Historic Houses, Gardens and Local Attractions to Visit 2014

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Chatsworth House and Gardens

Opening Times

Open 16th March to 4th January 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.)

*Please note that Chatsworth House, Garden, Farmyard, Shops and Restaurants are closed on 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January 2015.

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Haddon Hall

BAKEWELL, Derbyshire, DE45 1LA

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

Easter: Friday 18th April until Tuesday 22nd April 2014 inclusive .

Saturday 5th April until 28th April, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only, except for Easter opening dates.

May to September: Open Daily (Closed to public Friday 18th July to Sunday 20th July)

October: Saturday, Sunday and Monday only.

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

12.00 pm- 8.00 pm (last admission 7.15pm) every Thursday during June and July

Christmas: 3rd to 14th December open daily from 10.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

For more information please visit their website or call 01629 812855.

Hardwick Hall

Doe Lea, CHESTERFIELD, Derbyshire, S44 5QJ

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

15th February to 2nd November 2014: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – Opening Times 12.00 to 4.30 p.m.

Open Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday

4th December to 15th December 2014: Saturday and Sunday only

Opening Times: 11.00 noon to 3.00 p.m.

Garden & Park open 9.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. every day

For more information see their website or call 01246 850430.

Kedleston Hall

KEDLESTON, Derbyshire DE22 5JH

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: 15th February to 2nd March Saturday and Sunday only (12.00 pm- 3.00 pm) 8th March to 2nd November 2014 (12.00 noon to 5.00 p.m.) Open Daily (closed Friday).

Garden: 9th March to 31st October 2014

Open Daily 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

Park: 5th January to 10th February (Open Daily 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.)

16th February to 31st October 2013 (Open Daily 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.)

For more information see their website or call 01332 842191.

Renishaw Hall

Renishaw, SHEFFIELD, S21 3WB

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

29th March 2014 to 28th September 2014

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

Gardens, Museum and Gallery Café: Wednesday to Sundays and Bank Holidays

10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. (last admissions 4.00 p.m.)

Visit their website or call 01246 432310 for more details.

Eyam Hall

Church Street, Eyam, HOPE VALLEY, Derbyshire,S32 5QW

This small but  charming Manor House in the famous plague village of Eyam has been the home of the Wright family since 1671 and it retains the intimate atmosphere of a much loved private home. A Jacobean staircase, fine tapestries and family portraits  are among its interior treasures. Please contact Eyam Hall to enquire of the next ‘Tour of the House’.

Visit their website or call 01433 639565 for more information.

Tissington Hall and Gardens

Tissington, ASHBOURNE, Derbyshire,DE6 1RA

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 21st – Friday 25th April 2014 (open 11.00 a.m. Easter Sunday and Monday).

May Bank Holidays: 5th – 8th May 2014 & 26th – 28th May 2014

Well-Dressings: 2nd – 5th June 2014

August Summer opening: Monday – Thursday 4th -21st August 2014

Bank Holiday Monday 25th August 2014

The award winning old Coach House Tearooms is open Daily 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. 1st March 2014 – 31st October 2014 for coffee, lunches and teas.

Visit their website or call 01335 352200 for more information.

Hopton Hall

Hopton Hall, Hopton, Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4DF

Hopton Hall, dating back to 1414 , lies on the edges of the White Peak National Park.

Famous for delicate drifts of snowdrops and aconites in spring and rose gardens in summer.

Opening Season/Times

Snow Drop Gardens: Daily from Saturday 1st February 2014 until Sunday 2nd March 2014. 10.30 am (Last admission 4.00 pm)

Summer Gardens: 17th June 2014 until 28th August 2014. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. 10.30 am (Last admission 4.00 pm)

View their website for more details or call 01629 540923.

Lea Gardens

Lea Gardens, Lea, Matlock DE4 5GH

A haven for jewel-bright rhododendrons and azaleas, kalmias, plants from all over the world, a rock garden and quiet woodland walks.

Opening Season/Times

Lea Gardens are open daily 10.00am – 5.00pm from Friday 1st March until Sunday 30th June 2013

The Tea Garden Cafe is open everyday until Saturday 31st August 10.00am – 5.00pm and throughout September on Saturdays and Sundays only.

View their website for more details or call 01629 534380.

Sir Richard Arkwrights Cromford Mill

Mill Road, Cromford, MATLOCK,Derbyshire,DE4 3RQ

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.

For more information visit their website or call 01629 823256.

Masson Mills (Working Textile Museum)

Derby Road, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire DE4 3PY

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 throughout the year (except Christmas Day and Easter Day) Monday to Saturday 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

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

Call 01629 581001 or visit their website.

Speedwell Cavern

Castleton, HOPE  VALLEY, Derbyshire S33 8WA

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 10.00a.m. to 4.00 p.m. (last tour 3.00 pm)

Closed Christmas Day.

Call 01433 620512 or visit their website.

Peak Cavern

Castleton, S33 8WS

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.

Call 01433 620285 or visit their website.

Treak Cliff Cavern

Buxton Road, Castleton, HOPE VALLEY,Derbyshire,S33 8WP

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 from 1st March 2014 10.00 a.m (last tour 4.15 pm. October- February last tour 3.15 pm).

Closed 24th, 25th and 26th December.
Open at 12.00 p.m. New Year’s Day

Call 01433 620571 or visit their website.

Peak Cycle Hire

Peak Cycle Hire operates centres at Ashbourne, Derwent and Parsley Hay. Most of their equipment is replaced every year.

Ashbourne Cycle Hire. Tel: 01335 343156

Derwent Cycle Hire. Tel: 01433 651261

Parsley Hay Cycle Hire. Tel: 01298 84493

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.

Hassop Station

Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1NW

One mile north of Bakewell on the A6020 / B6001 roundabout

Monsal Trail Cycle Hire is available at Hassop Station Cafe, Bookshop and Cycle Hire. Open Daily 9am-5pm. Enjoy the traffic free Monsal Trail with their range of bicycles. We recommend this as a great day out in the beautiful Peak District! For those feeling less active, why not relax in the cafe or browse the book shop and gift area. For more information, please call 01629 810 588 or visit their website.

To avoid disappointment, please contact the Event Organiser before travelling.

Posted by on 1. February 2014

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