One of the UK’s most scenic counties, where imposing mountains sit alongside craggy moorland and charming historic villages, offering a wealth of contrasting surroundings to explore. The county town of Derby is a lovely place to enjoy either an evening out with friends or a delicious meal with the family. The selection of pubs and restaurants means that if you’re looking for somewhere to go with a large group, you certainly won’t be short of choice.
Perfect for visitors all year round, the countryside can change dramatically throughout the seasons; enjoy the sun with food and drink festivals in the summer, snowy fun (not guaranteed!) at Christmas and autumnal beauty in October.
A large part of the Peak District lies within Derbyshire, making it a fantastic spot for walkers and lovers of nature and the great outdoors. Explore on foot or take to two wheels on one of the many cycling and mountain biking trails.
For a taste of elegance and opulence, Chatsworth House is beyond compare. Wander through the attractive stately home and then head out to explore the equally awe-inspiring gardens. The National Trust’s Hardwick Hall and Lyme Park, House and Garden are also worth a visit.
If you’re visiting Derbyshire with children, you can’t go wrong with a day at one of the many family attractions, including The Heights of Abraham, Go Ape, Peak Wildlife Park and Gullivers.
Unsurprisingly in a county full of natural beauty, there are numerous interesting natural attractions to visit, of which Derbyshire’s caverns are some of the best. The Castelton Caves are all open to the public, while The Heights of Abraham offers even more. Poole’s Cavern in Buxton is particularly impressive, boasting a large cavern adorned with stalactites.
Derbyshire is also not short of welcoming towns and villages. Indulge in a relaxing treatment in the spa town of Buxton, explore the market town of Chesterfield with its curious wonky church spire, try one of the region’s delicious delicacies, Bakewell Tart in the town of the same name, explore stunning Dovedale Valley from the town of Ashbourne, admire the attractive architecture of Matlock and discover the pottery of Swadlincote.
If you’re planning a group getaway, browse our wonderful selection of large holiday cottages in Derbyshire.