The forces of nature that formed Britain’s first National Park can be witnessed in the beautiful ridges and dales of Derbyshire’s Peak District. Renowned for its inspiring landscapes and stunning manor houses, smooth boulders are stacked against the velvety folds of the hills, and ancient stone villages sit by burbling rivers. This region also has a rich industrial heritage, which is epitomised in the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield. Sheffield is an engaging mix of contemporary attractions, cultural gems and historic architecture.
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The magnificent Chatsworth House is a palatial home in the heart of the Peak District, which dates back to the 16th century. Today, the lavishly adorned interiors house a significant collection of art and treasures that span more than 4,000 years: from ancient Egyptian sculptures and pieces by Reynolds and Rembrandt, to contemporary portraits by Lucian Freud. Don’t miss the incredible gardens – cultivated over centuries, they contain sculptures, a rock garden and a maze.
A landmark within the quaint town of Bakewell, the old Pudding Shop offers a selection of freshly baked goods as well as the eponymous pudding. Handmade using a closely guarded recipe, this shop has been home of the original Bakewell Pudding since the 1860s.
This fine, fortified medieval manor house enjoys uninterrupted views of the beautiful Peak District countryside. Parts of the house date back to the 12th century, and the property is surrounded by stunning terraced gardens bursting with rose blooms. The romance of the atmosphere here means that Haddon Hall is a popular choice as a film and television location.
The village of Castleton lies in the lee of the mysterious Mam Tor and sits by the enormous Peak Cavern. It’s known as the home of the unique semi-precious stone Blue John, a lovely gem with bands of blueish-violet that can only be found in the Peak District. Ladybower Reservoir sits amongst the stunning scenery of the area, with wonderful views of the woodlands, water and moorland.
Weston Park Museum is located within an elegant Grade II-listed building in Sheffield. The fascinating exhibitions tell the story of this industrial city, from the geological roots of its pre-history to the people, politics and music that have shaped the modern and vibrant city that Sheffield has become.
The thermal spa town of Buxton is the gateway to the Peak District, renowned for its fine Georgian and Victorian architecture. With galleries, gardens, an Edwardian opera house and independent shops, it's also something of a cultural hub.
Hardwick Hall is an Elizabethan masterpiece created by Bess of Hardwick in the 16th century. This honey-hued hall sits amongst picturesque landscapes ripe for exploring, and is filled with centuries of craftsmanship.
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Rising from the land like the undulations of a sleeping dragon, the peaks of the Lake District shelter some of the deepest, longest lakes in England, and its scenery is quite simply unforgettable.
Secluded along the border between Devon and Cornwall lies the delightful Tamar Valley. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the region is rich in both beauty and history with its own unique heritage.
The northernmost county in England, this wild and rugged region has a proud heritage. Crowned with captivating castles, sweeping moorland and friendly market towns, it’s an unmissable destination.