Holiday Village of the Peak District – Matlock Bath

The pretty village of Matlock Bath is one of the most popular villages in the Peak District National Park, blessed with incredible, atmospheric and photogenic surroundings the area is also a conversation area. This means that that lovely buildings and historic architecture has been beautifully preserved. The village is set into a limestone gorge which means the imposing surroundings cliffs are quite a sight. The area is a tourist hot spot and is home to many attractions.

History of the village – In 1698 warm springs were discovered and a Bath House was built. As the waters became more famous, access was improved by the building of the bridge into Old Matlock and in 1783, the opening of a new entrance at the south of the valley. Princess Victoria’s royal visit in 1831 confirmed Matlock as a society venue of the time.

Royal visits in the 19th century meant that Matlock Bath gained fashionable status, and even Queen Victoria visited on two occasions in the mid 1800s. These visits served to enhance the reputation of the resort but eventually, the advent of the railway changed all that by bringing ‘day trippers’ by the score. It was at this time that Matlock Bath developed its inland ‘seaside’ resort image that it still carries today.

The village has very unique scenery. The imposing High Tor surrounds the community which really attracts the climbers. The River Derwent is also nearby and is perfect for boating, picnics and relaxing by the river. Make sure you also ride the fabulous old stream train which runs between Matlock Riverside and Rowsley South.

Riber Castle is a 19th century Grade II listed country house situated in the hamlet of Riber on a hill overlooking Matlock, Derbyshire. It was built by John Smedley in 1862 as his private home and his wife lived in it until her death. It’s built in a gothic style and is an interesting spot if only for its eerie atmosphere that surrounds it!

There are plenty of attractions to visit in the area too, including a textile museum, the Life in a Lens Museum of Photography, and a lead mining museum. Check out the aquarium in the old Victorian Baths, as well as the Whistlestop Countryside Centre, with its wildlife garden and learning and play areas. Gulliver’s Kingdom is Matlock Bath’s popular children’s theme park, and features rides and play ares for the whole family. Also try Abraham Heights which is reached by a fun cable car ride.

To find out more about the Peak District including cottages in the Peak District see Inspire Breaks Peak District website www.inspirebreakspeakdistrict.co.uk for area guides, information and accommodation including places near Alton Towers

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