Things to do in or near Matlock

This page is for anyone visiting Matlock, but I’ve put together the following list and comments mainly for those who will be attending the Bakers’ Get Together day on Saturday 13th July 2019. I know that many of you will want to “make a weekend” of it. So, here we have a few of the local attractions and places of interest. I’ll just mention attractions that are local to Matlock. There are lots of other places worth a visit if you have time to travel.

Chatsworth House – This large and magnificent stately home is only 15 – 20 minutes away from Matlock. It’s impressive and very interesting, with the lovely gardens and grounds to walk in. You’d probably need a full day there to make it worthwhile though.

Heights of Abraham Only 5 minutes from Matlock (traffic permitting) with Derbyshire’s only Alpine style cable car system. This would be a half day visit, but probably best done with children or grandchildren – next time maybe.

Crich Tramway Museum Another attraction best enjoyed with children, unless you fancy some nostalgia. It’s about 20 minutes from Matlock. (And Crich is pronounced Cry-ch.)

Peak Rail If you have a couple of hours, or less, to spare, and would like a bit of smoky nostalgia then this is a must. Trains leave from the BR station regularly.

Arkwright’s Mill This is the birthplace of the factory, which ushered in the Industrial Revolution. It’s part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, where you can see inside the world’s first water powered cotton mill.  It’s in Cromford, so you can combine a visit with a walk or barge ride on the canal.

That’s all for now, I’ll be adding some more soon. If you want to investigate all the many other things here in the Peak District this is the link again: