Things to Do
Our Top Ten Recommendations
To help you get the most from your stay, here are a few of our favourite things to do in and around Matlock.
Walks and Attractions
- Lumsdale Valley and Falls
- High Tor and Heights of Abraham
- Peak Rail
- Matlock Hall Leys Park
- Chatsworth Estate
- Cromford Canal
- Black Rocks
- Crich Tramway Village
- Cromford Mills
- And many many more
Matlock was once known for its hydro and spa treatments, which was developed by John Smedley in the 19th century. Now it is a perfect scenic location for exploring Derbyshire and the Peak District. Smedley’s Hydro is towering over the market town and houses Derbyshire County Council.
On the opposite side Gothic-style Riber Castle sits on top of a hill and offers great walks around and views of the Dales. In the centre of the town, there is an award-wining Hall Leys Park with a boating lake, tennis courts, cafes and riverside walks. There is a market offering fresh fruit, vegetables, bread, pastries, gin and much more in Hall Leys Park near Crown Square every Wednesday morning.
What brings many to this part of Derbyshire is Matlock Bath, a seaside resort that lost its way and found itself at the foot of the Peak District National Park. At the weekend hundreds of motorcycles flock here to flood the town with a roar of engines.
If you are here around September and October, Matlock Illuminations is the main attraction with lights and Venetian boats on the river.
Natural beauty around Matlock is ready to nurture tranquillity. We can recommend a range of activities for every feeling and every occasion. The main attraction is a plethora of walking trails, but we are also very lucky to have plentiful of historical villages, stately homes and fascinating museums. Within easy reach you can access splendid Chatsworth House and gardens, Haddon Hall, Bolsover Castle and Kedleston Hall. Towns and villages worth visiting outside of Matlock include Ashbourne, Belper, Bakewell, Eyam, Buxton and Matlock Bath of course. Walks worth considering include Monsal Trail, Ilam Park to the Stepping Stones in Dovedale and Tissington Trail. Local attractions also include Crich Tramway Museum, Carsington Water, Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, The Heights of Abraham and Castleton Caves to name but a few.
Our local produce, small businesses and the warmth of people add to the sense of harmony and luxury you will find with us. Nearby there is a range of small businesses and markets offering unique jewellery and pottery, local honey, meats and cheeses. There are many breweries and distilleries in the area where you can sample beer, wine, whiskey and gin.
Some Cafes, Pubs, Bars and Restaurants
- Kefi Matlock
- Café in the Park, Matlock
- Bentley Brook Brewery, Lumsdale
- Bradmans Wine Cellar, Matlock
- Twenty Ten, Matlock
- The Red Lion & Moot Ales, Matlock
- The Newsroom, Matlock
- The Farmacy, Matlock
- The Thorn Tree Inn, Matlock
- The Gate Inn, Tansley
- D’alessandro Pizza, Matlock
- Remarkable Hare, Matlock
- Maazi, Matlock
- Viva Restaurant, Matlock
- Stones, Matlock