Matlock Travel Guide

  • The riverside Parade in Matlock Bath
    The riverside Parade in Matlock Bath
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  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
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Matlock Things to Do

  • Cable car to the Heights of Abraham

    Walk down the path that follows the train line in Matlock Bath and soon you will come across the entrance to the cable car that will whisk you to the top of the Heights of Abraham. Once you pay at the booth (an extortionate £27 for two adults), you can board the cable car and the ride only takes a few minutes, stopping halfway up so you can take...

  • Matlock Bath War Memorial

    The war memorial on Matlock Bath's promenade was unveiled on the 21st May 1921 to remember those lives lost during the First World War. The names of local soldiers who were killed in action in both World Wars are listed on the memorial. The memorial features a statue of a soldier and a sailor and is inscribed with the phrase: 'He lives in fame that...

  • Jubilee Bridge

    This little bridge crosses the River Derwent in Matlock Bath. The iron bridge was built in 1887 and joins the Lovers Walk to the promenade. Sadly it is currently in a bit of a shoddy state. There were plans to restore the bridge to its former Victorian splendour but internet searches suggest that this process has fallen through. It would be a shame...

  • Cafe's and Fish & Chip shops

    Just so you know, the cafe's and fish & chip shops all compete for your custom. You will generally find there is a slight price difference depending which cafe you choose and what you order.I counted at least 8 fish & chip shops on the main street! They are all close together and have different offers. Have a look at a few of the offers, I'm sure...

  • The main street in Matlock Bath

    If you come from the Train station or the main car park, you will walk out onto the main high street. Looking to your left you will see what seems like an endless row of shops on the right side and a river runs along the left side of the street.It's really nice to see lush green hills in the background to this lovely little village.It's an uphill...

  • Arcades

    Great fun for children young and old!There are 2p game machines, 10p game machines, game machines where you can win toys, money and sweets.There are small rides for little children and the arcades are very brightly coloured with flashing lights and most of the games machines have sound effects.There are a few arcades along the main high street in...

  • Hall Leys Park

    Located in the town centre of Matlock, Hall Leys Park is a well laid out green space which sits alongside the River Derwent. It offers a great opportunity as there are many activities including putting greens, outdoor table tennis tables (permanent), tennis court, paddling pool, boating lake (see separate tip here), as well as a bandstand, cafe and...

  • Matlock Boats (Hall Leys Park)

    Located within Hall Leys Park in the centre of Matlock, Matlock Boats is a fun opportunity for adults and children alike.The boating lake has several small islands, which are home to a large number of birds, including moorhens and ducks. Matlock Boats are the longest running pleasure boats in the country.Boats accommodate up to 2 adults and one...


    The Chatsworth House garden's cover a huge area, so be prepared for plenty of walking and taking plenty of time to see everything. The garden covers 105 acre's, is 450 year's old and still continues to change! I had no chance of seeing all of it, but I did see the famous waterworks including the 300 year old Cascade, and the enormous gravity-fed...


    Now I am going to head into Chatsworth, the home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.This home has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. A BIG PLUS PHOTO'S ARE ALLOWED!Where to begin! Chatsworth House would be about the best I had seen with my British Heritage Pass. There is everything you expect in a house like this,...


    When we were nearly at the House, we had to cross a lovely old arched Bridge which is over the River Derwent. The bridge date's to the 18th century and has statue's along the side.From here, it was up the hill, where a parking attendant takes £2 for all day parking. The car park was fairly full, this must be a popular house!Toilet's are located...


    Perhaps before I go any further, I should mention that I could have easily spent a FULL DAY at Chatsworth House & Park.I had quite a bit of time, and saw an immense part of the house and property, but to see everything, I needed more time!Just the Park alone covers about 1,000 acres and is open to the public free of charge all year-round, except...


    We didn't have time to fit this in our schedule, which was a pity, so I had to be content seeing the cable car's heading to the top!They were going to the Heights of Abraham on an alpine style cable car system. You are meant to have stunning views of the Derwent Valley and surrounding Peak District, I can well imagine this!It was once a Regency...


    Hall Leys Park is a beautiful formal Edwardian park alongside the River Derwent in Matlock town centre.The Park was a picture with lots of Summer flower's! For me, it was a beaut place to rest my feet after my walk. I imagine it would be very popular, as the facilitie's are incredible!People can play miniature golf, there's a miniature railway for...


    I came across this War Memorial as I was walking the Town Promenade.It was a rather nice, and was located in a park beside the River Derwent."He lives in fame that dies in virtue's cause" is the inscription, and then the names of 179 men who died in the Great War of 1914 -19, and 45 more name's have been added after the Second War of 1939 - 45.If...


    The main street of Matlock Bath seemed to stretch forever!Well, I guess it has to, as the River Derwent is one side, and the Cliff's the other side!As Matlock Bath was discovered in 1698, there were lot's of old building's. I noticed quite a few Pub's which looked very welcoming, and they offered accommodation, also attractive B& B's.Shop's sold...


    This was a very enjoyable walk I did.I started from the The Pavillion {tourist info centre} in Matlock Bath, and followed the River Derwent to Matlock. When ever one side was more interesting than the other, I crossed over and browsed the other, which was usually a line of shop's.I stopped and enjoyed the River, and saw a person feeding the Duck's...


    Located in the main street near the Tourist Info Centre, I found this "harnessed" Thermal Spring.Then, a little further on was another beautiful Spring, this one coming out of a moss covered rock.It was in a really pretty setting, pond with goldfish surrounding it, and then nice shady tree's and fern's, a relaxing area to sit and watch the traffic...


Matlock Hotels

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  • East Lodge Country House Hotel

    Matlock Rd, Rowsley, Matlock, DE4 2EF, United King

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • The Peacock at Rowsley

    Rowsley, Matlock, DE4 2EB, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Alison House

    Intake Lane, Cromford, Matlock, DE4 3RH, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

Matlock Restaurants

  • Authentic Thai cuisine in the heart of...

    Shortly after departing Manchester, we passed a Thai restaurant on the A6 which swiftly prompted thoughts of an Oriental lunch for my friend.When we arrived in Matlock, I used my smartphone to access the Foursquare app and looked to see what restaurants were in our immediate vicinity which might give us an Oriental option. Off we went looking for...

  • Time to re-charge the batteries!

    This coffee bar is at the top of the main street, just set back a bit. It's modern inside and I enjoyed the decor. It was rather quiet when we went in, but then it is at the top of the hill! We assumed many people stopped further down the hill at the cafe's there!It has tables and chairs outside and is spacious inside (for a cafe). They have a...

  • Some great restaurants here!

    At Chatsworth they have renovated their 18th century stables into 3 very nice restaurants. Two of them are more casual and inexpensive… for a lighter meal. The third is more classy and expensive. This is the one we went to as it was the only place with spare seats, but we were so glad we went here! The restaurants have been refurbished by Lady...

  • Just what was needed!

    After our trip into the old lead mine, (and it’s 170 steps!), we needed a much needed cold drink, a cup of tea and something to eat. We went to the tea shop, which has a gift section called High Falls Rock Shop (where I bought a lovely hedgehog!), and a food section. This tea place has a wonderful vantage point with stunning views down the Derwent...

  • Best fish in the gorge!

    This is a friendly and lively restaurant in the High Street. It is popular, and you can see why. The service is friendly and fast, the décor cheerful, the food good value for money and tasty. We had fish and chips, the obvious choice in this restaurant… and the battered fish was not fatty, and a decent size, with the fish falling off the fork. We...

  • Cavendish rooms for lunch!

    We had been galivanting around the gorgeous halls of Chatsworth and the lovely garden and needed to recharge ourselves with a good meal and some refreshment.We went to the picturesque 18th century stable block where there are 3 restaurants, the first two are more casual and had lighter meals, and were choc-a-bloc! The third was a tad more formal...


Matlock Transportation

  • Train to Matlock

    Matlock sits at the end of the a branch line from Derby.Journey time from Derby is a little more than half an hour with services running approximately every hour on weekdays and two-hourly on Sundays.A single journey costs £5.50, whilst a return ticket is a bargain at just £5.60 (accurate at July 2012).

  • Matlock Bath train station

    We drove to Matlock Bath and I do think that this is the best way to get here nowadays. It is out fot he way and you need your own wheels. Over a hundred years ago it was a different story though, the railway opened Matlock Bath uo to the world, and in the 1840s, when the railway first came to Matlock Bath, with it came many people, and money,...

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Matlock Shopping

  • 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!!

  • 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...

  • 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...


Matlock Warnings and Dangers

  • Take care in the old lead mine

    As an asthmatic I found it hard going inside the mine as it is claustrophobic and very damp... water was dripping everywhere. So, aside from having to step over water puddles everywhere, which made the already-uneven floor rather slippery, the walls were dripping too.. so there wasn't much to hold on to! At the end of the mine you have to climb 82...

  • Traffic jams

    Matlock Bath (2 miles from Matlock) is very popular with tourists. Avoid in a car at weekends!!!! The traffic can get horrendous, especially through the summer. Walking is a much more enjoyable option.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Matlock Favorites


    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 MatlockTelephone: 01629 762 120Telephone: 01629 582 094Telephone: 01629 580 038

  • Chatsworth and Pride and Prejudice

    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...

  • Flora and fauna

    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...


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