Derbyshire is a county near the middle of England and contains most of the Peak District National Park. Peak District is the oldest national park in England and features many tourist attractions that bring hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
While Peak District National Park is usually the reason visitors come to Derbyshire on holiday, the county holds many other attractions which visitors will find entertaining. No matter the time of year, there is always something in the area that should capture your attention.
County Derbyshire is home to two sports teams: Derby County Football Club and Chesterfield Football Club. Both clubs are members of The Football League. There are also many non-league teams that play in the county. However, the most notable team might be Sheffield F.C. Founded in 1857 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. This club is the oldest football club currently playing association football.
In addition to association football, the county has several rugby union clubs and even one of the few community Muggle Quidditch teams in the country. The team, the Derby Union Quidditch Club, is a recognized official International Quidditch Association team.
Throughout the year, one of these sports is bound to be happening and open for visitors to experience. Sporting events are just one of the many exciting attractions County Derbyshire has to offer.
Founded in the 12th century by the Peverel family, Bolsover Castle is a Grade I Listed Building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. In the United Kingdom, a Scheduled Ancient Monument is protected by law and cannot be changed without prior approval. Because of these regulations, visitors can know they are experiencing an authentic Bolsover Castle as it would have been years ago.
Chatsworth House is a stately home in Derbyshire. The Duke of Devonshire maintains the house as his seat, and it has been in the Cavendish family since 1549. The house, built in the sixteenth century, is built in the baroque style that was popular at the time. In the nineteenth century, the house was doubled in size and refinished in the Italianate style. Several times, Chatsworth House has been voted as the United Kingdom’s favourite stately home.
Crich National Tramway Museum
The National Tramway Museum at Crich is a period style village featuring the classic trams. The trams run through the village, one mile out into the countryside and back again. The trams were first built to carry the local coal and limestone to industrial and agricultural centres elsewhere. However, by the 1960s almost all of the United Kingdom’s trams had fallen out of service.
The Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society sought to save some of the trams and tracks that marked the period in the UK’s history. They selected Crich as the site of their National Tramway Museum and sought to create a village that mimicked the sort of village the trams would have run through while they were in regular use.
The museum has in its collection over sixty tram cars from around the world. Only two to four of the trams operate on any given operating day.
Peak Rail is a preserved steam and heritage diesel service which runs in Derbyshire. The service operates two steam engines and several more diesel engines. As of 2013, the track was three and a half miles long with intentions to expand to four and a half miles.
Midland Railway — Butterley
The Butterley section of Midland Railway is another preserved heritage railway. It is a preserved section of the old Midland Railway line that runs for three and a half miles. The site hosts vintage trains, dining services, weddings, parties, bonfires, and several other special events.
Dovedale is a valley in Peak District and as one of the most popular spots in the national park, attracts approximately one million visitors per year.
The River Dove is a stream known for its splendid trout fishing opportunities. Also, Viator’s Bridge, an ancient and incredibly narrow packhorse bridge is a popular destination for tourists. Fishing, however, remains one of the biggest draws for visitors, due in large part to the prominence of Dovedale in Izaak Walton’s The Compleat Angler.
How to Visit
The different attractions listed here are not the only reasons to visit Derbyshire, but they are compelling. In addition to the different features of the county, Peak District National Park is one of the most visited spots in all of England and Wales. The national park is popular for its natural resources, and its many museums, historical districts, and charming villages. The best way to visit Derbyshire is to stay in a cottage.
Travel agencies such as Derbyshire Country Cottages are designed to make your holiday in County Derbyshire as enjoyable and low-stress as possible. You can choose what sort of cottage you would like to stay in based on a myriad of factors. The first and foremost factor when narrowing your search for a vacation residence would be deciding when you would like to visit the wonderful county. Once you have narrowed your search to abodes available during your desired time period, you can select spaces that accommodate the number of people in your party. You can even specify particular accommodations such as smoking or no smoking, pets or no pets, and number of beds.
Also, a reliable travel agency is one that knows the region well. You should look for a company that is comprised of people who are local to the area you plan to visit who can assist you in the larger and smaller considerations while traveling. Obviously, the foremost consideration when choosing a booking service should be the availability of cottages that fit your needs. However, a local touch is essential as you travel around Peak District and want to know where to find the best food, the best museums for the money, and which spots are not worth your time and money. These local touches are important to crafting a completely unique, enjoyable, and stress-free holiday. That’s what holiday is supposed to be: stress-free and fun.