Top things to do

Top Choice Pub in Derby

Old Bell Hotel

Dating from 1650 and hosting Bonnie Prince Charlie's soldiers in 1745, this history-steeped black-and-white inn was valiantly restored by local entrepreneur Paul Hurst in 2013, retaining original features, antiques …
Historic Building in Chesterfield

Hardwick Hall

One of the most complete Elizabethan mansions in the country, Hardwick Hall was designed by eminent architect Robert Smythson. The hall featured all the latest mod-cons of the time, including fully glazed windows. T…
Church in Chesterfield

St Mary & All Saints Church

Chesterfield is worth a visit to see the astonishing crooked spire that rises atop St Mary and All Saints Church. Dating from 1360, the 68m-high spire is twisted in a right-handed corkscrew that leans several metres…
Museum in Derby

Royal Crown Derby Factory

Derby's historic potteries still turn out some of the finest bone china in England, from edgy Asian-inspired designs to the kind of stuff your grandma collects. Reservations are essential for factory tours lasting 9…
Department Store in Derby

Bennetts

Founded as an ironmongers in 1734 and still retaining an ironmongery today, Derby's historic department store has evolved over the centuries to sell beautiful clothes, homewares, gifts and more.
Historic Building in Derbyshire

Kedleston Hall

Sitting pretty in vast landscaped grounds, this neoclassical mansion is a must for fans of stately homes. Entering the house through a grand portico, you'll reach the breathtaking Marble Hall with massive alabaster …
Cathedral in Derby

Derby Cathedral

Founded in AD 943 and reconstructed in the 18th century, Derby Cathedral's vaulted ceiling towers above a fine collection of medieval tombs, including the opulent grave of the oft-married Bess of Hardwick, who at va…
Museum in Matlock Bath

Cromford Mill

Founded in the 1770s by Richard Arkwright, the Cromford Mill was the first modern factory, producing cotton on automated machines, powered by a series of waterwheels along the River Derwent. This prototype inspired …
Museum in Matlock Bath

Peak District Lead Mining Museum

An educational introduction to the mining history of Matlock is provided by this enthusiast-run museum set in an old Victorian dance hall. Kids can wriggle through its maze of tunnels and shafts while adults browse …
Cafe in Derby

Jack Rabbits

Jack Rabbits' sunlit cafe is perfect for lazy grazing on internationally inspired dishes, from breakfast (Mexican huevos rancheros, French/American hybrid croque monsieur Benedict) through to lunch (Swedish potato p…