Historic Houses, Gardens and Local Attractions to Visit 2017

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Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1PP
Tel: 01246 565300


Chatsworth, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is one of the great Treasure Houses of England, set in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Visitors see more than 30 richly decorated rooms. In the 105 acre garden, 17th century formal waterworks and sculptures can be seen alongside Capability Brown’s lawns and Joseph Paxton’s rockeries, fountains and greenhouses and more than 5 miles of walks. Families enjoy the farmyard and the woodland adventure playground which thrills and delights children of all ages.

Opening Times

Open 25th March 2017 to 23rd December 2017
House: 11.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (last admission 4.30 p.m.
Garden: 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (last admission 5.00 p.m.
House & Garden open from 10.00 am at weekends
Farmyard and adventure playground: 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (last admission 4.30 p.m.)

Haddon Hall

Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1LA
Tel: 01629 812855


Haddon Hall is conveniently situated on the A6 between Bakewell and Matlock, Derbyshire. This Medieval and Tudor manor house is an absolute gem. Inside, there is a fine example of a medieval kitchen; and an Elizabethan long gallery – the most modern room in the house! The exterior walls are adorned with climbing roses whilst the garden brims with roses, delphiniums and clematis. Haddon Hall is a popular choice as a film and TV location. A restaurant and gift shop complete the visitor’s experience.

Opening Seasons/Times


Closed during January, February, March & November  .
Open: Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays for the remainder of April
Open daily: Saturday 8th April 2017
(Closed 21st & 22nd May)
October:  Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays onlyOpening Times: 12.00 noon – 5.00 p.m. (last admission 4.00 p.m.)

Hardwick Hall

Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5QJ
Tel: 01246 850430


This large ruined house was completed in 1591 and was one of the greatest Elizabethan mansions of its time. The owner, Bess of Hardwick, built this stately home on the foundations of an earlier building owned by the Hardwick family. It displays her innovative planning which can also be seen in the New Hall at Hardwick nearby. The view over the Country Park and New Hall are spectacular. Enjoy a free audio tour of the Old Hall and hear the story of Bess of Hardwick whose 4 marriages made her one of the richest women in England. A joint ticket to visit the Old and New Halls is available. The ruins of Hardwick Old Hall in the grounds are owned by the National Trust and administered by English Heritage.

House Opening Seasons/Times


House open from Saturday 11th February 2017 – Sunday 29th October 2017 (Closed Monday & Tuesday)
Opening Times 11.00 to 5.00 p.m.
Open Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday
Christmas opening: 18th November 2017 to 17th December 2017 (Closed Monday & Tuesday)
Opening Times: 11.00 noon to 3.00 p.m.
Garden & Park open daily 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 pm (closed 25th December 2017)

Kedleston Hall

Kedleston, Derbyshire DE22 5JH
Tel: 01332 842191


A fine example of a neo-classical mansion built between 1759-65 for the Curzon family, who have lived in the area since the 12th Century. The Hall has a series of magnificent state rooms retaining their great collections of paintings and original furniture. The parkland includes five lakes, classical lodges, a three arched bridge and cascades and a fine fishing pavilion. Kedleston Hall is owned by the National Trust.

Opening Times


House: 25th February 2017 to 29th October 2017 12.00 noon – 5.00 pm (Closed Friday)

Park & Pleasure grounds: Open Daily 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. (1st January 2017 – 24th December 2017 10.00 am to 4.00 pm)

Renishaw Hall

Renishaw, Sheffield, S21 3WB
Tel: 01246 432310


Renishaw Hall has been the family home of the Sitwells for nearly 400 years. The Hall is open by appointment to the public for exclusive and intimate tours with knowledgeable and friendly guides to talk about the family, the artefacts they have collected, the history of Renishaw.

The Gardens are Italian in design and were laid out over 100 years ago by the present owner’s grandfather, Sir George Sitwell. The garden is divided into ‘rooms’ with yew hedges, flanked with classical statues. These ‘rooms’ have recently been filled with an impressive collection of plants. The garden is set in acres of parkland with lakeside and nature walks. A Sculpture Park was installed in 2002 and features over 20 works by modern sculptors. In the Stable Block are the Sitwell Museum and the Performing Arts Gallery, as well as the John Piper Gallery.

Opening Times


22rd March 2017 to 1st October 2017
House: every Friday during the season by guided tour only 1.30pm & 2pm (Friday, Saturday & Sunday throughout August)
Gardens, Museum and newly renovated Café: Wednesday to Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays
10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. (last admissions 4.00 p.m.)

Hopton Hall

Hopton, Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4DF
Tel: 01629 540458


Dating back to 1414 Hopton Hall sits it 30 acres of ground on the edge of the White Peak National Park. Since 1996 the gardens and woodland walks have been gradually restored producing wonderful displays of Snowdrops and Aconites. New and exciting features include a Laburnun Tunnel, small Arboretum and Pinetum along with a wildlife lake and ornamental ponds. Visitors can enjoy the 1 acre walled gardens which house over 2,000 roses and 5,000 box plants. Browse the plant sales or visit the Tea Room which serves light refreshments including soup, homemade cakes and hot beverages.

Opening Times

Snow Drop Gardens: Daily from Wednesday 1st February 2017 until
Sunday 5th March 2017
10.30 am (Last admission 4.00 pm)
Summer Gardens: from 20th June 2017 until the 24th August 2017
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday (see website for full details)

Tissington Hall and Gardens

Tissington, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1RA
Tel: 01335 352200


Home of the FitzHerbert family for over 500 years. The Hall stands in a superbly maintained Estate village and contains wonderful paneling, as well as a 10 acre garden and arboretum.

Tissington is well known for it’s well-dressing and draws large crowds. The Tissington Well Dressings are estimated to attract 50,000 visitors each year in the week that the wells are dressed. This year’s Well Dressings week is 29th May – 4th June 2014.

Opening Seasons/Times

12.00 pm to 3.00 p.m. on the following dates:
17th,18th ,19th & 20th April 2017
May Bank Holiday: 30th May 2017
Well Dressings: 29th, 30th & 31st May 2017
Summer opening: 31st July – 24th August 2017 Monday to Thursday only
National Gardens Scheme Open Day: 29th August 2017


Sir Richard Arkwrights Cromford Mill

Mill Road, Cromford, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3RQ
Tel: 01629 823256


Cromford Mill is the world’s first successful water powered cotton spinning mill and acclaimed throughout the world as being the first, complete factory system. Enjoy a guided tour, available every day.

Opening Times

Daily 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day.
Open New Years Eve and Day.

Masson Mills (Working Textile Museum)

Derby Road, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire DE4 3PY
Tel: 01629 581001


Sir Richard Arkwright’s 1783 showpiece Masson Mills are the finest surviving and best preserved example of an Arkwright cotton spinning mill. A fascinating working textile museum incorporates authentic historic working textile machinery.

Opening Times

The museum is open from the first week in January 2016 until 30th November 2016 (closed Easter Sunday and throughout December)

Monday to Saturday 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Sunday 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Speedwell Cavern

Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 8WA
Tel: 01433 620512


Speedwell Cavern takes an incredible journey by boat through the underground flooded workings of an eighteenth century lead mine.

Opening Times

April to October Open Daily 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. (last tour 4.00 pm)

November to March Open Daily 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. (last tour 3.00 pm)

Closed Christmas Day

Peak Cavern

Castleton, S33 8WS
Tel: 01433 620285


Peak Cavern is a spectacular natural cavern containing historic rope works. Discover why it is called The Devil’s Arse!

Opening Times

April to October Daily 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. (last tour 4.00 p.m.)
November to March (Weekends and daily during school holidays) 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. (last tour 4.00 p.m.)

Closed Christmas Day.

Treak Cliff Cavern

Buxton Road, Castleton, HOPE VALLEY, Derbyshire, S33 8WP
Tel: 01433 620571


Visit an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites, rocks, minerals and fossils. Home of the unique mineral Blue John stone, including the largest piece ever found – still in-situ. Events include an Easter Egg Hunt, Carols by Candlelight and Polish Your Own Blue John Stone activity. If you have mobility problems, please ask for their Accessibility Information Leaflet.

Opening Times

Daily 10. 00 am until 5.00 pm (1st November – 28th February 10.00 am until 4.00 pm)

Closed 24th, 25th and 26th December.

Peak Cycle Hire

Peak Cycle Hire operates centres at Ashbourne, Derwent and Parsley Hay.

Opening Times

Open Daily from March to October: 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (or dusk if earlier)
Limited opening January, February, November & December.

Please phone centres for details or see their website

Ashbourne Cycle Hire. Tel: 01335 343156
Derwent Cycle Hire. Tel: 01433 651261
Parsley Hay Cycle Hire. Tel: 01298 84493

Hassop Station
Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1NW

One mile north of Bakewell on the A6020 / B6001 roundabout

Tel: 01629 815 668

Café, bookshop and cycle hire centre.

Café, bookshop and cycle hire centre.

Open 9am-5pm, seven days a week.

(Closed 24th, 25th & 26th December)

To avoid disappointment, please contact the Attraction to check opening times before travelling.

Posted by on 18. January 2017

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