Things to do Derbyshire

Pubs and Bars in Matlock Town

Situated in the Derbyshire Dales in the Peak District, Matlock Town is roughly within seventy miles of seven major UK cities including Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool and as the planet gets itself back together after a tumultuous few years, Matlock has begun to thrive as new houses spring up and bring new people into the area.  Also increasingly popular with tourists, there has been a steady increase in the number of trendy new pubs, bars and restaurants.

If you’re staying in one of our luxury holiday homes situated just outside Matlock, then it’s a short bus ride into the center of town.  Alternatively, if you’re visiting at the weekend in peak season you could even choose to catch a steam train from Darley Dale.  Operated by Peak Rail you could steam into town along the restored Derwent Valley Line.

Once in town you might choose to start on the outer edges.  The Tipsy Toad is a very short walk down Bakewell Road.  The pub offers a range of beers and cocktails.

On your return from the Tipsy Toad, you might like to pop into the Ostello’s Lounge Bar on the left or you might consider heading to Dale Road where you will find a plethora of pubs and bars.  From the Tipsy Toad you would need to walk back down Bakewell Road and turn right at Crown Square and go over the bridge (closed at the time of writing).  Otherwise you might walk through the park and take the footbridge across the river and then a short walk up Olde English Road will bring you to Dale Road.  If you do decide to travel in by car there is a car park in Olde English Road.

Walking down Dale Road from the bridge at the top end it won’t take long to find a pub or bar.  On the right hand side of the street you will find Twenty Ten serving a range of good ales and lagers.  Almost next door is Bod.  Bod is owned by the Titanic Brewery, so expect to find a range of beers from their repertoire.  Further down on the right are two bars next door to each other, Millers and Rubico.

On the left hand side of the street near the entrance to Olde English Street you will find The Remarkable Hare, serving craft beers and ales. The other side of Olde English Street you will find the trendy bar Monk, serving a range of beers and wines plus cocktails.

Most pubs and bars have happy hours where some drinks are half price.  At the time of writing happy hours can be found at the Tipsy Toad, Twenty Ten and The Remarkable Hare.

If you’re thinking of making a weekend of it in Matlock, then you can’t go far wrong by staying in one of our luxury holiday cottages.  We have a range of cottages suitable for a range of purposes, from a romantic weekend for two to a family party of 10+.

We currently have two holiday cottages available, with a newly refurbished holiday cottage due to become available by the beginning of the summer.

Brookside Retreat – 2 bedroom holiday cottage, sleeps 2
If you’re looking for a short romantic break in the near Matlock in the Peak District then you might consider staying at Brookside Retreat, our one bedroom self catering luxury holiday cottage.

Two Owls Lodge – 2 bedroom holiday cottage with hot tub, sleeps 3
If you are after something slightly bigger then we have Two Owls Lodge. A beautiful purpose built stone cottage set in acres of ground with beautiful views along the Derbyshire Dales Valley. Two Owls Holiday Lodge near Matlock in Derbyshire sleeps up to three.

The Escape – large holiday cottage with hot tub, sleeps 10+
Finally, if you have a large party (10+) then we have the fantastic Escape, a 5 bedroom holiday cottage in Derbyshire with hot tub and pool table. The Escape has 5 bedrooms of luxury, with two double rooms, and two twin rooms (one with ground floor access). There’s also a room with a bunkbed. The Escape is ideal for a large group. It has it’s own covered hot tub and a games room with additional room for sleeping. This is a great venue if you have a big family or group occasion to celebrate and you won’t be disappointed.

Arkwright’s Mill, Cromford, Matlock

There are many places in the World, which claim to be the birth place of the industrial revolution and Arkwright’s Mill in Cromford, near Matlock Derbyshire, certainly has the right to be on that list as it is regarded widely as the birthplace of the modern factory or ‘mill’ system. Continue reading

Chatsworth House and Gardens

If you’re planning a visit to Derbyshire and the Peak District, then Chatsworth House and Gardens provide a great day out for all ages.

There are references to a manor in the Chatsworth area in the Domesday book, back then it was called Chetel’s-worth, meaning “the Court of Chetel”.

Read more about Chatsworth House

Monsal Trail

After a £2m restoration scheme, the Monsal Trail an 81/2 mile stretch of railway line between Bakewell and Blackwell Junction near Buxton, is now open again after over 40 years. Continue reading


Peak District cycling has routes for all the family. If you haven’t cycled for a long time, then opt for cycle hire in the Peak District on a fun and easy-going route for all ages and abilities. Continue reading

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