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Peak District and Derbyshire

Explore the wind-swept peaks and far-reaching views of the first National Park or visit the wider county of Derbyshire for historic houses, fragrant gardens and wild countryside adventures.

Places to visit

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Top places to visit in the Peak District and Derbyshire

A family of visitors walk down a grassy path through the Pleasure Grounds towards the south front of the house at Calke Abbey on a summer's day
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Calke Abbey 

The un-stately home and country estate

Derby, Derbyshire

Fully open today
The East view of Hardwick from the East Court
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Hardwick 

An Elizabethan masterpiece

Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Fully open today
Sycamore tree against the backdrop of Adams Bridge
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Kedleston Hall 

18th-century mansion with Adam interiors, colonial history and vast parkland

Derby, Derbyshire

Fully open today
A child walking along a fallen tree holding an adult's hand with another child playing on a tree in the background
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Longshaw, Burbage and the Eastern Moors 

Excellent walking country with ancient woods and tumbling streams

near Sheffield, Derbyshire

Fully open today
A view over the Italian gardens at Ilam Park looking out to the hills of the White Peak with Thorpe Cloud in the distance
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Ilam Park, Dovedale and the White Peak 

The White Peak, including Ilam Park, Dovedale, and Hamps and Manifold Valleys

Ashbourne, Staffordshire

Fully open today
Walkers on the path up to Kinder Scout, Edale, Derbyshire
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Kinder, Edale and the Dark Peak 

Heather-clad moors of Kinder, to the gritstone tors of Derwent Edge

Derbyshire

Fully open today
View of Lyme Hall and the Italian Garden at Lyme, Cheshire
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Lyme 

Glorious house, surrounded by gardens, moorland and deer park

Stockport, Cheshire

Fully open today
A view of the water tower, positioned on a slight grassy hill with a large tree to the left at Staunton Harold
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Staunton Harold 

Countryside space with wildflower meadows, woodland walks and open water

Melbourne, Derbyshire

Fully open today
A view of a bench between the trees surrounded by grass and overlooking the reservoir at Foremark
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Foremark 

Nature reserve with woodland walks, grass heathland and open water

Derbyshire

Fully open today

Walking in Derbyshire and the Peak District

Get outdoors and enjoy some of the most spectacular walks in the country

Two hills in the background and rolling green fields with grazing sheep in the foreground on a sunny winter day
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Trail

Ilam Park to Wetton circular walk 

A scenic walk from Ilam Hall and Park that goes via the River Manifold and River Hamps, taking in stunning views of limestone rock formations on the way.

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 10 (km: 16)
A steep sided mountain with a valley below in low early evening light. Two walkers in silhouette are just about discernible on the top of the mountain.
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Trail

Mam Tor circular walk 

This circular walk from Mam Tor in the Peak District takes in some of the most dramatic scenery in the Edale Valley.

Activities
Walking
DistanceMiles: 3 (km: 4.8)
A lamb and ewe in the foreground with people walking up a hill in the White Peak area of the Peak District

See all the walks near you 

Discover the best walking routes around the Peak District and Derbyshire for walkers of all abilities, from peaks and lakeside paths to expanses of moorland.

Summer shows

There are a number of performances and cinema screenings taking place across Derbyshire this summer. Plan your perfect summer show today.

4 people with instruments perform on a stage

The Secret Diary of Henry VIII at Ilam Park 

Join us on 4 August at Ilam Park for laugh out loud family entertainment. Experience the life and drama of the Tudor Court in front of the spectacular backdrop of Thorpe Cloud.

4 people with instruments perform on a stage

Comedy of Errors at Kedleston Hall 

Three Inch Fools theatre company perform Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors against the backdrop of Kedleston Hall and Parkland.

An audience watches a movie in an outdoor garden

Adventure cinema at Calke Abbey 

Experience four nights of open-air film screenings in the grounds of Calke Abbey this summer: Thursday 8 August: Grease Sing-A-Long Friday 9 August: Top Gun Saturday 10 August: Mamma Mia Sunday 11 August: Back To The Future

One male and female performer from the Hand Made Theatre in costume holding a prop bird

Theatre and workshops at the Children's Country House 

Join us at the Children's Country House for theatre performances and workshops in the new Woodland Theatre.

Visitors at an open-air cinema event on the grounds at Hardwick, Derbyshire.

Summer Nights Film Festival at The Children's Country House at Sudbury 

Join us for screenings of Barbie (16 August) and Wonka (17 August) at The Children's Country House at Sudbury.

Family friendly days out in Derbyshire & Peak District

Make memories with your family in the special places we care for in the Peak District and Derbyshire, whatever the weather. There's plenty to explore, from cycle trails and organised activities to a country house designed specially for younger visitors.

Visitors enjoying a picnic on a fallen tree on the family trail at Longshaw, Burbage and the Eastern Moors, Derbyshire

Family-friendly places to visit in the Peak District and Derbyshire 

Explore the Peak District and Derbyshire with your family, including outdoor play areas and a country house designed specially for younger visitors.

What's on in Derbyshire

Family exploring the gardens at Hardwick, Derbyshire

Events in the Peak District and Derbyshire 

Join in a host of seasonal adventures and events for all ages at places near you. Find out what's on and what’s coming soon.

Get involved

A photo of a volunteer dressed in a hooded coat and wearing gloves looking at a sphagnum moss plug with volunteers working in the background

Volunteering in the Peak District and Derbyshire 

There are lots of ways to get involved and make a difference as a volunteer in the Peak District and Derbyshire, from conserving nature to telling the stories of historic houses and estates.

Two children walking down the stone steps outside the south front at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire.
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Supporter groups in the Peak District and Derbyshire 

Find out about the supporter groups you can join in Derbyshire and the Peak District. Choose from the Peak District Centre, Mudlarks NTV Group, East Midlands NTV Group, Sheffield Association, South Derbyshire NTV Group and the Derby & District Members’ Group.

Sustainable Travel

Cycling at Kinver Edge, Staffordshire
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Sustainable travel in the Peak District and Derbyshire 

There are a number of sustainable options for travelling to and from the places in our care in the Peak District & Derbyshire, whether you’re looking to travel by train, bus, bike or foot. Here’s a little more information that can help you plan your visit.

Upcoming events

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Orienteering at Kedleston Hall 

Kedleston Hall, Derby, Derbyshire

Available daily, explore more of the parkland at Kedleston with a family friendly orienteering course. Using a map, choose your own route to find your way.

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14 Jul to 31 Aug 2024
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09:00 to 16:00
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Summer of Play: the Garden of Imagination at Calke Abbey 

Calke Abbey, Derby, Derbyshire

Ready, set go! Summer is here and the Garden of Imagination returns to Calke, packed full of every flavour of play.

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14 Jul to 1 Sep 2024
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09:00 to 17:00
+ 49 other dates or times
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Ilam Park Summer: Festival of Archaeology 

Ilam Park, Dovedale and the White Peak, Ashbourne, Staffordshire

Become an Ilam Archaeologist and get involved over the 2 weeks hunting for history and taking part in our craft events.

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14 Jul to 28 Jul 2024
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10:00 to 15:00
+ 14 other dates or times
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Summer of Play: outdoor games at Foremark 

Foremark, Derbyshire

Ready, set, go! Enjoy a summer of play at Foremark, with outdoor games for the whole family to enjoy.

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14 Jul to 1 Sep 2024
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10:00 to 16:00
+ 49 other dates or times
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Summer of Play: outdoor games at Staunton Harold 

Staunton Harold, Melbourne, Derbyshire

Ready, set, go! Enjoy a summer of play at Staunton Harold, with outdoor games for the whole family to enjoy.

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14 Jul to 1 Sep 2024
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10:00 to 16:00
+ 49 other dates or times
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Guided tours of Staunton Harold Church 

Staunton Harold Church, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire

Join a knowledgeable volunteer guide on a tour inside Staunton Harold Church. Hear stories of the Shirley family and see the decorative interior of this rare and important church.

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14 Jul to 27 Oct 2024
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10:30 to 11:30
+ 15 other dates or times
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Fairy/Elf House Tealight Holder 

The Children’s Country House at Sudbury, Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Create your own fairy or elf house tealight holder by learning various techniques to sculpt it using clay.

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14 Jul 2024
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11:00 to 12:00
+ 2 other dates or times
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Material Power: Let the textiles do the talking 

Hardwick, Chesterfield, Derbyshire

A celebration of tapestry, embroidery and appliqué. Discover how Bess of Hardwick’s exquisite textile collection tells her story.

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14 Jul to 3 Nov 2024
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11:00 to 15:30
+ 112 other dates or times
Visitors exploring the sand dunes and the woodland at Formby, Liverpool

Where will you visit next?

Discover lots of gardens, historic houses, days out at the coast and more.