There is a Laundromat in the centre of Matlock. Easy to find, easy to use!
You do you own washing and drying, just put the coins in the slot, and buy powder here if you need.
Address...10 Firs Parade Matlock
Telephone: 01629 762 120
Telephone: 01629 582 094
Telephone: 01629 580 038
Jane Austen's pride and Prejudice is the most read period novel of all time. The characters Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy are superb, along with their families and friends...
Chatsworth was the scene for Darcy's home estate, Pemberly, in the Hollywood version of Pride and Prejudice, with Matthew Macfadden and Keira Knightly.
I am not a big fan of Keira's, but, as I AM a huge fan of Austen, I saw it and got the DVD. Nothing to compare with the BBC version with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth (1995), but still highly enjoyable.
Fondest memory: It was wonderful walking around Chatsworth and seeing places where filming had taken place. Such a grand location, perfect for the story. It definatly made Chatsworth come more alive for me personally, although Chatsworth is in it's own right, spectacular.
Throughout Matlock Bath, there is a beautiful array of flowers. We were here in spring time and the blossoms were all out, which made for a stunning spectacle.
I do not know all the names for the flowers, but still enjoy their beauty. Chatsworth has some lovely flowers, but we did not get to see her in all her glory... hence us going back to Chatsworth in summer, when the flowers will be out!
There are some flora and fauna shots in my Chatsworth Garden tip.
Here are a few examples of the flowers and trees (and interesting moss growth!) we saw there.
Matlock Bath is a conservation and preservation area, where they have preserved old Victorian and Georgian buildings in all their glory.
Most buildings here are in a more than reasonable state of repair, but there is always more money needed and more work to be done.
The area is deemed green, where the environment is taken seriously.
Matlock Bath is quaint and picturesque.
It lies in a stunning gorge, running alongside the River Derwent. There are all kinds of shops and tea rooms and pubs... some are a tad commercialised (but in a small way), and others are old fashioned.
In 1698 they discovered 3 medicinal springs here, and from here cam the town's well known attribute of being a health spa, and culminated in it's name of Matlock 'Bath'.
It lies next to the much larger town of Matlock.
Thousands of visitors still flock to Matlock Bath throughout the year, on it's original railway.
As you walk around Matlock Bath, you can see many Georgian and Victorian buildings... there is a photo opportunity around every corner!
Many famous and well known people visited Matlock Bath. Lord Byron and Mary Shelley, who mentions Matlock (Bath) in her novel 'Frankenstein': "We proceeded to Matlock (Bath), which was our next place of rest. The country in the neighbourhood of this village resembles Switzerland; but everything is on a lower scale". (excerpt taken from www.visitmatlockbath.co.uk.
If you are looking for somewhere to visit where it is peaceful, has old world charm with modern convenience in a olde world way.. then Matlock Bath is the place for you.
The Whistlestop Countryside Centre is found next to the Matlock Bath railway station.
You walk past the centre to cross over the track and walk to the cable car to get to the Heights of Abraham, so location is excellent and easily accessible for anyone. It is wheel-char friendly.
The Whistlestop Countryside Centre has a little shop with snacky things and souvenirs, a wildlife exhibit, that is free... and it seems to act as the education and information centre in Matlock Bath.
I really like the building and it's surroundings, very quaint and so under-commercialised. Such a breath of fresh air!