The attractive former spa town of Matlock sits at the southern end of the Peak District.
Matlock was a collection of villages until thermal springs were discovered in the 1600s. The town sits on a dramatic bend in the River Derwent, just 20 miles away from the city of Sheffield. There’s plenty to do, including theme parks, shopping and historical estates. A short distance from the town, the unspoilt countryside of the Peak District offers a variety of outdoor pursuits, from swimming to climbing.
One of the area’s best-loved attractions is Matlock Bath Aquarium, where you’ll find an incredible variety of exotic fish. The aquarium is housed in a magnificent Victorian building and includes one of Europe’s largest displays of holograms.
Hair-raising activities such as rock-climbing and caving are easily accessible from Matlock. Peaks and Paddles offer invigorating outdoor adventures for all ages and abilities. You can try your hand at abseiling, canoeing and white-water rafting in the rugged hills, lakes and rivers of the Peak District.Rolling hillsides to explore
For a great family day out, check out Gulliver’s Kingdom theme park. You’ll find 60 rides to explore, including terrifying roller-coasters and one of the UK’s longest flumes.
The Matlock area is home to a remarkable number of historical sites and gardens. Just outside the town are Lee Gardens, where you’ll find a stunning display of rhododendrons and alpines, as well as an excellent café. Around ten miles away from Matlock, and well worth the drive, is one of the UK’s most magnificent estates, Chatsworth House. The 105-acre garden features a maze, fountains and even an adventure playground.
“The attractive former spa town of Matlock sits at the southern end of the Peak District.”
One of the most relaxing ways to enjoy the spectacular scenery surrounding Matlock is from the comfort of an old-fashioned steam train carriages. The Peak Rail’s steam train makes regular journeys from Matlock to the nearby village of Rowsley, where you’ll find the renowned Caudwell’s Mill.
There’s no shortage of great places to grab a bite to eat in the Matlock area. Stones Restaurant is particularly popular, and even has a riverside terrace which is the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine. For excellent, homemade vegetarian food, try the Greenway Café, which has a pleasant garden and views of the town. For a pint of ale and some of the area’s best pies, check out The Thorn Tree.