Attractions

Steeped in history and with a fascinating cultural heritage, the Peak District and Derbyshire is packed with things to see and do – from the World Heritage site of the Derwent Valley and bustling market towns to picturesque villages, palatial country mansions and the stunning landscapes of Britain's first National Park. The Cables B and B is situated within easy reach of some of Derbyshire's best attractions including:

High Tor Matlock BathHigh Tor is a lofty limestone crag which towers over Matlock Bath which used to be privately owned but now belongs to the local authority. This means that entrance is free, whereas at one time a fee had to be paid by visitors, including the climbers who scaled the sheer face of the crag to get there! The Heights were so named by an army officer back in the 18th century; he was struck by the similarity of the wooded slopes above Matlock Bath to the famous Heights of Abraham at Quebec. The Heights (Matlock) are capped by the Victoria Prospect Tower, a prominent folly erected by John Petchell in 1844. At the cable car station, descend via a zigzag path to the Great Rutland Cavern.

Heights of Abraham Cable Cars & CavernsHeights of Abraham a unique Hilltop Park, reached using the country’s most up to date cable cars. Pay one inclusive price and once you are at the summit you can join exciting underground tours of two spectacular Show Caverns. Above ground there are Play Areas, Picnic Spots, Exhibitions, Shops, Café and Summit Bar all with stunning views across the surrounding Peak District. Added attractions are the “Heath & Heaven” and “Fossil Factory” displays, plus state of the art lighting in the Great Masson Cavern which reveals its magnitude as it has never been seen before.

Mason Mills Matlock BathMasson Mills are Sir Richard Arkwright’s 1783 Mills at Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, England, which are the finest surviving and best preserved example of an Arkwright cotton mill. These beautifully restored and internationally famous Grade II listed buildings are the Gateway to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. A working textile museum illustrating Arkwright’s legacy. Shopping village, restaurant, conference centre and onsite parking facilities.

Chatsworth House & GardenChatsworth House is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, one of Britain’s best loved historic estates and the heart beat of the Peak District National park. With famous works of art, a working farmyard, spectacular fountains and the finest shopping and eating, there is something for everyone to enjoy.Chatsworth hosted film shots for pride and prejudice and also for Werewolf. The fabulous grounds and garden is the perfect place for a picnic by the waterfall or fountains. The restaurant and snack bars are all very reasonably priced and the ice-creams are to die for. 2011 will see such interesting events as country fairs, international horse trials, week-end of wonders with multiple activities and outdoor summer concerts, Sotheby’s are back with their outdoor contemporary sculpture exhibition, plus experience days offering everything from brewing beer to keeping pigs.

Haddon HallHaddon Hall is a fortified medieval manor house dating from the 12 th Century, and is the home of Lord and Lady Edward Manners whose family have owned it since 1567. The house is open to visitors from April to October, with a number of special events being staged throughout the season. Haddon has featured in many films and TV programmes including, most recently Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightly, Mathew MacFadeyn, and Dame Judy Dench. Also BBC’s 2006 production of Jane Eyre starring Toby Stevens and Ruth Wilson.

Hardwick HallHardwick Hall is one of the most splendid houses in England. Built by Bess of Hardwick in the 1590s, and unaltered since: yet its huge windows and high ceilings make it feel strikingly modern. Outside, stone gleams and glass glitters in the light. Its six towers make a dramatic skyline. Climbing up through the house, from one spectacular floor to the next, is a thrilling architectural experience. Rich tapestries, plaster friezes and alabaster fireplaces colour the rooms, culminating in the hauntingly atmospheric Long Gallery.

Peak Rail Steam TrainPeak Rail whether it’s simply a nostalgic journey back to a bygone age or a discovery of the sights and sounds for the very first time of a steam train. Experience the thrill of steam on the preserved railway whilst travelling through the delightful Derbyshire countryside. The line forms part of the old Midland Railway’s line between Manchester Central and London St Pancras which was closed in 1968. All trains have an on-board buffet coach and a specially adapted coach for wheelchair accommodation. The railway is home to an extensive collection of steam and diesel locomotives, historic carriages, wagons and other railway memorabilia, which is either owned by the railway, private individuals or one of the Peak Rail groups.

Carsington Water Sports & LeisureCarsington Water opened in 1992 when Severn Trent first filled the reservoir. The centre offer services ranging from hire and basic tuition for absolute beginners through to training courses for experts and instructors in sailing,kayaking, windsurfing, powerboating, raft building, orienteering, mountain biking and climbing. Fly fishing at its best! Carsington Water is a stunning trout fishery situated in the heart of the stunning Derbyshire countryside. Its natural beauty, tranquil atmosphere, crystal clear waters and stunning fish combine to make Carsington Water addictive to anglers.

Gullivers Kingdom Theme ParkGullivers Kingdom is a family theme park designed to cater for families with children between the age of two and thirteen. All its rides and attractions are designed to offer the whole family a full day out of fun and excitement and contains a number of themed areas each containing rides, attractions, shows, restaurants and shops. All of which combine to keep even the most active of children occupied for a full day.

Bolsover CastleBolsover Castle occupies the hilltop site of a medieval fortress built by the Peverel family. The wealthy Sir Charles Cavendish bought the old fortress in 1612 and began work on his Little Castle project. His son William - playboy, poet, courtier and later Civil War Royalist general and first Duke of Newcastle, inherited the Little Castle in 1617 and set about its completion, assisted by the architect John Smythson. What resulted was a kind of 'toy keep', housing tiers of luxurious staterooms. The exquisitely carved fireplaces, and richly-coloured murals and panelling of its miraculously preserved and beautifully restored interiors still take the visitor on an allegorical journey from earthly concerns to heavenly (and erotic) delights.

Crich Tramway VillageCrich Tramway Village nestling high up in the heart of Derbyshire overlooking the famous Derwent Valley and open almost throughout the year, Crich Tramway Village is a lovingly restored period village that is also home to the National Tramway Museum and its world renowned archives. Trams run to and fro every few minutes as visitors ride over the cobbles of the period street, past the original facades of historic buildings from around the country before heading up the valley to views that will take your breath away. Hand over the old penny you are given on entry and you are free to ride the trams all day.

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