Attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Bakewell

Chatsworth House

Known as the 'Palace of the Peak', this vast edifice 3 miles northeast of Bakewell has been occupied by the earls and dukes of Devonshire for centuries. Inside, the lavish apartments and mural-painted staterooms are…
Top Choice Gardens in Buxton

Pavilion Gardens

Adjoining Buxton's opulent Opera House is the equally flamboyant Pavilion Gardens. These 23 acres are dotted with domed pavilions; concerts take place in the bandstand throughout the year. The main building contains…
Historic Site in Bakewell

Haddon Hall

With stone turrets, time-worn timbers and walled gardens, Haddon Hall, 2 miles south of Bakewell on the A6, looks exactly like a medieval manor house should. Founded in the 12th century, it was expanded and remodell…
Cave in Buxton

Poole's Cavern

A pleasant mile-long stroll southwest from the centre brings you to Poole's Cavern. This magnificent natural limestone cavern is reached by descending 28 steps; the temperature is a cool 7°C. Tours lasting 50 minute…
Brewery in Bakewell

Thornbridge Brewery

Vibrant brews from this riverside brewery include a fruity strawberry-blonde ale, I Love You Will You Marry Me, a Rhubarbe De Saison, Bamberg smoked-bock beer and Vienna-style lager Kill Your Darlings, as well as co…
Church in Peak District

Cathedral of the Peak

Dominating the former lead-mining village of Tideswell, the massive parish church of St John the Baptist – aka the Cathedral of the Peak – has stood here virtually unchanged since the 14th century. Look out for the …
Castle in Castleton

Peveril Castle

Topping the ridge to the south of Castleton, a 350m walk from the town centre, this evocative castle has been so ravaged by the centuries that it almost looks like a crag itself. Constructed by William Peveril, son …
Cave in Castleton

Peak Cavern

Castleton's most convenient cave is easily reached by a pretty stream-side 250m walk south of the village centre. It has the largest natural-cave entrance in England, known (not so prettily) as the Devil's Arse. Dra…
Cave in Castleton

Treak Cliff Cavern

Captivating Treak Cliff has a forest of stalactites and exposed seams of colourful Blue John Stone, which is still mined to supply the jewellery trade. Tours focus on the history of mining; kids can polish their own…
Cave in Castleton

Speedwell Cavern

Just over half a mile west of Castleton at the mouth of Winnats Pass, this claustrophobe's nightmare is reached via an eerie boat ride through flooded tunnels, emerging by a huge subterranean lake called the Bottoml…