Things to do in the Peak District

The options here are endless! We’ve covered hiking, mountain biking and climbing extensively already, so here you can see a few of the other bits!

Pictured is Chatsworth, the most popular stately home in the Peak District. It’s beautiful at any time of year but is worth a visit at Christmas for the interior decoration and the markets. They also have beautiful gardens, walks throughout the land, a childrens’ adventure playground and petting farm. They also have a variety of country fairs and events throughout the year.

There are numerous other stately homes/castles worth visiting including Haddon Hall, Peveril Castle above Castleton and Bolsover Castle. The latter isn’t actually in the Peak District, but is well worth a visit, just outside Chesterfield.

Beautiful Villages

The Peak District is not only home to picturesque hills and valleys, but also to cute towns and villages, steeped in history.

Pictured here is Castleton, perhaps my favourite village in the peaks. It’s most famous for Blue John jewelry and there are stunning pieces to be found in the local shops. You can also take a trip underground into one of the towns caverns. Speedwell cavern even has a boat under ground!

Bakewell is also worth a visit, make sure to try Bakewell pudding! This town is a bustling market town, so you can expect it to be the most busy on a monday when local farmers are at the stock market. Then you have Eyam! You’ve probably heard of Eyam in the history books as it’s famous for having endured the plague.

Check out Matlock Bath too, and head up the Heights of Abraham in a gondola!

Other notable villages include Hathersage, Edale, Tideswell, Hartington, Ashford in the Water and Tissington.

Country Pubs

Is there anything better than a Sunday lunch with a nice beer? We don’t think so, and here’s a few of the best spots to enjoy.