Independently owned: General shops
There are not many other shops in comparison to the amount of cafes, fish & chip shops, arcades and sweet shops. The ones that Maltock Bath does have are a jewellery shop, a few craft shops, a charity shop and a book shop from what I remember.
They do have nice products and I would recommend a look around - you never know what you will find!!
Truly Scrumptious: Sweet heaven!
I was so goddy when I found this shop!! I am completely sweet mad and it was just the icing-on-the-cake that this shop also sold ice cream!!!
It's so colourful and inviting inside and out. There is such a brilliant selection of sweets and lollies (I was in heaven!!).
The prices are a little more expensive than what I am used to, but about average for Matlock Bath with it being a tourist destination.
The shop offers seating outside the front and a larger area through the shop at the back.
The staff are really friendly. You can also grab a cup of coffee or a cold drink for a bit of a pit stop.
What to buy: SWEETS!!!!!!
Matlock Market: Not what it used to be!
Matlock Market hall stands at the end of the town centre, after a stream of high street and local shops. We were visiting on a Saturday afternoon and I was wholly disappointed with the incredible lack of occupied stalls.
Only a handful of stalls were occupied, traditionally a sweet (candy) stall, cakes and breads stall, fruit and vegetables, as well as a handbag and luggage stall. The rest of the market hall was almost empty.
Once upon a time, town market halls would have been a hustle and bustle of stall holders and patrons on a Saturday with the women of the town picking up fresh items for Saturday and Sunday dinners.
These days, like in Matlock, many town markets have reduced down to a minimal number of stalls with modern-day supermarkets and out-of-town shopping malls taking custom away from the town centres and their markets.
What to buy: Worth taking a peek to see if there are any bargains that take your eye - but it'll only take you a couple of minutes!
What to pay: You can still find the odd bargains at these market stalls, but actually finding them stocking something you want is a surprise (these days)!
Heights of Abraham shop: Lord Bingly of Derbyshire
At the top of Abraham Heights is a shop where you can but all kinds of nick naks. Most are quite touristy and kitsch.
My husband first spotted this little hedgehog fella.. and I just had to have him! He was quite expensive (£25), but he now has a good home, and that is what matters!
He was affectionately called Lord Bingly of Derbyshire... after Darcy's best friend in Pride and Prejudice.
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Various: Matlock High Street
There is a wide variety of shops in Matlock Bath. They are not High Street shops by any means, but rather small owner shops, with character, some with charm, some with a little less charm ;) But most are very nice and typical of a village-type town like this.
What to buy: Clothing is more arty (fair trade type stuff), there are shops for the kids with lay things, buckets and spades etc, antique shops (plenty!), decor shops... all in all they are fun to look at. There are charity shops, and funky little arty-type shops, beads shops etc. Those are my kinda shops!
The casino shops ruin the place I think, obviously there is a market here with the locals, but they do nothing for the visitors to the region, it definatly belittles the overall genre and feel of the town.
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