English Tourism Week 2021 – Derbyshire

27th May 2021
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To celebrate English Tourism Week we have put together our top 3 reasons as to why you should visit Derbyshire! Whether you are staying at a Devonshire Hotel or Boltholes or planning a day visit, the Peaks has a lot to offer with something for everyone to enjoy

The Great Outdoors

The Peak District National Park is one of the most popular National Parks in Europe and has three main landscapes, the Dark Peak, White Peak and South West Peak. The Dark Peak is composed of more rugged landscapes and is ideal for those looking for a more challenging outdoor experience.

Cyclists have a range of different trails to choose from, our personal favourites are the Monsail Trail with its jaw dropping views along the viaduct overlooking the Wye Valley. Tissington Trail is another brilliant ride where you can take in the upland, pasture and woodland which you can then cross over to the High Peak Trail. If you are looking for something short and sweet the Sett Valley Trail may be more appropriate, you can check out more cycle routes here.

If you are looking for a little peace and tranquillity visit the Ladybower Reservoir, this naturally magnificent location is situated in the Upper Derwent Valley near Hope at the heart of the Peak District National Park.

For those that like to live life on the edge you most definitely have to visit Stanage Edge and recreate that popular scene from Pride & Prejudice. You may also spot the local DSC soaring around taking in the Peaks from a different perspective. If you too want to enjoy the views from above take the cable cars at Heights of Abraham where your ticket allows you to experience many outdoor and indoor activities including playgrounds, exhibitions, heritage walks and picnic spots.

Alternatively head underground and visit the many Caverns in Castleton including the world famous Blue John Cavern which is home to the Blue John Stone!

Culture Attractions

Chatsworth House is renowned for the quality of its art, landscape and hospitality, and it has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions and interests of succeeding generations. Today Chatsworth contains works of art that span 4000 years, from ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture, and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese, to work by outstanding modern artists, including Lucian Freud, Edmund de Waal and David Nash.

There are over 30 rooms to explore, from the magnificent Painted Hall, regal State Rooms, restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery. Life Stories exhibition is currently showing at the house which showcases real people revealed in portraits and objects. You can explore this exhibition with a Chatsworth House and Garden ticket which you can book here.

Visit Buxton Museum and Art Gallery to discover the archaeology, geology, art and history of the Peak District. Or if you are looking for something a little more contemporary head over the West Studios in Chesterfield which features work from the local community.

Bolsover Castle is a must-see for history lovers when visiting the area. The castle is just a 35 minute drive from Chatsworth and has spectacular views over Derbyshire. The fairy-tale Stuart mansion was designed to entertain and impress with extensive ground waiting to be explored. You can wander the lavish rooms of the Little Castle (Subject to opening restrictions, advance booking may be necessary), explore the romantic ruined terrace range, and delight in the views from the wall walk.

The Great British Car Journey is a great day out where you can celebrate British entrepreneurs and engineers who were at the forefront of a transport revolution. They feature over 100 British Classic cars, from the days of the Austin Seven up to the latest McLaren. You'll be guided by the latest interactive technology, with fantastic activities for children and a great café where you can relax after your tour!

The Food

First things first, you cannot visit Derbyshire and not treat yourself to a Bakewell Pudding! This famous dessert can be found in many bakeries across the UK, but originates from the quaint market town of Bakewell.

The Peaks has an array of fresh local produce right on its doorstep for you to enjoy! Stop by the Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop and explore their tasty offerings from around the Chatsworth Estate, farms, Derbyshire suppliers and other small food producers. Not far from the shop is the Devonshire Arms at Pilsley, a charming inn where you can enjoy great food and excellent ales.

If you are looking for a fine dining experience then The Cavendish Hotel, Baslow is the one for you! The three AA Rosette Gallery Restaurant has some of the most innovative and delicious dishes to please all the senses. You can also indulge in the most satisfying sweet, homemade creations with their traditional Afternoon Tea in the Garden Room. Or enjoy an al-fresco experience like no other on the Laurent-Perrier Champagne & Seafood Terrace and sample some of your favourite Seafood dishes whilst drinking up the views of the Chatsworth Estate.

For more information about English Tourism week Visit Britain’s website and if you would like to make a reservation at a Devonshire Hotel, Restaurant or Bolthole you can check availability and do so here.

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