Historical Houses

The Peak District and surrounding area is host to a wealth of stately homes and historical properties,  one of the most famous being the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth House. One of the country's favourite and most visited properties, Chatsworth has over 30 rooms open to the public, displaying artefacts spanning 500 years and over 100 acres of gardens, filled with statues, water features and a maze.  There is also a farm shop and farmyard where you can learn how the land on the surrounding estate is managed.  

National Trust properties, include, Hardwick Hall, once home to the wealthiest woman in England in the 16th Century, Bess of Hardwick and Calke Abbey where much of the interior remains as it was in the 1880's. As well as Kedleston Hall and Sudbury House and Museum of Childhood, the National Trust owns several estates, including Ilam Park and the Longshaw estate. There are also many privately owned houses that open to the public at certain times of the year, including nearby Tissington Hall and Haddon Hall considered to be one of the best examples of a Medieval manor house in England.

Industrial Heritage

Explore Derbyshire connections to the textile industry along the Derwent Valley, the birthplace of the factory system and declared a world heritage site in 2001. Visitors can follow a series of mills from Matlock Bath to Derby learning how water power revolutionised the textile industry in the 18th Century. Amongst these mills are the two constructed by Richard Arkwright considered to be one of the creators of the modern factory system. 


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