• John Oyston

Historic Houses, Castles & Gardens in Derbyshire

Derbyshire’s stately homes and Norman castles offer visitors the chance to tour historic houses, explore ruined castles or enjoy well kept gardens.


The Peak District has a great selection of activities to welcome visitors. There are ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as walking, caving and climbing.


Family days out in Matlock include cable cars and trams and the Plague Village at Eyam is a poignant reminder of a community’s sacrifice. There is also a good selection of stately homes and castles including:


Chatsworth House – Home to the Duke of Devonshire


Chatsworth House is one of the English family seats of the Duke of Devonshire; the other is Bolton Abbey, in Yorkshire. Visitors can explore over 30 rooms in the house, the fountains and gardens, a cascade and maze and a farmyard with adventure playground.

Chatsworth House is 5 miles east of Bakewell and 16 miles west of the M1 ( junction 29 ) at Chesterfield. Ticket prices vary according to the facilities visited. Currently, a Discovery Ticket giving admission to all attractions costs £24.

Chatsworth House Photo Kurpfalzbilder.de under a Creative Commons License
Chatsworth House Photo Kurpfalzbilder.de under a Creative Commons License

Haddon Hall the Location for Pride and Prejudice


Haddon Hall is famous as a location for period drama. The hall was used for the Oscar nominated Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightly and Dame Judy Dench, and the BBC’s production of Jane Eyre.


The hall was built in the 12th century and has been the Manners’ family home since the mid 16th century and is so well preserved that it has been called “the most perfect house to survive from the Middle Ages” by Simon Jenkins, in his book England’s 1000 Best Houses.


Haddon Hall is two miles south of Bakewell, just off the A6. The house is open from May to October, The restaurant serves hot and cold snacks and freshly baked scones and can be visited without having to pay an admission fee to the hall.


Bolsover Castle is Mentioned in the Domesday Book


Bolsover Castle was built in the 12th century and occupies a hill top position offering excellent views over the Derbyshire countryside. The castle was captured, and destroyed, by Roundhead forces during the English Civil War; but was restored soon afterwards by William Cavendish.


Bolsover Castle is 6 miles east of Chesterfield and 6 miles north of Mansfield. It is open daily in summer but, with the exception of February half term week, only opens on Saturdays and Sundays between November 1 and March 31.




Views at Peveril Castle and a Trip down Blue John Caverns


Peveril Castle stands high above Castleton and the Hope Valley. The castle was built by the Normans and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The keep dates from the 12th century, built by Henry II in 1176.


A trip to Peveril Castle can be combined with Castleton’s many other attractions, including an underground tour of the world famous Blue John Caverns.



Peveril Castle is a short walk from the centre of Castleton village, which is on the A6187 Sheffield to Chapel en le Frith road.


Train services on the Hope Valley line between Manchester and Sheffield call at Hope, which is less than 2 miles from Castleton.

Peveril Castle  Photo George Griffin under a Creative Commons License
Peveril Castle Photo George Griffin under a Creative Commons License


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All information was correct at the time of writing, but we urge you check current opening times and prices before travelling.

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