Things to do in the Peak District for Families 

2nd November 2023
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Are you considering a family trip to the Peak District? It’s a well-known fact that children love exploring the outdoors, and there’s no destination more ideal for this than the Peaks. With its untamed moorland, striking peaks, and pretty villages straight out of a storybook, the Peak District offers an all-encompassing experience for both adventure seekers and those looking for relaxation.  If you need ideas and suggestions for activities during your visit, keep reading for our favourite family-friendly things to do in the Peak District. 

Go for a family walk

The beauty of the Peak District is that there are plenty of walks to explore for all ages and abilities. One of our favourite family-friendly walks is the Bakewell to Chatsworth trail. Starting in the picturesque village of Bakewell, it leads through beautiful woodland to the sweeping pastures of the Chatsworth Estate. Keep your eyes peeled for neighbouring wildlife like sheep and deer along the way!

Plan your route here: Peak District Kids Bakewell to Chatsworth Walk 

Discover the Heights of Abraham 

Embark on an exciting day out by ascending to The Heights of Abraham Country Park via a cable car ride. Not only is the ride up there a unique experience, but tickets include entry to all of the attractions once you reach the top. Enjoy exploring the underground illuminated caverns, or head to the adventure playground for hours of uninterrupted enjoyment. 

Tickets cost £24.50 for adults and £17.50 for children. 

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Take a ride on a Peak Rail Train

Step back in time and savour the picturesque Derbyshire countryside from the comfort of a nostalgic steam train journey. The line forms part of the old Midland Railway line between Manchester Central and London St Pancras which was closed in 1968. You can board the train at either Matlock or Rowsley South Stations to explore four miles of beautiful scenery. What’s more, children can ride for free on selected dates, which means more money for food and drink when you’re on board!

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Explore Chatsworth House and Gardens 

It wouldn’t be a trip to the Peak District without visiting Chatsworth House and Gardens. Located right in the heart of the Peak District countryside, this 16th-century stately home welcomes all ages to enjoy the rich heritage that it offers. Children can learn all about the history of the house by exploring its 25 rooms, before enjoying unlimited use of the gardens and grounds. 

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Discover Chatsworth Farmyard and Adventure Playground

As well as Chatsworth House and its Gardens, there is also a farmyard and adventure playground waiting to be discovered too. Children can embark on a real farmyard experience, interacting with an array of animals including pigs, cows, sheep, and horses. Afterwards, a captivating woodland playground awaits, complete with a thrilling zipline to keep young adventurers engaged and entertained.

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Enjoy a spot of shopping at Peak Village

Peak Village is nestled in the hills of Derbyshire, just a stone's throw away from Chatsworth House and Gardens. Here, you'll find a selection of independent and national shops for the whole family that offer everything from clothing and fashion to homeware and gifts. In addition to the shops, there's also an indoor adventure play area where the children can enjoy diving into ball pools, climbing over obstacles and whizzing down slides. Afterwards, enjoy some downtime with a delicious meal at Chatsworth Kitchen or Massarella's.

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Enjoy the Countryside on Horseback 

Explore the stunning landscapes of the Peak District from a new perspective with a family horse ride. Suitable for all levels, Derbyshire Pony Trekking offers off-road horseriding experiences that all the family can enjoy, including forest and sunset treks. 

Prices start at £30 per person and are open seven days a week. Book your trek here: Derbyshire Pony Trekking 

Explore the Ruins of Peveril Castle

Located on an isolated, rocky hilltop overlooking the Hope Valley, Peveril Castle makes for a fascinating and informative day out. Walk up to the top of the hill where the castle sits to take in the breathtaking views, before discovering the remains of the ruins. 

Tickets are available from £7.50 per adult and £4.50 per child. Book your ticket here: English Heritage, Peverill Castle 

Take to the Water

For families passionate about outdoor activities and watersports, the Peak District is an ideal destination. Peaks and Paddles specialises in family-friendly outdoor adventure activities that can be customised to abilities and groups. Whether you're eager to embrace the water and discover the joys of kayaking or prefer the excitement of caving, your chosen activity will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. 

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Visit Thornbridge Hall 

Thornbridge Hall is well known for its architecture, gardens and rich history. Set in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside on the Thornbridge Estate, there are plenty of things for children of all ages to enjoy there. Get up close and personal with pigs and sheep in the free Meet the Animals area, or cook up a storm in the ‘mud kitchen’ sandpit. 

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Learn How to Make Ice Cream at Thorpe Farm

Sample delicious Hope Valley ice cream and learn all about how it’s made with a tour of Thorpe Farm. Visitors are invited to explore the farmyard and milking parlours, before meeting some of the cows, sheep and pigs that live on the farm. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious ice-cream and a hot chocolate from the shop onsite. 

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Make a Stay of it 

If you’re planning on visiting the Peak District for longer than the day, why not stay in one of our beautiful family-friendly holiday cottages or boltholes? Every property is located in the heart of the beautiful Chatsworth Estate for a peaceful break. Whether you're seeking the distinctive charm of a Shepherd's Hut or the convenience and comfort of your own cottage, our accommodations cater to the preferences of every family.

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