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LOCAL ATTRACTIONS 2017-10-05T12:44:39+00:00

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Visit the many attractions in and around Bakewell

Bakewell is a picturesque market town situated on the River Wye and lies right in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Bakewell dates back to Saxon times and is home to the famous Bakewell pudding. Bakewell has something for everyone, from its many historic buildings and its wonderful riverside walks along the banks of the Wye, to its award-winning town centre with shopping arcades and numerous cafe’s and restaurants.

Monday is market day when you can find the streets alive with a wide variety of stalls including home wares, foods and clothes. The cattle market is still held on a Monday but is now housed at the Agricultural Centre on the edge of town. Once a month on a Saturday at the Agricultural Centre, there is a thriving farmers market where you can purchase a variety of locally grown produce including, meat, cheeses, mushrooms and wine and beer.

The delightful 5 arched bridge spans the River Wye and upstream there is a narrower pack horse bridge. The striking 12C parish church sits on a rise overlooking the town and has an impressive Saxon cross in the churchyard, and behind the church, the fascinating and wonderfully curated Old House museum, dates back to 1584.

Within a short drive of Bakewell, the Peak District provides a stunning backdrop to the many places to visit in the area including Country Estates, museums, pretty villages and market towns, and of course there are many adventures you can have in the beautiful countryside from a gentle river stroll to zip trekking through the tree tops! Here are a few of our favourites:

CHATSWORTH ESTATE

A STUNNING COUNTRY HOUSE AND GARDENS

No visit to the Peak District is complete with our a visit to probably one of the finest country estates in the UK. Chatsworth is a working estate and receives many thousands of visitors each year. Visitors can enjoy, the spectacular house with it’s artworks and treasures, stroll through the beautiful landscaped gardens, take a longer hike through the estate to the hunting tower or just peruse the shops and enjoy a meal in the the restaurant. Numerous events take place each year at Chatsworth including the Horse trials and the highlight of the year, the Chatsworth Country Game Fair. Website:http://www.chatsworth.org/

HADDON HALL

AN ELIZABETHAN HOUSE AND GARDENS

Set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park, parts of the house date from the 12th Century, sitting like a jewel in its Elizabethan terraced gardens, and overlooking the River Wye. Film-makers flock to Haddon Hall to use it as a location. The house and grounds have played host to no less than three versions of “Jane Eyre”. Screen credits also include Elizabeth”, Pride & Prejudice” and “The Other Boleyn Girl”. This year marks the silver jubilee of “The Princess Bride”, the cult classic movie in which Haddon Hall became Humperdinck’s Castle. Website: http://www.haddonhall.co.uk/

OLD HOUSE MUSEUM

A COLLECTION OF LOCAL HISTORY

This fascinating old Tudor house was built in the reign of Henry VIII and  contains a wonderful collection of artefacts telling the story of the Peak District. After falling into disrepair, the house was scheduled for demolition in the 1950’s but was saved by The Bakewell & District Historical Society who renovated it and converted it into the museam.

Address: Cunningham Place, North Church Street, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1DD
Tel: 01629 813642
Website:  www.oldhousemuseum.org.uk

CRICH TRAMWAY VILLAGE

THE NATIONAL TRAMWAY MUSEUM

Crich Tramway Village is the recreated historic village that is the setting for the National Tramway Museum in Derbyshire. The village is set around a period street, with several re-built buildings from all over the country, including the facade of the former Assembly Rooms from Derby and the Red Lion Inn from Stoke-on-Trent.

The village also includes a cafe, old-style sweet shop, and the museum’s tram depots. Whatever your interest there is lots to see, explore and discover and the village makes an ideal family day out in the heart of Derbyshire. Website: http://www.tramway.co.uk/

CARSINGTON WATER

NATURE RESERVE AND ACTIVITY CENTRE

Carsington Water is a local centre for outdoor activities – there is a sailing club active next door to the Visitor Centre, and there are many opportunities for walking and cycling around the reservoir and the surrounding villages.

The central courtyard is home to a range of unique shops and cafe’s. For those wishing to dine, there is the Mainsail restaurant with stunning views over the water.

Cycle hire is available and there is plentiful car parking. For young children there is a children’s playground near the visitor centre. Website: http://www.carsingtonwater.com/

BUXTON

THE CAPITAL OF THE PEAKS

Buxton is the capital of the Peak District. Famous as a Spa Town it has been a popular holiday resort for centuries. It is set in stunning scenery with magnificent architecture, a wealth of shops, and a thriving arts scene.

Coupled with its world-famous spa water, Buxton has plenty to offer any visitor. The Pavilion gardens are beautiful and home to many events and fairs throughout the year.

Website: http://www.visitbuxton.co.uk/

THE MATLOCKS

MATLOCK & MATLOCK BATH

Matlock bath is built alongside the River Derwent in a steep and beautiful gorge and was extremely fashionable and prosperous in the nineteenth century with its spectacular scenery, shops and spa.

Historic Matlock Town is also worth a visit for its shops, quaint café’s and restaurants all flanked by stunning scenery. Hall Leys Park right in the centre of Matlock is a lovely way to while away a few hours on a sunny day. Play mini golf or tennis, or just watch the world go by whilst enjoying a cake and coffee at the Café in the Park. Website: http://www.matlock.org.uk/

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