Things to see

Country Houses, Museums, Gardens & Historic Sites


Ecton Copper Mines

Once one of the foremost mines in the British Isles, now a Scheduled Monument. From Bronze Age times copper and lead deposits were worked for over 3500 years, ceasing in 1891.

Pilsbury Castle

The mysterious remains of a motte and bailey castle.

Tissington Hall and Village

Jacobean mansion home of the FitzHerbert family for over 400 years

Arbour Low Stone Circle and Gib Hill Barrow

The most important prehistoric site of the East Midlands, Arbor Low is a Neolithic henge monument atmospherically set amid high moorland.

Chatsworth House and Park

Treasure house, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire

Brindley Mill

A mid 18th century working corn mill which celebrates the work of James Brindley, millwright and canal engineer renowned as the pioneer of the canal system in Great Britain.

Nine Ladies Stone Circle

A small early Bronze Age stone circle which is part of a complex of prehistoric circles and standing stones on Stanton Moor.

Haddon Hall

Magnificent medieval Tudor House

Cheddleton Flint Mill

A fine example of a water mill complex that ground flint for the pottery industry. The Caldon Canal, which would have supplied the mill by narrow boat, passes by. The earliest reference to milling at Cheddleton dates back to 1253 and It's possible that the foundations of the South Mill date back to this period.

Eyam Hall

Historic manor house set in the middle of the plague village. Just one innocent bundle of cloth from London to Eyam and the village fate was sealed in 1665.

RSPB Coombes Valley Nature Reserve

A delightful oak woodland to walk through in a spectacular steep sided valley. In spring and early summer lots of migrating birds come to breed and you may see flycatchers, redstarts and wood warblers. In winter, redwings, fieldfares and winter finches are regular visitors.

Cromford (Arkwright) Mill

Cromford Mill was the first water-powered cotton spinning mill developed by Sir Richard Arkwright in 1771 which was quickly copied by mills in Lancashire, Germany and the United States. It forms the centrepiece of Derwent Valley Mills now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Biddulph Grange - National Trust

Exciting survivor of the great age of Victorian gardening

Peveril Castle

The imposing ruins of one of England’s earliest Norman fortresses standing high above the pretty village of Castellation with breathtaking views over the Hope Valley.

Wingfield Manor

The vast and immensely impressive ruins of a palatial medieval manor house which became Mary Queen of Scots prison.

Little Morton Hall - National Trust

Timber framed, moated manor house

Croxden Abbey

The impressive remains of an abbey of Cistercian 'white monks', including towering fragments of its 13th century church, infirmary and 14th century abbot's lodging.

Lyme Park - National Trust

Stately home, deer park and gardens. Mr Darcey's house in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Home of the Allingham family in the BBC's 'The Village'.

Kedleston Hall - National Trust

Magnificent Palladian mansion

Sudbury Hall - National Trust

Late 17th C. house with sumptuous interiors and the National Trust Museum of Childhood

Tabley House

Grade 1 Palladian mansion

Tatton Park - National Trust

Mansion, gardens and deer park

Shugborough - National Trust

Ancestral home of the Earls of Litchfield

Capesthorne Hall

18th C. home of the Bromley-Davenport family

Gawsworth Hall

Half timbered Elizabethan manor house built in 1480 and open air theatre

Lea Gardens

Rhododendrons, azaleas and alpines