rd Cohort of Bracara Augustani. These men were probably Iberian Celts from the colony of Braga in Portugal, who seem to have been attached to the XX Legion Valeria Victrix in Chester. Whilst it is unknown which of these Cohorts actually manned the fort it seems more likely that the 3rd Cohort of Bracara Augstani performed this duty, as they were from a hilly region and so were more experienced in holding terrain such as that found around Glossop. The Frisiavones were from low-lying lands beyond the Rhine and so may have been divided between the lower terrain of Manchester and Northwich. The First Cohort of Frisiavones were also present at Brocolitia, one of Hadrian's wall forts and settlements, at Carrawburgh, Northumberland. Evidence for this relies on an inscription on an altar stone, which tells us that Optio Maus (an NCO within the Cohort) had repaid a vow to the goddess Coventina. Whether this altar was the repayment of the vow is unknown.

From the centre of Glossop take the A57 towards Hyde, then at Dinting Vale turn left onto the A626 towards Marple. Go up the hill and after about 500 metres turn right, to follow the road which goes around the edge of the Gamesley council estate.


Ashbourne, south of the Peak District, is a small town famous for its Shrove Tuesday "football" match, which is played with the goals 3 miles apart and lasts from 2pm to 10 pm, unless a goal is scored before 5pm!. The match has hundreds of "players" and is more than a bit rough!The town itself has several buildings of note in its narrow streets, St Oswolds's church, famous for its white marble statue of a sleeping child, the old grammar school, almshouses, and the home of John Taylor, The Mansion Taylor was a friend of Dr Johnston who visited at the old coaching inn, Black's Head in the town. The other old inn is the Green Man.The town market is held on Thursday in the Market Square.A good base for exploring the Peak District to the north. Try a visit to the small village of Bradbourne, B5056 off A515 north of Ashbourne, with its Saxon Cross outside the church.The town is in the middle of Dove Dale, the border of Derbyshire and Staffordshire, the Dale follows the River Dove downstream from the Peak District to the Trent. Lots of villages to visit down small roads, with riverside walks , northwards try Ilam, with its country park, or Mapleton with the walk to Thorpe.
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13 Market Place , Ashbourne ,
Derbyshire  DE6 1EU

Tel: 01335 343666 Fax: 01335 300638
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No knowledge of Ashbourne is required as all clues are solved by observation.  Both young and old will be fascinated whilst getting out for a couple of hours seeing the sites and solving the clues. Children will enjoy beating adults to solve the clues!  We even supply a map just in case you get lost.  The answers are at the back of the book so you can check any unsolved ones before you leave.
The hunt starts at the Tourist Information Centre , Market Place, Ashbourne, DE6 1EU. From Ashbourne or just visiting, you will be surprised at how much you walk past without even noticing. We so often walk around blinkered without appreciating the great features which make our towns and cities fabulous. By following our hunt these things will be highlighted rather than hidden away. Our Ashbourne treasure hunt packs contain all the necessary elements for you need including maps, clues, answer sheet, and tips on how to get things going.

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Ashby Canal

Visit the one and a half miles of restored Ashby Canal stretching from Conkers to beyond Moira Furnace. Regular boat trips (ring to check - 01283 224667) through a swing bridge and first full sized lock on the canal.

Ashby Canal
Moira, Swadlincote,

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, a small town with busy roads, famous as the home of Bakewell Pudding or Tart made with raspberry jam, but which is the original recipe? two shops battle for the honour!Popular town to visit as Bakewell is the nearest town to the famous Chatsworth House, one of the most popular stately homes in England.The local showground hosts the yearly Bakewell Show in early August.Useful as a base for the area, visiting villages such as Winster and Birchover, tucked away south east off the A6.

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Old Market Hall , Bridge Street , Bakewell , Derbyshire DE4 1DS

Tel: 01629 816 558 Fax: 01629 814 782
Bakewell Old House Museum
A 16thC house with many original features containing 19thC costumes displayed on models, a Victorian kitchen, craftsmen's tools, farm implements, children's toys, lace work and items of local historical interest. Also included are cameras, Ashford marble and samplers.
Bakewell Old House
Cunningham Place,
Bakewell, DE45 1DD
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Bakewell Pudding Shop
A number of Bakewell pudding shops exist in Bakewell, however this is largely accepted to be the original, where the first ever pudding, or tart, was made. Set in a seventeenth Century building in the centre of the town, the shop sells not only their own puddings, but also other delicacies such as different types of bread and preserve. A restaurant on the first floor offers tasty snacks and meals using local produce.
Bakewell Pudding Shop
The Square, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1BT
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No prior knowledge of Bakewell is required as all clues are solved by observation.  Both young and old will be fascinated whilst getting out for a couple of hours seeing the sites and solving the clues. Children will enjoy beating adults to solve the clues!  We even supply a map just in case you get lost.  The answers are at the back of the book so you can check any unsolved ones before you leave.
The hunt starts at the Visitor information Centre, Bridge Street, Bakewell, DE45 1DS.From Bakewell or just visiting, you will be surprised at how much you walk past without even noticing. We so often walk around blinkered without appreciating the great features which make our towns and cities fabulous. By following our hunt these things will be highlighted rather than hidden away.Our Bakewell treasure hunt packs contain all the necessary elements for you need including maps, clues, answer sheet, and tips on how to get things going.

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Tel: 01629 816 558 Fax: 01629 814 782
Barlborough Hall
Sometimes described as the county's finest unspoilt Elizabethan country house, Barlborough Hall has stood to the north of Barlborough, a north-east Derbyshire village, for four centuries. The ornate, lantern-towered and mullioned structure was built for Lord Justice Francis Rodes to a design attributed to Robert Smythson in 1584.   Now adopted as a school it retains much of its original character.  The chapel and many of the teaching rooms are in the Central Hall, while the Jacobean stable outbuildings and domestic quarters house the Early Years department
Balborough Hall
Barlborough, Chesterfield,
 Derbyshire. S43 4TJ
tel: 01246 810511
Fax: 01246 570605
Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society
Welcome to the Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society. After many years of hard work by dedicated volunteers, the magnificent Midland Railway roundhouse at Barrow Hill that faced certain demolition now looks forward to a very bright future. We hope you will find something to interest you during your visit to the site of Britain's last operational roundhouse. Only a few years ago it seemed that "our" roundhouse would never see the 21st century - but here we are!
Barrow Hill Engine Shed

Campbell Drive, Barrow Hill,

Chesterfield, S43 2PR


tel :01246 - 472450
Belper River Gardens
A popular river gardens used as a film and TV location on many occasions. The beautiful gardens are situated by the River Derwent, 'The National Heritage Corridor'. There is a summer programme of band concerts and outdoor theatre and each July well dressings are displayed in the gardens. Visitors are able to hire a rowing boat or take a ride on a motor boat. The gardens are adjacent to the historic North Mill (now part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site which houses the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre.
Belper River Gardens
Matlock Road, Belper

Telephone: +44 01773 841482
Fax: +44 01773 841487
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Blue John Cavern

The Blue John Cavern is one of the four show caves in Castleton,  .The semi-precious mineral "Blue John" or "Derbyshire Spar" is mined from this cave. Although the cavern works as a show cave, the mineral is still worked here during the winter months. The miners who work the remaining seams act as guides for the underground tours.Blue John is a blue/purple and white/yellow banded variety of fluorite which locals will tell you is found nowhere else in the world other than this cave and the nearby Treak Cliff Cavern.  In the late 18th century a small local industry was centred on turning vases of Blue John, which might be mounted with ormolu as chimneypiece garnitures. A small amount of the rock is still mined and can be bought as jewellery in local shops.The earliest dated decorative application of Blue John is its use in marble fireplace panels designed by Robert Adam and installed in Kedleston Hall near Derby in 1762.The eight veins here are Twelve Vein, Old Dining Room, Bull Beef, New Dining Room, Five Vein, Organ Room New Cavern and Lanscape.

Blue John Cavern
The Blue John Cavern
Hope Valley
S33 8WP
Tel: 01433 620638
Bolsover Castle
Be transported back to the Golden Age of Chivalry and Romance. Set on a hilltop overlooking the Vale of Scarsdale, Bolsover Castle enjoys panoramic views over the beautiful Derbyshire countryside. Children will love the fairytale Little Castle, designed as a fantasy entertainment house with magnificent wall paintings. Visit the indoor Riding House where William, Duke of Newcastle indulged his passion for training horses in balletic movement. Wander round the beautiful Venus Garden, with its secluded love seats, 23 statues and fountain which plays again for the first time in centuries. There are also intriguing audio-visual displays to enjoy in the Discovery Centre.
Bolsover Castle
Bolsover, Derbyshire - S44 6PR
In Bolsover, 6 miles E of Chesterfield on A632. Off M1 at junction29

tel : 01246 822844
Bottle Kiln
A fine art gallery with a new exhibition every month. There is also a craft gallery with hand-crafted artefacts from around the world, a gift shop containing an excellent selection of cards, jewellery and general high-quality gift items. The Buttery cafe serve wholesome home-made food. All this is in an attractive landscaped setting with a Japanese garden and a unique renovated bottle-necked kiln.
Bottle Kiln Art Gallery
High Lane West
West Hallam Ilkeston
Derbyshire DE7 6HP
Tue-Sun, 1000-1700

tel: 01159329442
Fax: (0115) 930 9114
Bradbourne Hall

Bradbourne Hall, a greystone Elizabethan building with three gables, was once the home of the Buckston family. It was probably built by Henry Buckston or his son george who died in 1631, possibly on the site of a much older building. The Buckstons moved to Sutton on the Hill in the early part of the 19th century and the building was tenanted out. In 1929 an extension was added by the then owner L.W.Hodson. It remains a private residence.

Bradbourne Hall
Bradbourne in Derbyshire is an ancient village situated 4 miles north east of Ashbourne off the A5056 and stands high on a ridge between the valleys of Bradbourne Brook and Havenhill Dale, enjoying some fine views
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Bretby Hall

Bretby Hall is a country house at Bretby,  north of Swadlincote and east of Burton upon Trent. The name Bretby means "dwelling place of Britons".The first Bretby Hall was built in 1630 after Thomas Stanhope bought the manor of Bretby from the family of Stephen de Segrave, to whom it had been granted by Ranulph de Blondeville, 4th Earl of Chester.In 1628, his grandson Philip was made Earl of Chesterfield by King Charles I of England. From then on, Bretby Hall was the ancestral home of the Earls of Chesterfield.The second Earl was responsible for a complete restyling of the gardens so that some compared them favourably with the gardens at Versailles.The fifth Earl demolished the mansion and built the present Hall to a design by Sir Jeffry Wyatville.The sixth Earl, known as the "racing Earl", loved cricket and shooting, so he built a cricket pitch and raised game birds.The seventh Earl died without issue, and the estate revolved to his mother and through her to the wife of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, the famous egyptologist . In 1926, the Hall was sold to Derbyshire County Council and was run as an orthopaedic hospital until the 1990s when it was sold to a private developer, who has converted it into luxury apartments and suites.

Bretby Hall
Bretby, South Derbyshire

Buxton, developed as a Georgian spa and the buildings and some streets reflect the Georgian splendour. You can still "take the waters" at St Ann's Well, the water is warm!Largely developed in the Victorian era, it is still a popular town, the highest in England, on the edge of the Peak District National Park. Even if you are not walking, the town is well worth a visit.
Tourist and general chain stores in the town, plus specialist shops. Try the Spring Gardens Shopping Centre or the shops in the Market Place and High Street. Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays.Take a look at the Crescent with its Georgian facade, the Town Hall (1888), the Natural Bath building, as well as the restored Opera House. Box Office Telephone number is 01298 72190. A smaller theatre is at The Pauper's Pit, The Old Hall Hotel, The Square, Tel: 01298 72190Churches to note are St Marys Church and St Johns Church.

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The Crescent , Buxton , Derbyshire SK17 6BQ
Tel: 01298 25106 Fax: 01298 73153
Buxton Treasure Hunt
No prior knowledge of Buxton is required as all clues are solved by observation.  Both young and old will be fascinated whilst getting out for a couple of hours seeing the sites and solving the clues. Children will enjoy beating adults to solve the clues!  We even supply a map just in case you get lost.  The answers are at the back of the book so you can check any unsolved ones before you leave.
The hunt starts at the Tourist Information Centre , The Crescent, Buxton, SK17 6BQ. From Buxton or just visiting, you will be surprised at how much you walk past without even noticing. We so often walk around blinkered without appreciating the great features which make our towns and cities fabulous. By following our hunt these things will be highlighted rather than hidden away. Our Buxton treasure hunt packs contain all the necessary elements for you need including maps, clues, answer sheet, and tips on how to get things going.

Buxton Treasure

Local stockists of single hunts

Titles Bookshop—Buxton & Bakewell

Bestsellers Bookshop


Buxton Hall
The Old Hall Hotel was originally Buxton Hall. It was built by the 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, George Talbot, whose wife was Bess of Hardwick, in 1550, replacing an earlier building. It is situated over a natural spring, the warm mineral waters of which were the reason for Buxton's origin. This was the site of the Roman Baths ("Aqua Arnemetiae") thought to have been named after the Celtic water Goddess Arnemetiae.
Buxton Hall

The Square, Buxton,
 Derbyshire,  SK17 6BD  
Tel: +44 (0) 1298 22841   Fax: +44 (0) 1298 72437
Buxton Opera House
Buxton Opera House is one of Britain’s leading receiving theatres, presenting around 450 performances each year including dance, comedy, children’s shows, drama, musical concerts, pantomime and opera as well as a lively Fringe Theatre and Community and Education Programme. The theatre is also home to the prestigious Buxton Festival and The International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival and The Four-Four-Time Festival of Live Music. Lovingly restored to its former glory in 2001, Buxton Opera House is an exquisitely beautiful Edwardian theatre and one of the country’s finest examples of Frank Matcham theatre design.
Buxton Opera House
Water Street
SK17 6XN
Box Office: 0845 127 2190
Administration: 01298 72050
Fax: 01298 27563
Buxton Museum & Art Gallery
Visit our shop - we stock educational books and games, fossils, rock and mineral specimens, replica artefacts and a host of bright, amusing and affordable toys 

Buxton Museum & Art
Terrace Road   Buxton     
Derbyshire  SK17 6DA 

Tel: 01298 24658
Fax: 01298 79394  
Calke Abbey
This baroque mansion, built 1701-3 and set in a stunning landscape park, has become famous as a graphic illustration of the English country house in decline. Little restored, the house contains the spectacular natural history collection of the Harpur Crewe family, as well as a magnificent 18th-century state bed and interiors that are essentially unchanged since the 1880s. The open parkland is managed for its nature conservation value and the attractive grounds feature a beautiful walled garden and an interesting collection of garden buildings, including a newly restored orangery.
Calke Abbey
Ticknall, Derby, Derbyshire DE73 1LE 
E-mail Calke Abbey
Tel 01332 863822  -  Fax:  01332 865272
Carnfield Hall
Carnfield Hall is a 15th century 'mansion house' added to during the 16th & 17th centuries and restored in the early 1990's. Its atmospheric interior has fine oak panelled rooms including a 16th century 'great parlour', Georgian dining room and two impressive Jacobean staircases.For several centuries the seat of the Revell family, the Hall contains a varied and fascinating collection of antique furniture, porcelain and glass, family portraits, needlework and old costumes, 19th century toys and manorial documents from the 16th century. Curios including a lock of Edward IV's hair, Princess Charlotte's wedding stockings and Louis XIV's travelling trunk are shown as well as heirlooms of the Cartland family who live in the hall.

South Normanton
DE55 2BE  
Tel: +44 (0) 1773 520084
Carsington Reservoir

Carsington Reservoir is a reservoir operated by Severn Trent Water . The reservoir takes water from the River Derwent at Ambergate during winter months, pumping up to the reservoir by 10.5 km long tunnels and aqueduct. Water is released back into the river during summer months for abstraction and treatment further downstream. It is England's ninth largest reservoir with a capacity of 35,412 megalitres.Planning for the reservoir started in the 1960s with actual construction starting in 1979. In 1984 there was a partial collapse of the dam prior to its filling. The dam was subsequently completely removed before construction of a new dam commenced in 1989. The finished reservoir was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1992.The reservoir is a major centre of leisure activities including walking, cycling, birdwatching, sailing and windsurfing. The land surrounding the reservoir, in particular the facilities around the visitor centre, have played host to events including a music festival, the Festival of the Peak.

Carsington Reservoir
Carsington Water Visitor Centre

Tel: 01629 540 696


Tel: 01629 540 696
Cascades Gardens
Come and explore this fascinating landscape which originates from the early 18th century... ...and surrounds the ruins of an old corn mill, with ponds, stream, canal and waterfalls and an old lead mine. The garden has a wide variety of plants, shrubs and trees providing colour and interest all year round.The Bonsall Brook runs through the garden and over the ruined mill, a feature which gave the house its name. In the winter it becomes a torrent and in summer a more gentle trickle. The four acre garden is set on many levels and is surrounded by mature trees, high cliffs and banks. It is divided into areas or "rooms" each with its own character
Cascades Gardens
DE4 2AH 
Tel: 01629 822813
Castle Donington Museum
Housed in a listed 17th Century house in the centre of this historic village, the museum mounts a new exhibition each year illustrating the life, work and leisure of the local villages over the years. Every Sunday and all Bank Holiday Mondays 2-4.30pm

Castle Donington Museum
4 Apiary Gate
Castle Donington
DE74 2LA
Tel: +44 (0) 1332 810719

Castleton, at the heart of the Peak District, is a small village at the top of the Hope Valley. Surrounded by high hills, including Mam Tor, and overlooked by Peveril Castle. A formidable area, which even beat the roadmakers.Celts and Romans occupied this area, and the 1086 castle protected the village as it grew based on mining lead and precious stone.. Today the village is famous for the show caves where Blue John is mined. Originally the area had 16 mines for the precious stone, but now only smaller pieces are found.These caves are only the start of the cave system and the area is very popular with cavers, even though winter flooding occurs.Oak Apple Day, the 29th May, is celebrated with a procession.
The church, St Edminds, is worth a look, although heavily restored in the 19th century.

Tourist Offices
Buxton Road, Castleton, Hope Valley
Peak District

Phone:  01433 620679
Caudwell's Mill
This complete Victorian 'automatic' water turbine-powered roller flour mill has a unique collection of fascinating early milling machinery on four huge floors. The mill illustrates the transition from the old, inefficient millstones to the precision roller process of today. It is well interpreted and has 'hands-on' models and displays to explore which demonstrate many aspects of early science and technology. There is a newly opened section of the provender Mill to see. Independent working Craftspeople around the Stable Yard. The Mill Shop offers a great range of quality flours and free recipes to delight the discerning housewife. Café, free car park.
Caudwells Mill
Bakewell Road
DE4 2EB 
Tel: +44 (0)1629 734 374
Fax: +44 (0)1629 734 374

Chatsworth House is situated in the picturesque village of Chatsworth in the heart of Derbyshire's Peak District National Park.Chatsworth house is one of Britain's best loved historic houses and estates, hosting famous works of art, beautiful landscaped gardens, numerous walking trails, farmyard, adventure playground, a gift shop and restaurant, where visitors can enjoy a peaceful meal.The house is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, containing 12 rooms representing 4000 years of European culture and craftsmanship, from ancient Greece to modern work by British artists. Guests are able to take a guided tour around the house and the estate.

Bakewell Derbyshire  DE45 1PP

Tel: +44 (0) 1246 565300

Chesterfield, famous for its church with the crooked spire and its market, was a market town since the 12th century. Once a coal mining area, it is now an engineering centre.A working, busy town, but a visit to the church and the markets are well worth the effort.The 14th century St Marys and All Saints Church has the famous crooked spire, caused by the wind twisting the spire as it had inadequate bracing. The church is open to visitors, the tower on advertised days.The markets include the 1857 Market Hall, now refurbished, with specialist shops, open Mon -Sat, half day Wed. The famous Open Market is on Mon, Fri, and Saturday, with a "flea market" on Thursdays. Often there is street entertainment.For chain stores and other shops the Pavement shopping centre is where to be, and the "Shambles" , narrow streets off the Market Place, is worth a look.The town has a park, Queens Park, with a boating lake, walks, and in the summer bands play at the bandstand.The Chesterfield town museum is in Coronation Street.

Tourist Offices
Rykneld Square , Chesterfield ,
 Derbyshire S40 1SB


Tel: 01246 345 777 Alternate Tel: 01246 345 778 Fax: 01246 345 770
Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery
The Museum tells the Story of Chesterfield, from its beginnings as a Roman fort on Ryknield Street to the building of the 'Crooked Spire' Church and its growth as a market town. The story goes on to the Industrial Revolution tracing the development of coal mining and other local industries and charts the effect of the arrival of the railways on the area. Chesterfield's most famous Victorian resident, George Stephenson, the 'Father of the Railways' is also featured. The displays continue the story of the town to the present day. The Art Gallery features the work of Joseph Syddall from Old Whittington, once described as 'the best draughtsman in England'. Syddall was asked to illustrate Thomas Hardy's novel 'Tess of the D'Urbevilles' when it appeared in the Graphic Magazine.
Chesterfield Museum &
                                        Art Gallery
St Mary's Gate
S41 7TY

Tel: +44 (0) 1246 - 345727
Fax: +44 (0) 1246 - 345720
Chesterfield Treasure Hunt
No prior knowledge of Chesterfield is required as all clues are solved by observation.  Both young and old will be fascinated whilst getting out for a couple of hours seeing the sites and solving the clues. Children will enjoy beating adults to solve the clues!  We even supply a map just in case you get lost.  The answers are at the back of the book so you can check any unsolved ones before you leave.
The hunt starts at the Tourist Information Centre , Rykneld Square, Chesterfield, S40 1SB. From Chesterfield or just visiting, you will be surprised at how much you walk past without even noticing. We so often walk around blinkered without appreciating the great features which make our towns and cities fabulous. By following our hunt these things will be highlighted rather than hidden away. Our Chesterfield treasure hunt packs contain all the necessary elements for you need including maps, clues, answer sheet, and tips on how to get things going.

                                        Treasure Hunt

Local stockists of single hunts

Chesterfield Tourist Information Centre
Rykneld Square , Chesterfield , Derbyshire S40 1SB
Tel: 01246 345 777 Alternate Tel: 01246 345 778 Fax: 01246 345 770

or Titles Bookshop—Bakewell


Chestnut Centre Conservation Park

Our Conservation and Wildlife Park, located in scenic Peak District National Park of Derbyshire, is set in 50 acres of landscaped grounds and is home, not only to a unique collection of birds and animals, but to many wild birds and mammals. As you walk about the Wildlife Park you'll see some of Europe's largest gathering of otters, 16 species of owls and other indigenous wildlife all in their natural surroundings including, buzzards, pine martens, polecats, foxes, Scottish wildcats and deer.

Castleton Road
High Peak
SK23 0QS
Tel: +44 (0) 1298 814099
Fax: +44 (0) 1298 816213
Conkers: at the Heart of the National Forest
CONKERS, located at the Heart of the National Forest five miles from Junction 11 on the M42, is a unique mix of indoor and outdoor hands on experiences which keep visitors engaged for hours. Visitors to the popular family attraction, CONKERS, will get the experience of a lifetime when they venture into the indoor ?Tree Top Adventure Walk,' which has been funded by East Midlands Development Agency (emda). It is the first exhibit of its kind in Europe. In the indoor ?Tree Top Adventure Walk', visitors will embark on a terrifying journey that takes them high up above the existing exhibits and into the dense, dark woodland canopy at night.

Millennium Avenue
Rawdon Road
DE12 6GA
Tel: +44 (0) 1283 216633
Fax: +44 (0) 1283 210321
Creswell Crags
Creswell Crags is a limestone gorge honeycombed with caves and smaller fissures. Stone tools and remains of animals found in the caves by archaeologists provide evidence for a fascinating story of life during the last Ice Age between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago. Further evidence came to light in 2003 with the discovery of Britain's only known Ice Age rock art. Creswell Crags was among the most northerly places on earth to have been visited by our ancient ancestors, a story that is unique on a European and World scale. All of the caves are protected by metal grills to preserve the rare archaeological deposits that remain inside. At the east end of the gorge is the Museum and Education Centre. The gorge is part of the Creswell Heritage Landscape Area.
Cresswell Crags

Creswell Heritage Trust
Creswell Crags Visitor Centre
Crags Road Welbeck
Worksop Notts S80 3LH


Tel: 01909 720378 Fax: 01909 724726
Crich Tramway Village

Recently voted East Midlands Best Day Out by viewers of BBC East Midlands Today, Crich Tramway Village has developed into one of Derbyshire's most unique attractions. Trams run to and fro down a cobbled street past the former Derby Assembly rooms before passing under the Bowes-Lyon Bridge and climbing a mile and a half of track that provides breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.Experience the brand new Woodland Walk & Sculpture Trail which winds its way back to the village or remain on the tram and be dropped off outside The Red Lion Pub and Tearooms before visiting the fascinating Workshop Viewing Gallery.Every year the team at Crich put on a variety of special events including the famous 1940s weekends and Transport Extravaganza.

The Village is open daily from 10.00am between April and October plus weekends at other times.
Crich Tramway
Matlock Derbyshire  DE4 5DP
Tel : 01773 854321
Fax: 01773 854320
Crooked Spire
St Mary and All Saints, the Crooked Spire Church, was built in the late 13 Century and finished around 1360. It is the largest church in Derbyshire. The Spire stands 228 feet from the ground and leans 9 feet 5 inches from its true centre. The Spire was 'twisted' when unseasoned wood was used during its construction. Then 32 tons of lead tiles were placed on top and as the timber dried out the weight of the lead twisted the spire.Between Easter and Christmas tours of the Tower to the base of the 'Crooked Spire' will take place Monday to Saturday (weather permitting). They will be advertised on a yellow notice just inside the south-west doors of the Church. This shows the time of departure and the tour takes about 40-45 minutes. In addition, tours take place on all summer Bank Holiday Mondays and on Medieval Market Day (24 July 2007).
Crooked Spire
Church of St Mary and All Saints,
 Church Way,
 Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Tel: 01246 206506 
Cromford and High Peak Railway
Established in 1985, the Steeple Grange Light Railway is an 18-inch gauge line near Wirksworth in Derbyshire. It is built on the trackbed of a branch of the old Cromford and High Peak Railway, now the High Peak Trail. Motive power is provided by ex-industrial diesel, battery-electric and petrol locomotives, and passengers are carried in an old National Coal Board manrider. When you visit the railway you can enjoy a unique twenty minute train ride through dramatic limestone scenery; hear about why and how the railway was built, and our plans for the future; investigate some of our vintage locomotives and rolling stock; discover fossils and wild flowers; and see work under way on our extensions towards Middleton and the National Stone Centre.
Cromford & High Peak
The SGLR is situated on the High Peak Trail between Black Rocks and the National Stone Centre, near Wirksworth. You can park at either of these two locations. It is about five minute's easy walk from the car parks to the railway. The Railway is now included in a brown tourist sign scheme from the Wirksworth and Carsington areas. Additional signs are put out on operating days.

Darley Abbey
Within walking distance of Derby City centre is the remarkable factory village of Darley Abbey, created by the Evans family from the 1780s onwards and including St Matthew’s Church. Pause beside the river Derwent, within sight of one of the most complete early textile mill complexes.
Darley Abbey
Darley Abbey

Darley Park
Enjoy the open space of unspoilt parkland, once part of the Evans family estate, with fine views of Derby.

Denby Pottery Visitor Centre
Denby Pottery Visitor Centre – open daily all year round. Free entry and parking, located on B6179, off the A38 north of Derby. Craftroom tours daily including paint a plate and make a frog. Free cookery demonstrations daily in the theatre kitchen of the Cookery Emporium. Watch blown glass being made in the Glass Studio, weekdays. Large Denby Factory Shop, New Denby Home Store, Dartington Crystal Shop, Garden emporium, cookshop, Gift shop, painting gallery, museum and restaurant serving excellent home cooked food.
Denby, Derbyshire DE5 8NX
E-mail Denby Pottery Visitor Centre  -  Denby Pottery Visitor Centre Web site
Phone: +44 (0)1773 740799  -  Fax: +44 (0)1773 740749


Derby, home of industry, yet still preserves the buildings built by the people who created the town's prosperity.Once a Roman town, it became an administrative centre and with the Industrial Revolution become an important industrial town as well as a railway town. Famous industrial names still at Derby include Rolls Royce and Royal Crown Derby. Today, this large regional city has all the modern facilities you would expect. Cinemas and theatres, including the Derby Playhouse, as well as parks and entertainment. There is a large shopping centre as well as out of town shopping areas, one of which has a large muti-screen cinema. Derby has two indoor markets, open every day, the Eagle Centre Market and the Market Hall. As well as the market the Eagle Centre has a selection of chain stores. More shops stretch along the roads away from the Cathedral.
Buildings of note include the County or Shire Hall, 1660, the Guildhall, rebuilt in 1842, the Central Library and Museum and Jacobean House.Many of the buildings were built by the owners of local industry, and some of the parks are the grounds of their old houses. Derby is home to Derby County Football team, the Rams. The local tourist information centre is the starting point for a popular "Ghost Walk" through the city tunnels.
Tourist Offices

Assembly Rooms , Market Place ,
Derby , Derbyshire DE1 3AH
Email: Web:

Tel: 01332 255802 Fax: 01332 256137
Derby Cathedral
The Collegiate Church of All Saints' Derby, with its 16th century tower that dominates the city skyline, was founded in the tenth century. It has been through several rebuilds, notably the replacement of all but the tower of the medieval church with a classical building by James Gibbs in the eighteenth century. It has been Derby's Cathedral since 1927. The Cathedral's key role is to be the Bishop's church and a centre of worship and mission.

Derby Cathedral
Cathedral Office
1a College Place
Tel: +44 (0) 1332 341201
Fax: +44 (0) 1332 203991
Derby City Museum and Art Gallery
The impressive Joseph Wright Gallery includes portraits, landscapes and scenes of industry directly relevant to the story of the Derwent Valley Mills. The Museum and Art Gallery has exciting displays about fine art, natural history, archaeology, military history, ceramics and more.
Derby Museum & Art
The Strand

Tel: +44 (0) 1332 - 716659
Fax: +44 (0) 1332 - 716670
Derby Industrial Museum
The Silk Mill Museum is on the site of the world's oldest factories, the Silk Mills built by George Sorocold in 1702 and 1717. The foundations and parts of the tower from the 1717 mill are still visible.

The displays tell the story of the industrial heritage and achievement of Derby and its people. There is a special emphasis on the development of Rolls-Royce aero engines and the railway industry. Other displays cover local industries such as mining, pottery and foundry work. The Power Gallery covers the story of motive power in industry with hands-on exhibits.

Derby Industrial Museum
Silk Mill Lane
off Full Street
Tel: +44 (0) 1332 - 255308
Fax: +44 (0) 1332 - 255108
Derby Treasure Hunt
No prior knowledge of Derby is required as all clues are solved by observation.  Both young and old will be fascinated whilst getting out for a couple of hours seeing the sites and solving the clues. Children will enjoy beating adults to solve the clues!  We even supply a map just in case you get lost.  The answers are at the back of the book so you can check any unsolved ones before you leave.The hunt starts at the Tourist Information Centre , Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AH.From Derby or just visiting, you will be surprised at how much you walk past without even noticing. We so often walk around blinkered without appreciating the great features which make our towns and cities fabulous. By following our hunt these things will be highlighted rather than hidden away.Our Derby treasure hunt packs contain all the necessary elements for you need including maps, clues, answer sheet, and tips on how to get things going.
Derby Treasure

Derwent Reservoir

Derwent Reservoir is one of three reservoirs in the Upper Derwent Valley in the north east of Derbyshire, England. The River Derwent flows first through Howden Reservoir, then Derwent Reservoir and finally through Ladybower Reservoir. Between them they provide practically all of Derbyshire's water, as well as to a large part of South Yorkshire and as far afield as Nottingham and Leicester.Derwent Reservoir is around 1.5 mi (2 km) in length, running broadly north-south, with Howden Dam at the northern end and Derwent Dam at the south. A small island lies near the Howden Dam. The Abbey Brook flows into the reservoir from the east.At its peak the reservoir covers an area of 70.8 hectares (175 acres) and at its deepest point is 34.7 metres deep. During the Second World War the reservoir was used by pilots of the 617 Squadron for practising the low-level flights needed for Operation Chastise (commonly known as the "Dam Busters" raids), due to its similarity to the German dams. Occasional flypasts of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight are staged to commemorate this.

Derwent Reservoir

Derwent Valley Mills

In December 2001, the Derwent Valley Mills in Derbyshire became inscribed as a World Heritage Site.This international designation confirms the outstanding importance of the area as the birthplace of the factory system where in the 18th Century water power was successfully harnessed for textile production.Stretching 15 miles down the river valley from Matlock Bath to Derby, the World Heritage Site contains a fascinating series of historic mill complexes, including some of the world's first 'modern' factories.

Derwent Valley Mills official website

The Diana, Princess of Wales, Memorial Woodland

47 acres of newly planted woodland created as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales. Includes sculpture trail, peace glade and children's glade

Occupation Road, Albert Village,
 Swadlincote, Derbyshire
Telephone: 01283 229494
Fax: 01283 229496
Donington Grand Prix Collection
The largest collection of Grand Prix Racing Cars in the world. Over 130 exhibits portraying motor sport history from the early 1900's to the present day.Famous cars and drivers including the Ferrari 500 (the most successful chassis ever) driven by Alberto Ascari, Tazio Nuvolari's Maserati 8CM, the Lotus 25 driven by Jim Clark, Mansell's Red 5 Williams and Senna's McLaren in which he won the 1993 European Grand Prix at Donington Park.The Collection includes the largest public displays of McLaren and Williams cars and the biggest collection of drivers' helmets in the World.Nowhere in the world could you find the only complete set of Vanwalls, the twin engined Alfa Romeo Bimotore and the 6 wheel Tyrrell all under one roof.Incorporated in the collection is the Senna Fangio Conference Centre - multi-purpose corporate facilities for up to 180 delegates catering for conferences, meetings, dinners, presentations, product launches and team building.
Grand Prix Collection
Donington Park
Castle Donington
DE74 2RP 


Tel: +44 (0)1332 811 027
Fax: +44 (0)1332 812 829
Donington Park
Home to the British Motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP), Donington Park is one of the most famous race circuits in the UK. It operates a very busy race program involving the British Touring Car Championship, British Superbike Championship, British Formula 3, British GT Championship and many others. Donington Park is located near to the East Midlands Airport and is well signposted from the M1 motorway (junctions 23A or Junction 24)
Donington Park
Castle Donington, Near Derby DE74
E-mail Donington Park  - 
Donington Park Web site
Phone: +44 (0)1332810048  -  Fax: +44 (0)1332850422
Duffield Castle

Duffield Castle was a Norman Castle in Duffield.It was on a steep-sided rocky promontory facing the river, easily defended, though it is debatable whether it was inhabited in prehistoric times. It is also controversial whether the Romans maintained a military presence to protect the ford, nearby, across which the convoys of lead from Lutudarum Wirksworth joined Rykneld Street at Derventio (now part of Derby), en route for the North Sea ports.Remains, however, that appear to be of Anglo Saxon origin, have been found, suggesting occupation by persons of some position, possibly a Saxon Thane of the name of Siward, or his relatives. Considerable amounts of Roman or Romano-British pottery have also been found, including roof tiles of Roman pattern. Sadly, though some of the artefacts that were discovered were lodged with the Derby Museum, while others were kept in the Parish Room, many have disappeared.

Duffield Castle


Easy Tigers
The biggest indoor play area in the Midlands. Fantastic multi-level play area for children up to 12 years old with a separate baby and toddler area for the under 5's. Astra slide, giant tube slide, football zone. Stylish and modern coffee shop. Parent and toddler sessions.Stress free, memorable parties with exclusive disco party room, animal madness party rooms. Your choice of party food and 3 different party packages. Ideal for large or joint parties.
Easy Tigers
Foxwood Road, CHESTERFIELD, Derbyshire
Tel: 01246 260011
Ednaston Manor
Ednaston Manor is a country house in Ednaston, near Brailsford, Derbyshire. It was built in 1912-1919 in a Queen Anne style by Edwin Lutyens, for William G. Player. It is a Grade I listed building. It was bought by free newspaper pioneer and former Derby County chairman Lionel Pickering in 1979. He lived there with his wife Marcia and sons William, Benjamin and Matthew. He improved the extensive gardens which were open to the public during the summer. Mr Pickering sold The Manor to a local businessman shortly before his death in 2006. The building and gardens are currently under renovation.
Ednaston Manor
Ednaston, near Brailsford,

Elvaston Castle Country Park
Elvaston Castle Country Park has over 200 acres of woodland, parkland and fascinating formal gardens to explore.  At the heart of the park is the castle building, which despite its name, is really a country house. Today, due to its need for restoration, the castle is only occasionally open to the public (please call the park for details of our castle tours).  Elvaston is a great place to visit for a walk, bird watching, a bite to eat in the castle tea rooms or a picnic with friends or family.  The Old English Garden is open: summer everyday 10am to 4.30pm; winter 10am to 3.30pm
Elvaston Castle Park
Borrowash Road, 
DE72 3EP. 
Tel: 01332 571342. 
Fax: 01332 758751. 
Erewash Museum
Erewash Museum is our very own local and social history museum located on High Street, Ilkeston. Home for the Museum is a late Georgian house with Victorian extensions. It was both a family home and school accommodation before becoming a Museum in the 1980's. Many original features survive and visitors can enjoy the garden with unrivalled views across the Erewash Valley.
Erewash Museum
High Street



Tel: +44 (0) 115 - 907 1141
Fax: +44 (0) 115 - 907 1121

Edale is a very small Peak District village in the famous Vale of Edale, situated below The Peak on Kinder Scout, 2088 feet high. The village buildings are all gritstone, and the village school and 1885 church are worth a look.Very popular with walkers as it is the start of the Pennine Way, 256 miles to Scotland. There is an information centre in the village with a small exhibition.For the not so inclined, Edale is still a good base for half day walks to the top of the High Peak plateau and the famous Jacobs Ladder. Best take the west route up as saves the tramp through the bogs. Gives a real taste of the open Peak District.

Edale Valley
Tourist Offices
The Moorland Centre
(the Peak District National Park Information Centre)
Tel: 01433 670207
Eyam Hall
This small but charming manor house in the famous plague village of Eyam has been the home of the Wright family since 1671 and it retains the intimate atmosphere of a much-loved private home. A Jacobean staircase, fine tapestries and family portraits are among its interior treasures. Newly restored 17th century garden now open. Craft centre in the historic farmyard with crafts people at work and genuinely local products for sale. Licensed for civil wedding ceremonies.
Eyam Hall
Eyam, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S32 5QW 
E-mail Eyam Hall  

Eyam Hall Web site
Phone: +44 (0)1433 631976  -  Fax: +44 (0)1433 631603
Eyam Museum
The famous outbreak of Bubonic Plague in 1665/6 in Eyam is vividly portrayed. The villagers imposed a voluntary quarantine, and over a third of the population died. We present a wealth of historical information about the plague, both locally and worldwide. The tragic stories of individual families are told. The subsequent growth of local industries is described, together with local geology.
Eyam Museum
Hawkhill Road, Eyam, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S32 5QP 
Eyam Museum Web site
Phone: +44 (0)1433 631371  -  Fax: +44 (0)1433 631371
Fenney Bentley Old Hall

Flagg Hall

Foremark Reservoir
This 230 acre reservoir and nature reserve is ideal for woodland walks, bird watching, picnicking, trout fishing (telephone 01283 703202) and horse riding. There is a children's play area and an information point. Events and activities hotline 0870 1791 111.

Milton, Derbyshire, DE65 6EG

Telephone: 01332 865081
Fax: 01332 694311


Glossop, on the western edge of the Peak District, at the foot of Snake Pass before the A57 climbs up and up over the National park.The town owes most of its growth to the Howard family, the Dukes of Norfolk, even down to paying for a railway line in the 1820's as the official main line bypassed the town.A town of two halves, Old Glossop, to the north was the original town with its market square, church and alms houses. The new, present day, town was the result of the cotton mills being built.The old railway line is now part of the "Longdendale Trail", passing the 1877 series of  5 man-made reservoirs. A good walking base, with the Kinder Scout area taking you up to High Peak and down to Edale.

Tourist Offices
The Heritage Centre , Bank House, Henry Street , Glossop , Derbyshire SK13 8BW
Email: Web:

Tel: 01457 855 920 Fax: 01427 855 920
Glossop Heritage Centre

Glossop Hall

Glossop Treasure Hunt
No prior knowledge of Glossop is required as all clues are solved by observation.  Both young and old will be fascinated whilst getting out for a couple of hours seeing the sites and solving the clues. Children will enjoy beating adults to solve the clues!  We even supply a map just in case you get lost.  The answers are at the back of the book so you can check any unsolved ones before you leave.
The hunt starts at the Heritage Centre, Henry Street, Glossop, SK13 8HT.From Glossop or just visiting, you will be surprised at how much you walk past without even noticing. We so often walk around blinkered without appreciating the great features which make our towns and cities fabulous. By following our hunt these things will be highlighted rather than hidden away. Our Glossop treasure hunt packs contain all the necessary elements for you need including maps, clues, answer sheet, and tips on how to get things going.

Glossop Treasure

Local stockists of single hunts

George Street Books—Glossop

Bay Tree Books—Glossop

Tourist Information -Heritage Centre,
Bank House, Henry Street , Glossop , Derbyshire SK13 8BW


Grangewood Farm Forestry
Grangewood is a 100 acre broad-leaved and conifer woodland, planted in 1997. Footpaths are defined by mode trails. Horse-riding and fishing permits available. Grangewood leads to Long Close and Top Wood which consist of 200 acres of newly planted woodland, ponds, open grass, footpaths and bridleways.
Grangewood Farm Forestry
Grangewood Farm, Netherseal,
Swadlincote, Derbyshire

Tel : 01283 760063
Grassmoor Country Park and the Five Pits Trail

Great Longstone Hall

Gulliver's Kingdom Gullivers

Haddon Hall
Overlooking the River Wye, close to the market town of Bakewell, Haddon Hall has escaped the ravages of time. Fine examples of a medieval kitchen and 16th century long gallery. Outstanding terraced rose gardens. Popular film and TV location. Gift shop and restaurant.
Haddon Hall
Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1LA 
E-mail Haddon Hall  -  Haddon Hall Web site
Phone: +44 (0)1629 812855  -  Fax: +44 (0)1629 814379
Hardwick Hall
One of Britain's greatest and most complete Elizabethan houses
Spectacular Tudor treasure house - Built for 'Bess of Hardwick', Elizabethan England's second most powerful and wealthy woman - Outstanding 16th and 17th-century tapestries and embroideries - Fine historic parklands, orchard and herb garden to explore - Rare breeds of cattle and sheep - Stunning herb garden

Hardwick Hall
Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S44 5QJ

Telephone: 01246 850430
Hartington Hall

Heage Windmil

Heanor and District Heritage Centre

Heights of Abraham
Your visit will include a cable car ride to the summit; guided tours down two famous show caverns; the dramatic story of 17thC lead miner and his family's working day; a short film presentation showing the formation of the caverns; woodland walks; interpretative displays including the new 'Who + Why = What' exhibition; Explorers Challenge, play and picnic areas with stunning views; and the Victoria Prospect Tower. Have a snack in the Coffee Shop and browse in the Gift Shops.
Heights of Abraham
Matlock Bath, Matlock, DE4 3PD
Tel: +44 (0)1629 582365
Fax: +44 (0)1629 581128
Herb Garden
One of the foremost herb gardens in the country. Featured on the BBC's Cottage Gardens and The Flying Gardener. You can wander through the display garden and the Physic Garden (which features rare and unusual medicinal plants) and learn about growing and using herbs. Within the graden there are areas of native wildflowers and spring bulbs which can be enjoyed from March to June. Seating areas allow viistors to rest a while and enjoye the peace, scents and beauty of the garden.There are over 300 varieties of herb plants on sale in the on-site nursery. Proprietors Lynne and Steve Raynor are members of the Herb Society, the British Herb Trades Association and are holders of the School of Herbal Medicine's Certificate of Herbal Studies.
Herb Garden
Hall View Cottage, Hardstoft, Pilsley, Chesterfield
Tel: 01246 854268 
High Peak Trail
Vast area of outstanding walking country -Wild and dramatic Pennine moorland
Great walking country throughout the seasons - Internationally renowned for rare wildlife and bird breeding - Climb Mam Tor for spectacular views - Walk to Kinder Scout, site of the 1932 Mass Trespass - See Odin Mine, one of the oldest lead mines in Derbyshire

High Peak Estate
 High Peak Estate Office, Edale End,
Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 6RF

Telephone: 01433 670368
Hob Hurst's House

Howden Reservoir

 Ilam Park
Beautiful area of open park and woodland -Runs along both banks of the River Manifold - Spectacular views towards Dovedale - Youth hostel, visitor centre, tea-room and shop - Small garden on site of old Italian garden

Ilam Park
Ilam, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AZ
Telephone: 01335 350503
Kedleston Hall
Kedlestone Hall is a classical Palladian mansion built 1759-65 for the Curzon family who had lived in the area since the 12th Century. The house boasts the most complete and least-altered sequence of Robert Adam interiors in England, with the magnificent staterooms retaining their great collections of paintings and original furniture. The Eastern Museum houses a fascinating range of objects collected by Lord Curzon when Viceroy of India (1899-1905).
Kedlestone Hall
Derby, Derbyshire DE22 5JH
E-mail Kedlestone Hall
Phone: +44 (0)1332 842191  -  Fax: +44 (0)1332 841972
Kegworth Museum

Kinder Scout

Knowsley Hall

Ladybower Reservoir

Lea Gardens

Leawood Pumphouse
A pumphouse with an 1849 beam engine to pump water into the Cromford Canal from the river Derwent.

High Peak Junction, Cromford, Matlock,

Tel: +44 (0)1629 823204

Life in a Lens 

Linacre Reservoirs
There are 3 reservoirs at Linacre, built between 1855 and 1904 and, between them, they hold more than 240 million gallons of water. The reservoirs are surrounded by fields and bluebell woods.There are several trails around the Linacre Reservoirs. The paths are well edged and you can make up any length of walk you like. Part of the trail around the Upper Reservoir crosses the water on a boardwalk - parents with children should take care as it has no railing. In spring, the woods aound the reservoirs are carpeted with bluebells and they were, at one time, coppiced - information boards explain how coppicing worked. You can find many oak trees, along with beech, alder (which likes to keep its feet wet), larch and pine. Conifers are often planted next to reservoirs for 2 reasons. They keep away farm animals which might pollute the water and, after a few years, they can be sold for timber.
Linacre reservoirs
Woodnook Lane, Cutthorpe,
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Tel: 01246 551035 
Longdendale Reservoir Chain

Longdendale Trail

 Longford Hall

Longshaw Estate
Wide expanse of moorland, woods and farmland within the Peak District National Park -Outstanding Peak District moorland, woodland and farms - Great walking opportunities with dramatic panoramasE- See Padley Gorge with its ancient oaks -Fantastic wildlife, from rare birds to hairy wood ants -Trace the evolution of the millstone industry

Longshaw Estate
Sheffield, Derbyshire S11 7TZ
Telephone: 01433 637904
Magpie Mine

Mam Tor Mam Tor

Masson Mills Working Textile Museum
Even though the mills date back to the 1780’s Massons was a working textile mill until 1991. This means that it has been able to retain its machinery rather being simply an empty shell. Today the extensive site provide not just a working museum but also conference / exhibition facilities, a licensed restaurant and shopping village. There is a large car park on site with disabled access to the attractions.
Masson Mills Working
                                          Textile Museum
Derby Road, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire DE4 3PY 
Masson Mills Working Textile Museum Web site
Phone: +44 (0)1629 581001

, only a small hamlet until the 1800's when mills at Cromford were built by Richard Arkwight. But it really expanded when "hydrotherapy" treatments where introduced to the Victorians by John Smedley. Smedley even built his own castle, now in ruins.With trains and trams the town prospered for 100 years.Today a busy town and tourist centre on the edge of the Peak District and close to Matlock Bath, a mile down the A6.High Tor towers over these towns and there are plenty of paths to wander high over the River Derwent. Or try a gentle stroll around Hall Leys Park, down by the river.

 Tourist Offices
Crown Square , Matlock , Derbyshire DE3 3AT

Tel: 01629 583388 Fax: 01629 584131
Matlock Treasure Hunt
No prior knowledge of Matlock is required as all clues are solved by observation.  Both young and old will be fascinated whilst getting out for a couple of hours seeing the sites and solving the clues. Children will enjoy beating adults to solve the clues!  We even supply a map just in case you get lost.  The answers are at the back of the book so you can check any unsolved ones before you leave.
The hunt starts at the Tourist Information Centre , Crown Square, Matlock, DE4 3AT. From Matlock or just visiting, you will be surprised at how much you walk past without even noticing. We so often walk around blinkered without appreciating the great features which make our towns and cities fabulous. By following our hunt these things will be highlighted rather than hidden away. Our Matlock treasure hunt packs contain all the necessary elements for you need including maps, clues, answer sheet, and tips on how to get things going.

Matlock Treasure

Local stockists of single hunts

Matlock Tourist Information Centre,
Crown Square , Matlock , Derbyshire DE3 3AT

Peak Books—Matlock

Nigel Carabine—The Station—Matlock


Matlock Bath

Matlock Bath , a busy little town, sited next to the river at the side of a gorge which towers above the town. Very popular in summer, much visited in winter. Another spa town, so you can "take the waters" at the Pavilion, don't blame us if the taste is not to your liking.Very much a Regency town with 18th and 19th century villas, rather like a seaside resort without the sea.The arrival of the railway in 1840's made the town even more popular. It has two parts to the main street, South Parade and North Parade.From the end of August to the end of October marvel at the Illuminations and Venetian Nights, which include illuminated boats on the river.Reach High Tor, a 390 foot limestone outcrop, by the cable car, see below, or you can walk up if you wish.

Matlock Bath
Tourist Offices

The Pavillion , Matlock , Derbyshire  DE4 3NR

Tel: 01629 55082 Fax: 01629 56304
Matlock Bath Treasure Hunt
 No Previous Knowledge of Matlock Bath is required as all clues are solved by observation.  Both young and old will be fascinated whilst getting out for a couple of hours seeing the sites and solving the clues. Children will enjoy beating adults to solve the clues!  We even supply a map just in case you get lost.  The answers are at the back of the book so you can check any unsolved ones before you leave.
The hunt starts at the Tourist Information Centre , South Parade, Matlock Bath, DE4 3NR.From Matlock Bath or just visiting, you will be surprised at how much you walk past without even noticing. We so often walk around blinkered without appreciating the great features which make our towns and cities fabulous. By following our hunt these things will be highlighted rather than hidden away.Our Matlock Bath treasure hunt packs contain all the necessary elements for you need including maps, clues, answer sheet, and tips on how to get things going.
Matlock Bath
                                        Treasure Hunt

Local stockists of single hunts

Matlock Bath Tourist Information Centre,
The Pavillion , Matlock , Derbyshire  DE4 3NR

Peak Books—Matlock

Nigel Carabine—The Station—Matlock

Bob Price’s News & Gifts


Matlock Bath Aquarium and Hologram Gallery
The site of an original thermal swimming pool with various aquaria containing species of British and tropical freshwater fish. There is a large open pool which is fed by a thermal spring and illuminated at night containing common carp, mirror carp and koi carp. The fish may be fed by visitors with fish food obtained on the premises. There is a hologram gallery, a petrifying well and a gemstone and fossil collection. Also, photographic history display of the past times in Matlock Bath.

110-114 North Parade, Matlock Bath, Matlock, DE4 3NS

Tel: +44 (0)1629 583624
Fax: +44 (0)1629 760793
Matlock Farm Park
Matlock Farm Park is part of a 600 acre working farm, and has many animals for you to see, such as donkeys, deer, rabbits, goats and ducks to name but a few. There are adventure playgrounds and go-karts and plenty more for the kids. The farm tea room services refreshments in this tranquil setting, Pony Trekking is available by appointment. A great day for all the family, the kids in particular should find the visit educational.
Matlock Farm Park
Jaggers Lane, Nr Two Dales, Matlock, DE4 5LH
Tel: +44 (0)1246 590200
Fax: +44 (0)1226 350055
Melbourne Hall and Gardens

Middleton Top Visitor Centre

Midland Railway

Millennium Walkway

Moira Furnace Museum
An early 19th century blast furnace with interactive displays relating to the iron making process and the story of the furnace and it’s inhabitants. There are craft workshops, boat rides on the Ashby canal and through the new Moira lock, country park and children’s adventure play areas. The furnace tea room, museum and gift shop are accessible for all. Car and coach parking is free. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm all year round.
Moira Furnace
Furnace Lane, Moira, Swadlincote, Leicestershire DE12 6AT 
E-mail Moira Furnace Museum
Phone: +44 (0)1283 224667  -  Fax: +44 (0)1283 224667
New Mills

National Tramway Museum

National Stone Centre
The story of stone from prehistoric stone axes to 'hi-tech' processing, from sculpture to 300 million tonnes of stone sold annually for roads, glass and steel together with the stone's environmental and geological context. Self-guided and, by appointment, guided walks over dramatic geological (tropical limestone reefs) and historical sites. There are also events and activities such as gem panning, fossil casting, fossil rubbing and visits to the local working quarry (booking essential). Training courses and workshops now held in dry stone walling and sculpting.
National Stone Centre
Porter Lane, Wirksworth, Derby, DE4 4LS

Tel: +44 (0)1629 824833
Fax: +44 (0)1629 824833
The National Trust Museum of Childhood

Norbury Hall

New Mills Heritage and Information Centre

Nine Ladies Stone Circle

Norbury Hall

Odin Mine

Ogston Reservoir
Ogston Reservoir is owned and managed by Severn Trent Water and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Apart from the Reservoir there is a variety of other habitats including farmland and woodland, boasting many species of birds, including spring and autumn passage migrants. It has gained a reputation as one of the premier inland sites in the country to watch and record gull's at roost during the winter months. There is a public hide overlooking the Reservoir in the West Bank Car Park.
Ogston Reservoir
Quarry Lane, Woolley Moor,
 Alfreton, Derbyshire
Tel: 01246 345777/8 
Old Manor
Built between the 13th and 15th centuries, the hall's architectural features include a rare king post, medieval fireplace, a Tudor door and some 17th-century Flemish glass. The delightful gardens include a parterre herb garden.
Norbury, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2ED

Telephone: 01283 585337
Parwich Hall

Peak Cavern Peak Cavern

Peak District Mining Museum
An exhibition on 3500 years of lead mining with many displays on the mines and miners, tools and engines whilst hands-on exhibits and climbing shafts make it appealing to adults and children. The Temple Mine was worked for lead and gold was discovered there recently. You can go underground and also learn to pan for gold and other minerals. New features include the exciting 'Hazards of Mining' display, more geology and a major recycling exhibition.
Peak District Mining
The Pavilion, Matlock Bath, Matlock, DE4 3NR
Tel: +44 (0)1629 583834
Peak District National Park

Peveril Castle
Perched high above the pretty village of Castleton, the castle offers breathtaking views of the Peak District. Founded soon after the Norman Conquest of 1066 by William Peverel, one of King William’s most trusted knights, it played an important role in guarding the Peak Forest area. When ‘Castle Peak’ (as it was known in the Middle Ages) passed into the hands of Henry II, he made a number of additions. Most notable is the great square keep, with its round-headed windows, built in 1176. Thirteenth-century developments included the great hall, and though by 1400 the fortress had ceased to be of strategic importance, its impregnability guaranteed its continued use as a prison. Following extensive conservation work on the keep, a walk-way has been erected at first floor level, enabling visitors to enter two chambers previously inaccessible: a medieval garderobe, and a small room with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. A new visitor centre now assures an even warmer welcome. New displays tell the story of Peveril as the focal point of the Royal Forest of the Peak, a hunting preserve for monarchs since the 11th century. There is also improved access, with a lift from the new gift shop to the first floor interpretation room, castle model and toilet facilities.
Peverill Castle
 Castleton, Derbyshire
S33 8WQ

01433 620613
Pickford's House Museum
You can see the ground floor dining room, drawing room and morning room as they might have been in Joseph Pickford's time. A Georgian bedroom and dressing room have been recreated on the first floor, while on the top floor there is a servant's bedroom complete with straw mattress. The kitchen and laundry have been reconstructed, together with a cellar, pantry and housekeeper's cupboard, so that visitors can get an idea of what life was like for the servants working below stairs in Georgian times. One of the cellars is equipped as an air-raid shelter of the 1940s.The upper floors feature displays of toys and toy theatres, and several rooms showing some of the Museum's excellent collection of historic costumes and textiles.
Pickfords House Museum

Museum of Georgian Life and Costume
41 Friar Gate, Derby, DE1 1DA

tele : 01332 255363
fax: 01332 716670
Pilsbury Castle

Welcome to Pilsbury Castle, a little known & intriguing Norman motte & bailey castle site in Derbyshire. You can use this site to investigate the castle's history looking at historical documents & archaeological survey information, or you can find out how the castle is part of the wider landscape that has changed over the centuries. You can travel back in time on an interactive journey, or if you are a teacher or student, you can make use of the educational resource programme. If you simply want to find out more about the area, you can browse through the walking leaflet which is available for sale in local information centre

Pilsbury Castle
The Norman Invasion of 1066 had profound consequences for Anglo-Saxon Britain and changed both society and the landscape in ways that still can be recognised today. Pilsbury Castle website aims to encourage children to become detectives and find out more about the Norman Conquest for themselves with Pilsbury Castle and its lands as the focus of their investigations.

Pollyanna Pickering
A gallery displaying original paintings by Pollyanna Pickering as well as a selection of prints and limited editions.
Polyanna Pickering
Brookvale House, Oker, Matlock, DE4 2JJ
Tel: +44 (0)1629 55851
Fax: +44 (0)1629 581581

Pomegranate Theatre

Chesterfield's theatre opened in 1949 in the Stephenson Memorial Hall which was built in 1879 to commemorate George Stephenson, who moved to Chesterfield in 1848. Originally called the Civic Theatre its name was changed to the Pomegranate in 1982. At full capacity the theatre can seat more than 500 people.The Theatre hosts professional companies as well as amateur performances from local societies such as Chesterfield Operatic.The Box Office is open Monday to Saturday, 10 am till curtain up, 7 pm for advance bookings.

Pomegranite Theatre

Corporation Street, CHESTERFIELD, Derbyshire, S41 7TX

Tel: 01246 345222
Poole's Cavern

Q Gallery

Red House Stables and Carriage Museum
Collection of harnesses, collars, liveries, horse-drawn vehicles and equipment. Horse-drawn carriage and are by arrangement and a blacksmith is at work.  The carriages and horses are seen regularly on TV and the big screen for period films, for example Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility. Have a go at carriage driving with qualified instructors.

Old Road, Darley Dale, Matlock, DE4 2ER Tel: +44 (0)1629 733583
Fax: +44 (0)1629 733583
Renishaw Hall
Renishaw Hall Gardens are Italian in design and were laid out over 100 years ago by the present owner's grandfather, Sir George Sitwell. The garden is divided into 'rooms' with yew hedges, flanked with classical statues. These 'rooms' have recently been filled with an impressive collection of plants. The garden is set in acres of parkland with lakeside and nature walks. A new children's garden has been installed for 2007.In the Stable Block is the Sitwell Museum and the Performing Arts Gallery, as well as the John Piper Gallery. You can also have a meal or just coffee and a cake in the Gallery Café.
Renishaw Hall Gardens
Renishaw Park, Renishaw,
 Sheffield, S21 3WB
Tel: 01246 432310
Repton - The Birthplace of Christianity in Mercia
The village dates back to Anglo-Saxon times and was the place where Christianity was first preached in the Midlands.  In the crypt of the church there are still well preserved remains of Saxon architecture. Repton church was the burial place of Mercian Kings. It dates from around 750 AD and contains the tombs of King Ethelbald of Mercia(ad757), King Wiglaf in AD840 and his grandson St Wystan who was brutally murdered. The crypt became a place of pilgramage.A monastery had been founded following the arrival of Christianity in Mercia around AD653. It was sacked by the Danes, lay in ruins for 200 years and never rebuilt, but the crypt survived and a church was built on the old site. Its 212 ft spire is a land mark for miles around.  Repton is known and sign posted as the capital of Mercia.
Repton- Capital of Mercia

The Dales, Askew Grove,
Repton, Derbyshire, DE65 6GS
Monday: 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Wednesday 2.30pm to 6.30pm

Tel/Fax: 01283 701309
Revolution House
The Revolution House is 3 miles north of Chesterfield, taking its name from the Revolution of 1688. Three hundred years ago this cottage was an alehouse - the 'Cock and Pynot' (pynot is a dialect word for magpie) - and it was here that three local noblemen: the Earl of Devonshire (from nearby Chatsworth), the Earl of Danby and Mr John D'Arcy, met to begin planning their part in events which led to the overthrow of King James II in favour of William and Mary of Orange. The ground floor of the cottage has a display of 17th Century furniture, and upstairs there is a changing programme of exhibitions on local themes. Also on show is a video which tells the story of the Revolution.
Revolution House
High Street, Old Whittington,
Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 9JZ
Tel: 01246 453554
Riber Castle

The Ridgeway Gallery

The Ridgeway Gallery is located in the town of Bakewell and surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the Peak District National Park. The gallery is in the recently refurbished Old Tavern building, next door to the Rutland Arms hotel. Its high, vaulted ceilings and large windows make it a light and open space for viewing art. The gallery exhibits contemporary art from some of Derbyshire's and the UK's finest artists.Collections include original figurative, landscape and contemporary work in many forms including oils, watercolours and acrylics. As well as, ceramics, sculptures, glassware and jewellery.

Ridgeway Gallery
Rutland Square
Bakewell Derbyshire  DE45 1BT
Tel 01629 814 596
Ripley, a town with its roots in industry, mainly due to the Butterley Company with its ironworks.Today the town has a shopping centre, and a leisure centre, and despite rebuilding work some of the original buildings remain to be seen today.

Tourist Offices
Town Hall , Market Place , Ripley , Derbyshire  DE5 3BT

Tel: 01773 841 488  Alternate Tel: 01773 841 486 Fax: 01773 841 487
Rosliston Forestry Centre

Royal Crown Derby Visitor Centre

St Helen's House, Derby

St John's Chapel & Heritage Centre

Sharpe's Pottery Visitor Centre
A small museum dedicated to the pottery industry of South Derbyshire, offering a varied programme of concerts, lectures, exhibitions and events, in addition to permanent displays and tourist information services.
Sharpes Pottery Museum
West Street, Swadlincote,
 Derbyshire, DE11 9DG
Tel : 01283 222600
Sherwood Foresters Memorial Tower
A unique War Memorial in the form of a lighthouse tower set upon a hill above the village of Crich. Overlooking the National Tramway museum the Tower which is 1000 feet above sea level offers a view of 7 counties. The Memorial is dedicated to The Sherwood Foresters Regiment and The Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment. An Annual Pilgrimage is held on the first Sunday in July to which all are welcome to attend.

Crich Stand, Crich, Matlock, DE4 5GX
Tel: +44 (0)1773 852350
Shipley Country Park

Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills Working Textile Museum 

Speedwell Cavern Speedwell Cavern

Stainsby Mill
Impressive fully functioning water-powered flour mill.19th-century water mill in full working order - Idyllic rustic setting - Chance to watch the grinding millstones, then buy the freshly produced flour - Massive 17 foot waterwheel - Weigh yourself on the flour scales

Stainsby Mill
Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S44 5QJ

Telephone: 01246 850430
Staunton Harold Reservoir

Strutt's North Mill
Strutt’s North Mill was the most technologically advanced building when built to William Strutt’s ‘fire-proof’ design in 1804. The museum displays the evolution of cotton spinning from cottage industry to factory system through original and replica machinery. Drop spindle to Crompton’s mule. Our famous silk and cotton hosiery collection shows fine examples of chevening (local hand embroidery on stockings) and the knitting machinery depicts the changes in this industry through the ages. See now a framework knitting machine with the famous "Derby Rib" attachment.
Derwent Valley Visitor Centre, Bridgefoot, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 1YD
E-mail Strutt’s North Mill 
Strutt’s North Mill Web site
Phone: +44 (0)1773 880474  -  Fax: +44 (0)1773 880474
Sudbury Hall
Sudbury Hall is one of the most individual of late 17th-century houses, with rich interior decoration including woodcarving by Gibbons, superb plasterwork, and decorative painted murals and ceilings by Laguerre. The Great Staircase is one of the finest of its kind in an English house. Owing to low light levels, visitors wishing to study the Hall’s plasterwork or paintings in detail should avoid dull days and late afternoons towards end of season.
Sudbury Hall
Sudbury, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 5HT
E-mail Sudbury Hall
Phone: +44 (0)1283 585305  -  Fax: +44 (0)1283 585139
Sutton Scarsdale Hall
This dramatic 18th Century hilltop shell of an imposing baroque mansion still retains remnants of its former rich plaster decoration. It was Nicholas Leake, the 4th Earl of Scarsdale who built the Hall. He wanted a mansion that was grander than Hardwick, more ornate and more splendid than Chatsworth, decorated with Italian stucco-work to rival the richest European palace. As proof of his achievement, Nicholas died bankrupt in 1736. The Hall passed from hand to hand until a speculator bought it and stripped it of everything that could be torn from it, up to and including the lead from the roof. Ruined and rotting, it was listed for demolition until, with just one day to spare, Osbert Sitwell from Renishaw Hall bought it. Now owned by English Heritage, it makes an ideal spot for a picnic.
Sutton Scarsdale House
Hall Drive, Sutton Scarsdale, Chesterfield, Derbyshire
Tel: 01246 822844 


Swadlincote, the largest town in this part of Derbyshire, is on the borders of Leicestershire and Staffordshire.The town was established as part of this area's pottery and brick industries These were been replaced by engineering and service industries in the 20th century.As a sizable town it has good shopping facilities, including a pedestrianised area, a leisure centre, and a dry ski slope.Outside Swadlincote the area has been renovated to turn the spoil heaps and other industrial waste land into park lands.Plenty to see in the area as well, including the recently opened National Forest Millennium Discovery Centre.

Sharps Pottery Museum , Swadlincote , Derbyshire  DE11 9DG
Tel: 01283 222 848
Temple Mine
Old lead and fluorspar workings reconstructed as in the 1920s and 1930s with tracks, tubs, electric lighting and exhibits still being developed along with a dressing plant.

Temple Road, Matlock Bath, Matlock, DE4 3PS
Tel: +44 (0)1629 583834
Thornbridge Hall

Thorpe Cloud

Tissington Hall

Treak Cliff Cavern

Treak Cliff Cavern

 Tutbury Castle

Upper Derwent Reservoirs

Well dressing
An ancient custom that's only found in or around the borders of Derbyshire. Well dressing might date back to the celts, or perhaps even earlier, but what exactly is it? Well dressing at it's simplest, is the art of decorating springs and wells with pictures made of growing things. Wirksworth Methodist Church well dressing along with one children's well dressing will be behind the Methodist Church on Derby Road. There will be two well dressings by three local schools at the memorial gardens on St Johns Street. There will also be another two children's designs at Cruck Beam on St Johns Street plus other well dressings at venues around the town. Blessing Service 2007 Thursday 24th May at 10.45am commencing in St Mary's and going on to visit all well dressings
Well dressing
Derbyshire, Wirksworth, DE4 4EU Tel: +44 (0)1629 822695
Whistlestop Countryside Centre
The old station buildings have been extensively renovated and contain a wildlife gardening exhibition with information relating to the local area as well as a wildlife gift shop.
Whistlerstop Countryside
Matlock Bath Railway Station, Matlock Bath, Matlock, DE4 3PT Tel: +44 (0)1629 580958
Wind in the Willows Attraction 

Winster Market House
Late 17th- or early 18th-century market house -Trust's first acquisition in the Peak District - Information room with recently created interpretation panels -Scale model of Winster village

Main Street, Winster,
 nr Matlock, Derbyshire

Tel : 01335 350503
Fax: 01335 350511

Wingfield Manor
Built by Ralph Lord Cromwell in 1439, the ruins of Wingfield Manor stand high on a hill above the village of South Wingfield. Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned at Wingfield Manor on three occasions and it was here that the romanticised plot to free Mary and overthrow Elizabeth I was hatched with Anthony Babington as one of the main conspirators. Today's visitors can enjoy exploring its superb vaulted undercroft, walking through the late Gothic Great Hall or climb the 100 steps of the tower for a magnificent view of the Amber Valley. 1 Apr-30 Sep, Wed-Sun, 1000-1800; 1-31 Oct, 1000-1700; 1 Nov-31 Mar, Sat, Sun, 1000-1300, 1400-1600
Wingfield Manor
Garner Lane, South Wingfield, Alfreton, DE5 7NH

Wirksworth Heritage Centre
Wirksworth Heritage Centre takes you from The Romans in Wirksworth to the Present Day. Discover Wirksworth's connections with George Eliot and Ellen MacArthur! Pit your wits against the computer and rescue the injured Lead Miner! Enter the dream cave and discover the remains of a prehistoric Woolly Rhino! Enjoy some of the best views of Wirksworth Town. Enjoy the new Gallery on the ground floor, displaying work by local artists, sculptors, potters and photographers.
Wirksworth Heritage Centre
Crown Yard, Market Place, Wirksworth, Matlock, DE4 4ET
Tel: +44 (0)1629 825225
No prior knowledge of Wirksworth is required as all clues are solved by observation.  Both young and old will be fascinated whilst getting out for a couple of hours seeing the sites and solving the clues. Children will enjoy beating adults to solve the clues!  We even supply a map just in case you get lost.  The answers are at the back of the book so you can check any unsolved ones before you leave.
The hunt starts at the Heritage Centre, Crown Yard, Wirksworth, DE4 4ET. From Wirksworth or just visiting, you will be surprised at how much you walk past without even noticing. We so often walk around blinkered without appreciating the great features which make our towns and cities fabulous. By following our hunt these things will be highlighted rather than hidden away.Our Wirksworth treasure hunt packs contain all the necessary elements for you need including maps, clues, answer sheet, and tips on how to get things going.

Wirksworth Treasure

Local stockists of single hunts

Wirksworth Heritage Centre, Crown Yard, Market Place, Wirksworth, Matlock, DE4 4ET

Wirksworth Post Office
Traid Links—Wirksworth

Tel: +44 (0)1629 825225
River Wye
Lazing by the banks of the River Wye in the Bakewell public park watching the wildlife and waterfowl is a great way to spend a summer day, and even in winter the river becomes picturesque with frost and snow. The five-arched bridge that crosses it is Grade One listed and was built in the early Thirteenth Century. Parking is available but very limited in the town centre, due to its popularity.

River Wye
Bridge Street, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1DS
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Free Fishing
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Gorgous Golf

Oakerthorpe, Alfreton, DE55 7LH

Allestree Park,
Allestree Hall, Allestree, Derby, DE22 2EU

Wyaston Road, Ashbourne, DE6 1NB

Station Road, Bakewell, DE4 1GB

Birch Hall,
Sheffield Road, Unstone, SE18 5DH

Blue Circle,
Cement Works, Hope, S33 2RP

Bondhay Lane, Whitwell, Worksop, S80 3EH

Pools Head Lane, Brailsford, Ashbourne, DE6 3BU

Breadsall Priory Hotel G&CC,
Moor Road, Morley, Derby, DE7 6DL

Broughton Heath,
Bent Lane, Church Broughton, DE65 5BA

43 Ashby Road East, Burton-on-Trent, DE15 0PS



Buxton & High Peak,
Townend, Buxton, SK17 7EN

Carsington Water,
Carsington, Wirksworth

Gadley Lane, Buxton, SK17 6XD

The Cockyard, Manchester Road, Chapel-en-le-Frith,

Walton, Chesterfield, S42 7LA

Chesterfield Municipal,
Murray House, Crow Lane, Chesterfield, S41 0EQ

Duffield, Derby, DE56 4EE

Derby Sinfin,
Wilmore Road, Sinfin, Derby, DE24 9HD

Erewash Valley,
Stanton-by-Dale, DE7 4QR

Glossop & District,
Sheffield Road, Glossop, SK13 7PU

Grassmoor Golf Centre,
North Wingfield Road, Grassmoor, Chesterfield,
S42 5EA

Horsley Lodge,
Smalley Mill Road, Horsley, DE21 5BL

Peewit West End Drive, Ilkeston, DE7 5GH


Kedleston Park,
Kedleston, Quarndon, Derby, DE22 5JD

Chesterfield Road, Matlock Moor, Matlock, DE4 5LZ

Rushy Lane, Risley, Derby, DE7 3ST

Uttoxeter Road, Mickleover, DE3 9AD

Morley Hayes,
Main Road, Morley, Derbyshire, DE7 6DG

New Mills,
Shaw Marsh, New Mills, High Peak, SK22 4QE

Ormonde Fields,
Nottingham Road, Codnor, Ripley, DE5 9RG

Pastures Hospital, Mickleover, DE3 5DQ

Lower Delves, Shirland, DE55 6AU

Bamford, Sheffield, S33 0BH

Walton Hay Farm, Chesterfield, S45 0LW

Tapton Park,
Crow Lane, Chesterfield, S41 0EQ

Horse Riding in Derbyshire
Belper Ridgewood Equestrian Centre
Address: Higg Lane, Alderwasley, DE56 2RA
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Buxton Northfield Farm Ridding & Trekking Centre
Address: Northfield Farm, Flash Village, Quarnford, SK17 9NP
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Buxton Buxton Riding Centre
Address: Fern Farm, London Road, SK17 9NP
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Buxton Buxton Riding School
Address: Fern Farm, Fern Road, SK17 9NP
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Buxton Northfield Farm Riding & Trekking Centre
Address: Flash, SK17 0SW
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Chesterfield Alton Riding School
Address: Alton, S42 6AW
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Chesterfield Brimington Equestrian Centre
Address: 130 Manor Road, Brimington, S43 1NN
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Clowne Ringer Villa Equestrian Centre
Address: Ringer Lane, S43 4BX
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Derby Knowle Hill Equestrian Centre
Address: Knowle Hill Farm, Ingleby Lane, Ticknall, DE73 1JQ
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Derby Barleyfields Equestrian Centre
Address: Ash Lane, Etwall, DE65 6HT
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Tennis & Raquet Clubs in DERBYSHIRE

Derbyshire Area Leagues
Derbyshire LTA

City of Derby
David Lloyd Derby | Total Tennis site
Derbyshire Tennis Centre
Rosehill Methodists (inc International Combustion) Littleover | Total Tennis site

Rosehill Methodists (inc International Combustion) Littleover | Total Tennis site
Woodlands Allestree

Belper Meadows
Burton Tennis League
Church Broughton

Duffield | Total Tennis site
Etwall | Old site
Glossop Pyegrove
Grangewood Court Tennis Netherseal
New Mills
Ridgeway near Sheffield
Stanton Ilkeston | Total Tennis site 
Tideswell | Total Tennis site
Watchorn Alfreton | Total Tennis site

Famous Mercians From DERBYSHIRE
Alan Bates 
Alison Hargreaves 
Arthur Lowe
Barnes Wallis
Catherine Booth
Constance Spry 
Eileen Cooper 
Ellen MacArthur 
Eric James
Geoff Hoon
Geraldine Jewsbury
Herbert Spencer
James Brindley
 Joe Davis 
John Hobson
John Hurt
John Wood
Richard Roberts
Robert Lindsay
Robert Robinson 
Samuel Richardson
Thomas Cook
Tim Brooke-Taylor 
Vivienne Westwood
 William Abney
William Roache
 William Venables Harcourt 

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