Places to Visit

Although your reason you chose the Peak district might have been for the beautiful walks we can offer, you or members of your party might want to also have some relaxing lets-go-see days. This page can’t offer a definitive list of all attractions in and around the Peak district, but it should give you a bit of a taste of what’s on offer for adults and children alike.

Immediate Vicinity

The Gables, is surrounded by stunning scenery and is ideal for discovering the breathtaking landscapes of the Peak District National Park.

The area offers things to do and see throughout the year, whether it be outdoor activities; visiting historic buildings; taking part in local summer carnivals or just general site seeing – the area has everything for a lovely weekend break or longer stay.

Within easy reach of The Gables are the historic villages of EyamCastleton and Tideswell which offer shopping facilities as well as being areas of local interest. Slightly further afield you have Bakewell and Buxton with plenty of beautiful scenery and picturesque villages in between

Most villages in the peak district have regular community events, especially between May and late August Peak district villages take it in turn to hold “Wakes”, a semi pagan-christian week long celebration including Well Dressing and carnival procession.

Local Villages

Eyam: Pronounced locally as “Eame“, commonly known as ‘The Plague village’. In 1665 the “Black Death”plague was brought to the village by a local tailor returning from a visit to London with cloth containing plague carrying flees.

The village itself hasn’t changed a great deal in the intervening years and many of the beautiful buildings carry blue plaques detailing the previous owners and how they faired in the plague.

Castleton: This small village at the top end of the Hope Valley has something for everyone – a ruined castle; exciting caves; a stunning backdrop and buildings that make the whole village like one from a Brothers Grimm story book.Blue John Stone, a form of Fluorspa, can be seen within two of the caverns – Blue John Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern – and a selection of jewellery can be found on sale in the village from the small pieces that are still mined and polished.
The village boast six pubs and numerous cafes scattered amongst it’s winding lanes and footpaths, all of which lead back to the main street, which bustles with activity all year round, whether it be celebrating Garland Day in May, or providing festive entertainment in December.

Litton: Situated 2km East of Tideswell is a picturesque area and a favourite of walkers and cyclists. Originally founded after the Norman Conquest, by Sir Dilbert de Lytton. Originally a lead-mining village Litton comprises mostly of small cottages and old buildings alongside larger more recently built houses.

Tideswell: Tideswell is a large village offering a mix of shopping amenities, cafes and pubs, with quaint cottages and historic buildings.Having hosted a Cattle Market in years gone by, Tideswell has always provided a commercial centre for the surrounding villages – it is said to have had over 80 shops situated in the village in the last one hundred years, many of which have now been renovated into dwellings.

Take a walk around the village and you will notice cottages dating back to centuries – parts of Markey Gate Barn is believed to date to the 14th century. Tideswell is probably best known for the unusually large and impressive St John The Baptist Church otherwise known as “The Cathedral of the Peak” with many unusual medieval wooden and stone carvings of hybrid mythical creatures. If you are feeling more lively, take a walk to Tideswell Dale or to Litton, home of the infamous Peter’s Stone (locally known as Gibbet’s Rock) well worth a visit.

Stately Homes, Castles and Follies

Chatsworth: Chatsworth House is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The house architecture and collection have been evolving for five centuries.

Featured in numerous films and TV series such as Pride & Prejudice the house has over 30 rooms to explore, from the magnificent Painted Hall, Regal State rooms, newly restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery.

Peveril Castle: This remains one of the most impressive examples of very early Norman castles, with spectacular views over the peal district.

Haddon Hall: Haddon Hall is probably the finest example of a fortified medieval manor house in existence. Present-day Haddon Hall dates from the 12th Century to the early 17th Century, whereupon it lay dormant for over two hundred years from 1700 until the 1920s, when the 9th Duke and Duchess of Rutland restored the house and gardens, and once again made it habitable. Haddon Hall was the location for the film ‘he Other Boleyn Girl.

Solomon’s Temple: The tower itself was built in 1896 to replace an earlier structure constructed by Solomon Mycock a local farmer and landowner. Although not in the true spirit of a folly, that is having no practical purpose whatsoever, Solomon’s Temple actually occupies a site of ancient significance. It rises from the centre of an ancient burial mound, and during the tower’s construction an archaeological dig here revealed several Bronze Age skeletons from the “Beaker Period”, along with later Roman items.

Child Friendly Places To Visit

Whilst the places to visit listed above appeal to all ages, the list below is specifically aimed at putting big smiles on little faces!

Chatsworth farm and adventure playground: The farmyard offers an almost guaranteed hit with children of all ages. They can meet ponies and lambs, have a trailer ride followed by swings, climbing and a splash around in the open air.

Lyme Park: Stately home surrounded by gardens, moorland and a deer park.

Gulivers Kingdom Matlock: Adventure theme park with a wide range of rides, western world and pirates play area.

Tittesworth reservoir: Lovely walks around this reservoir with ducks geese and lots of other wildlife.

Jump Heaven Hazel Grove: With huge wall to wall trampolines, climbing areas and a Total Wipeout challenge, there is lots to keep energetic children happy and busy.

Bakewell Swimming Pool: Swimming pool and fitness centre.

Buxton Swimming Pool: Swimming pool and fitness centre.

Swains Go-Karting Buxton: Go-karting centre, races for young and older!

Go-Ape Buxton: Tree top adventure centre with zip wires, obstacle course and trips in the forest using electric subways.

Further Afield

The Peak forest is not too far from the centre of England and as such is within modest driving distance from, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby, Doncaster, & Chesterfield.

Attractions such as Bolsover Castle NT, Hardwick Hall NT, Guillivers Kingdom (Theme-Park), Kedleston HallCritch Tramway VillageCalke Abbey NT, Sudbury Hall NT, and Carsington Water, are all approximately between 45 and 90 minutes drive from The Gables.