Welcome to Derbyshire
Sometimes overlooked in favour of other Counties, Derbyshire as a destination has a lot to offer. With a recorded history stretching back centuries and numerous Bronze Age burial burrows and artefacts, Derbyshire is considered to be one of the cornerstones of British civilisation.
Things to Do
The city of Derby is home to just 250,000 people but offers everything that a first class city should:
- Derby Museum and Art Gallery is well regarded as a must-see attraction and manages to combine its period charm with 21st Century relevancy with its many exhibits. Best of all, admission is free.
- Derby Cathedral is also well worth a visit. Its original form was constructed in 1523 with further additions and renovations made in 1723. Much of its period neoclassical architecture remains and it now features protected status as a listed building.
- Derby is also a great shopping destination with the recent addition of the intu Shopping Centre. Featuring over 50 stores and numerous restaurants, intu has become something of a tourist attraction it its own right.
If you prefer a slower pace of life, the more rural areas of Derbyshire offer some great sights:
- Calke Abbey, built in the 18th Century, is now a popular tourist attraction operated by the National Trust. Marketed as an ‘un-stately home’, Calke Abbey is a favourite with both children and adults.
- Not too far away in the town of Chesterfield, lies a Church with a spire that attracts visitors from all over the country. Built in the 15th Century, Chesterfield Parish Church features what is known as a crooked spire due to the way in which it twists and warps as it points to the sky.
- Everyone loves a day spent at a farm so Matlock Farm Park should feature near the top of your to-do list. Located near the village of Matlock, the farm features Meerkats and Alpacas as well as a go-kart track for the more adventurous types.
Where to Stay
If you can, it is recommended that you stay for a few days to fully take in all that Derbyshire has to offer. If you’re staying in Derby itself, there are many well-known hotel chains to choose from depending on your preference and budget. Most of these hotels are located in the city centre and offer parking as well as close links to public transport and all the amenities that Derby has to offer.
If you can do without a branded coffee shop on your doorstep then also consider staying at one of the many B&Bs, guest houses and smaller hotels that Derbyshire has to offer. You have the pick of some great locations such as Buxton and Bolsover as well as the Peak District’s very own Hope. All of them offer stunning views and will make your stay one to remember.
If you’re struggling with all that choice, consider Derbyshire Country Cottages and other similar businesses who specialise in short term holiday accommodation. Most will be self-catering but a few do offer the amenities of a hotel with a little extra added charm.
Give Derbyshire a go for your next short break and you’re guaranteed to want to make a return visit.