Derbyshire and the Peak District National Park are a beautiful part of the UK and a popular destination for holidays and short breaks and we have a number of holiday lodges available to book. The area boasts many charms which include a large number of historic attractions, fun amusements and picturesque towns and villages. The rolling hills of the Derbyshire countryside and the magnificent Peak District has given the county its well-deserved reputation as the perfect holiday destination.

The main towns in Derbyshire are Derby, Ashbourne, Matlock, Bakewell and Chesterfield. Michael Paul Holidays’ self-catering Derbyshire Dales lodges are located not far from Matlock and are well-situated for visits to attractions such as Alton Towers or Kedleston Hall. The lodges are dog friendly which is great for exploring the hundreds of different countryside walks. Some of the most picturesque walking routes are in the Peak District where you’ll find local beauty spots such as Dovedale or Eccles Pike. For information to help you plan your visit to the Peak District, visit the National Park website.

Things to do in Derbyshire

There are many interesting and fun places to visit in Derbyshire and the Peak District. Just over the border in Staffordshire is Alton Towers, the largest roller-coaster theme park in Britain. Alton Towers has something for everyone from family rides like Octonauts Adventure and the frog hopper to hair raising roller-coasters such as Rita and Oblivion. However, if you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, then there are plenty of other things to do or see in the area such as Kedleston Hall, a magnificent 18th century mansion housing a fine collection of sculpture and art. Kedleston Hall displays Lord Curzon’s collection of objects from his voyage to Asia and has acres of wonderful gardens and grounds.

Other historical gems in Derbyshire include Bolsover Castle, a 17th century castle with fairy tale architecture and Chatsworth House, a lavish stately home. Bolsover Castle regularly hosts events such as horsemanship displays or re-enactments which are great for children whereas Chatsworth House puts on plenty of adult events such as flower demonstrations and an annual regency ball.  Paying a visit to one or more of these historic buildings is the perfect way to learn more about Derbyshire’s heritage.

Exploring Derbyshire and the Peak District

One of the best ways to explore Derbyshire is on Peak Rail - a heritage railway operating between Darley Dale, Matlock and Rowsley South. For a bird’s eye view of Derbyshire try The Heights of Abraham where you can admire spectacular views of the Derwent Valley and the Peak District from a cable car. If you prefer, you can explore underground in one of the attractions show caverns. With miles of wonderful countryside to explore by foot, rail and air it is no wonder visitors return frequently to this beautiful part of the UK.