Historic Houses, Gardens and Local Attractions to Visit 2015

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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 28th March 2015 to 23rd December 2015.

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.)

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 Easter: Wednesday 1st April 2015 until Tuesday 7th April 2015        .

Open Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays for the remainder of April

Open daily: Friday 1st May – Wednesday 30th September (Closed 30th & 31st May)

October:  Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays only.

Opening Times: 12.00 noon – 5.00 p.m. (last admission 4.00 p.m.)

Christmas: Tuesday 8th – Sunday 19th December 2015

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 7th February 2015 – Sunday 1st November 2015 (Closed Monday & Tuesday)

Opening Times 12.00 to 4.30 p.m.

Open Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday

Christmas opening: 28th November 2015 to 20th December 2015: (Closed Monday & Tuesday)

Opening Times: 10.30 noon to 3.30 p.m.

Garden & Park open daily 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 pm

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: 7th February to 22nd February 2015 11.00 am- 3.00 pm (Closed Friday)

7th March to 1st November 2015 12 noon to 5 pm (closed Friday).

Park & Pleasure grounds: Open Daily 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. (7th February 2015 – 1st November 10.00 am to 6.00 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

27th   March 2015 to 27th September 2015

House: every Friday during the season by guided tour only 1pm & 2.30 pm (also Friday, Saturday & Sunday throughout August)

Gardens, Museum and Gallery 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 Saturday 31st January 2015 until Sunday 1st March 2015.

10.30 am (Last admission 4.00 pm)

Summer Gardens: 16th June 2015 until 27th August 2015

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

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:

Easter week: Monday 6th – Friday 10th April

May Bank Holidays: Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th May 2015

Well Dressings: Monday 18th – Wednesday 20th May 2015

May Bank Holiday week: 25th – 28th May 2015

August Summer opening: 3rd – 31st August 2015 Monday to Thursday only.

Bank Holiday Monday 31st August 2015 (National Gardens Scheme Open Day)

Recently refurbished, Herbert’s Fine English Tearooms are open for coffee, lunch and afternoon cream tea

9th January- 13th February (Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays)

Open every day during February half term 14th – 23rd February 2015

Open daily from Friday 27th February – 31st October 2015

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 2015 until 30th November 2015 (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.

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.

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

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

Posted by on 27. January 2015

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