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Local Places To Visit

Although your reason you chose the Peak District might have been for the beautiful walks we can offer, you might want to have some relaxing lets-go-see days. This page can’t offer a definitive list of all attractions in and around the Peak district, but it should give you a bit of a taste of what is on offer.


Immediate Vicinity Of Tideswell

The area offers things to do and see though-out the year, whether it be outdoor activities; visiting historic buildings; taking part in local summer carnivals such as Tideswell Wakes Week or just general site seeing - the area has everything for a lovely weekend break or longer stay.

Within easy reach of Tideswell are the historic villages of Eyam, and Castleton which offer shopping facilities as well as being areas of local interest. Slightly further afield you have Bakewell and Buxton with plenty of beautiful scenery and picturesque villages in between

Most villages in the peak district have regular community events, especially between spring and autumn when the
"Wakes Week" and "Well dressings" take place.

Local Villages

Eyam: Pronounced locally as "Eame", is perhaps better known as 'The Plague Village'.

In 1665 the
'Black Death' plague was brought to the village by a local tailor returning from a visit to London with cloth containing plague carrying flees.

The village itself hasn’t changed a great deal in the intervening years and many of the beautiful buildings carry blue plaques detailing the previous owners and how they faired in the plague.


Castleton: This small village at the top end of the Hope Valley has something for everyone - a ruined castle; exciting caves; a stunning backdrop and buildings that make the whole village like one from a Brothers Grimm story book.

Blue John Stone, a form of Fluorspa, can be seen within two of the caverns -
Blue John Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern - and a selection of jewellery can be found on sale in the village from the small pieces that are still mined and polished.

The village boast six pubs and numerous cafes scattered amongst it's winding lanes and footpaths, all of which lead back to the main street, which bustles with activity all year round, whether it be celebrating Garland Day in May, or providing festive entertainment in December.


Litton: Situated 2km East of Tideswell is Litton, a picturesque area and a favourite of walkers and cyclists. Originally founded after the Norman Conquest, by Sir Dilbert de Lytton. Originally a lead-mining village Litton comprises mostly of small cottages and old buildings alongside larger more recently built houses.


Stately Homes, Castles And Follies

Chatsworth: Chatsworth House is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The house architecture and collection have been evolving for five centuries.

Chatsworth has been featured in numerous films and TV series such as "
Pride & Prejudice" the house has over 30 rooms to explore, from the magnificent Painted Hall, Regal State rooms, newly restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery.

Peveril Castle: This remains one of the most impressive examples of very early Norman castles, with spectacular views over the peal district.

Haddon Hall: Haddon Hall is probably the finest example of a fortified medieval manor house in existence. Present-day Haddon Hall dates from the 12th Century to the early 17th Century, whereupon it lay dormant for over two hundred years from 1700 until the 1920s, when the 9th Duke and Duchess of Rutland restored the house and gardens, and once again made it habitable. Haddon Hall was the location for the film "The Other Boleyn Girl".

Solomon’s Temple: The tower itself was built in 1896 to replace an earlier structure constructed by Solomon Mycock a local farmer and landowner. Although not in the true spirit of a folly, that is having no practical purpose whatsoever, Solomon's Temple actually occupies a site of ancient significance. It rises from the centre of an ancient burial mound, and during the tower's construction an archaeological dig here revealed several Bronze Age skeletons from the 'Beaker Period', along with later Roman items.


Further Afield

The Peak forest is not too far from the centre of England and as such is within modest driving distance from, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby, Doncaster, & Chesterfield.

Attractions such as Bolsover Castle NT, Hardwick Hall NT, Guillivers Kingdom (Theme-Park), Kedleston Hall, Critch Tramway Village, Calke Abbey NT, Sudbury Hall NT, and Carsington Water, are all approximately 90 minutes drive from Tideswell.


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