Derbyshire is home to some of the country's most stunning scenery and most opulent country homes; the verdant peaks, rich historical heritage and plethora of exciting attractions mean visitors are guaranteed to enjoy warm hospitality and an exciting adventure.
Tour the Historic Houses
Begin your Derbyshire day with a visit to some of Derbyshire's most revered and remarkable abodes; Chatsworth House welcomes visitors to explore the glittering treasure trove of over 30 opulent and elaborate rooms. Discover the history of the colourful characters of the Chatsworth family while wandering through the magnificent Painted Hall, admiring the art in the Sculpture Gallery and discovering the bedroom secrets of an Edwardian Lady's maid. Chatsworth House also boasts one of Europe's most significant art collections of 3000 pieces including contemporary ceramics, classic art and artefacts from ancient Egypt. Next, visit the majestic structure of Hardwick Hall, an Elizabethan architectural masterpiece surrounded by herbaceous borders, stunning landscapes and rural wildlife. Spend the late morning wander the gorgeous gardens, glittering lake and enchanting woodlands before settling down for hearty, wholesome and home cooked lunch in The Great Barn Restaurant. The restaurant uses prime ingredients grown on the grounds of the stately home to create classic dishes such as succulent sausages and creamy herb mash, slow cooked lamb and rosemary pie and chicken breast with creamy mushroom sauce.
The Magnificent Heights of Matlock
After admiring the astounding opulence of the stately homes, return to earth with a visit to Matlock, a traditional Derbyshire town quite literally steeped in natural beauty; wander the quaint and sloping high street to enjoy traditional arcades, stepping into the dazzling depths of the Matlock Bath Aquarium to enjoy glittering vistas of over 50 species of fish. Next, ascend the ragged hilltop to enjoy panoramic views of the Peak District upon the incredibly Heights of Abraham cable car system. Soar atop verdant peaks to the historic mining town in order to absorb the transcendental tranquillity of The Savage Garden, which dates back to the regal Regency era. Nature trails take visitors on a journey around beautiful flora and fauna, pointing out rare species that thrive in the area. During your visit, ensure you enter the intriguing interior of The Rock Shop, an enticing tavern full of rocks that highlight the natural diversity of the area; it's the perfect place to pick up a special souvenir or a unique relic of your day.
The Creative Cuisine of Stones Restaurant
Nestled in a picturesque pocket of the charming town of Matlock, the stylish interior and fabulous fare of Stones Restaurant entices locals and tourists alike. Sink into an elaborately upholstered dining seat to begin the feast with either scallops and pork belly or celeriac and thyme soup, moving on to honey glazed breast of duck or a delicate duo of beef and finishing the unforgettable dining experience with either a fine bottle of French wine or a ginger crème brulee.