Matlock in Derbyshire
Matlock is situated in Derbyshire, on the edge of the Peak District National Park, about 20 miles north of Derby. Until the 1830's Matlock was a hamlet whose principal industry was agriculture with lead mining and quarrying as subsidiary activities. The building of the mills at Cromford, by Richard Arkwrighrt in the late 18th century provided some employment for Matlock people but it was John Smedley, born 1803, who established Hydrotheraphy in Matlock and made it one of the most celebrated centres for the treatment of ailments with water theraphy, in the country.
Smedley built the large building in Matlock Bank, home of the Derbyshire County Council since 1955, and with the arrival of the railway in 1849, Matlock's development as a spa town flourished for the next 100 years. At the turn of the 20th century more than 20 hydro's were operating. Trams use to ferry the visitors up to the hydro's, and Matlock had one of the steepest tramways in the country. The tram lines were taken up in 1927.
Smedley also built Riber Castle, which dominates the hillside above the town as a home for himself. It is now in ruins but until recently, housed a remarkable wildlife centre which specialized in rare and endangered species.
Interest in hydrotheraphy took a down turn with the development of the National Health Service, which never really approved or prescribed to 'fanciful treatments'.However, Matlock is still a very busy administrative, shopping and tourist centre, being the home of the Derbyshire Dales District Council as well as the Derbyshire County Council. There is also the Matlock Town Council.
Hall Leys Park is in the centre of the town and provides many recreational facilities, including tennis, miniture golf,a miniature railway, bowls, a childrens play area complete with paddling pool and a small boating lake.It's lovely setting also makes it a wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of Matlock's busy shopping streets.
High Tor, situated between Matlock and Matlock Bath is dominated by a great limestone outcrop which towers almost 400 feet above the river Derwent. High Tor Grounds offer a network of paths enabling visitors to explore the area and experience the spectacular panoramic views from the top of the tor. In 1933 High Tor Grounds were listed as grade11 on the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. They were restored by the Derbyshire Dales District Council after falling into disrepair and are maintained by them.
St Giles Church stands on a hill overlooking the town, with some fine views of the Derwent Valley, Riber Castle and the town below. It has a Perp west tower with diagonal buttresses but the rest was rebuilt in the 19th century. It contains a Norman font, some fine stained glass windows and memorials to the Wolley family who lived at Old Riber Hall.
In 1968 the railway between Matlock and Buxton, through the Peak District National Park, was closed leaving only a branch line to Derby. It had been part of the Midland Railways Line from Manchester to London. In 1975 a group of railway enthusiasts formed the Peak Railway Society with the aim of re-opening the line, which it did, between Matlock and Daley Dale in 1991. In 1997 the railway was further extended to a new station at Rowsley South, which now gives passengers a scenic round trip of 8 miles alongside the river Derwent. The railway runs most Sundays throughout the year, Saturdays as well, from April to October and mid week during the summer holidays. For eating out with a difference, the Peak Rail operates the Palative Dining Car Service on selected dates, for Saturday evening meals and Sunday lunches. There are also many other special events throughout the year. For details contact them on 01629 580381, or contact the Matlock Tourist Information Centre.
Some of the other attractions in the more immediate vicinity are, Arkwrights Mill at Cromford, Gullivers Kingdom at Matlock Bath, Heights of Abraham at Matlock Bath, Lead Mining Museum at Matlock Bath and the Red House Stables and Carriage Museum at Darley Dales.
Victorian Matlock Christmas Weekend and Market
Fri 6 Dec 2013 10:00 to 18:00
Sat 7 Dec 2013 09:30 to 19:00
Sun 8 Dec 2013 09:30 to 18:00
Over 150 stalls in two marquees in Hall Leys Park in the centre of Matlock an impressive Victorian Spa Town. The market will see the widest variety of goods from both local producers and stall holders from all parts of the country. Street entertainers, marching bands, James Mckay and his famous owls. Funfair, Santa's grotto and fireworks display on Sunday at 5.15pm.
For information on food and drink in Matlock and Matlock Bath see Where to eat and drink in the Matlock area
More information on attractions around Matlock
Peak District Mining Museum, Matlock Bath
Exhibition showing the history of lead mining throughout the Peak District. Visitors can operate rag and chain pumps and climb shafts.
Open daily 4th April-31st October, 10am-5pm(July-Oct 10am-10pm at weekends)
Nov-Feb open Mon-Fri 11am-3pm
Tel 01629 583834 www.peakmines.co.uk
Gullivers Kingdom, Matlock Bath
Family theme park with rides suitable for young children and Royal Cave
Tel 01629 580540
Matlock Bath Aquarium and Hollogram Gallery, Matlock Bath
Site of original thermal baths, with collection of cold water, tropical and marine fish; Pertrifying Well and Gemstone collection
Tel 01629 583624
Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire
Entertainment for the whole family. Cable car rides across the Derwent Valley to the 60 acre sunnit. Exciting underground tours in two famous show caves. Explorers challenge. Displays. Picnic and play areas
Open daily from late March to late October
Tel 01629 582365 www.heightsofabraham.com
Lea Gardens Lea, Matlock
A rare collection of Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Alpines and Conifers in a lovely setting. There is a garden shop and a tea room where light lunches are available.
Opening times Late March- June 10am to 5.30pm
Tel 01629 534380
Red House Stables, Darley Dale
A working Carriage Museum
Open daily at 10.00
Tel 01629 733583
Matlock Tourist Information Centre
Matlock Visitor Information Point
Peak Rail Shop
Telephone number 01335 343666
Matlock Tourist Information
How to get to Matlock
Trains from Derby operate along the scenic Derwent Valley Line to Matlock. Journey time from Derby is just 32 minutes.
Rail Times and fare enquiries
National Rail Enquiries (24 hours) 08457 48 49 50
or visit www.nationalrail.co.uk
Main bus services to Matlock include the hourly Transpeak service from Nottingham, Derby, Belper, Bakewell and Buxton, with services every 2 hours from Stockport and Manchester. An hourly bus service also operate from Chesterfield. Services from Sheffield and other local towns also serve Matlock. A good network of Sunday bus services also serve the town. Throughout Matlock, local town bus services operate regularly Monday to Saturday.
For local bus times
call Traveline 0871 200 22 33 or visit
Situated on the A6, 20 miles north of Derby. Signposted from M1 junction 28 and A6 approach roads.
Car Parks in Matlock
Dale Road in Matlock
Plenty of free on-street parking in the town centre.
Public toilets in Matlock
Matlock bus station in Bakewell Road
Both ends of Hall Leys Park.
Doctors in Matlock
Lime Grove Walk
Derbyshire DE4 3FD
Tel: 01629 581586
8 Imperial Road
Matlock Derbyshire DE4 3NL
Tel: 01629 583465
Dentists in Matlock
Matlock Dental Practice
Dale Road Dental Practice 92 Dale Road Matlock Derbyshire DE4 3LU 01629 582218
Accommodation around Matlock and Matlock Bath
Sunnybank Self Catering Holiday Accommodation - Situated in Matlock Bath, on the edge of woodland and in the Heart of Derbyshire, Sunnybank is a delightful Victorian 'Gentleman's residence' tastefully refurbished to cater for modern day requirements. Located at the top of a quiet cul-de-sac, there is a drive on which you can park a car and there is also ample on-street, FREE, parking.
There are stunning views to the rear towards the Black Rocks of Cromford, and sidewards looking at the Wild Cat Craggs across the River Derwent where climbers can be seen ascending the cliff faces virtually every sunny day.
Sleeps up to 14
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Woodside Farm Holiday Cottages - Set in the Derbyshire Dales on the edge of the Peak District National Park, Nr Matlock Woodside Farm is now run as a smallholding that stands in five acres with chickens and sheep grazing in the surrounding fields and occupies a super rural position with fantastic views over the Derwent Valley and surrounding countryside. Read more at Wooside Farm Holiday Cottages
Darwin Forest Country Park - Luxury self-catering Pinelodges (ETC 4 star) to sleep from 2 to 8 people on this lovely wooded country park. Each lodge is beautifully furnished and fully equipped with fitted kitchen, microwave, CD player, satellite TV, DVD player, verandah with outdoor furniture. Read more at Darwin Forest Country Park
Woodlands Cottage - Woodlands Cottage is a spacious and superbly appointed, four bedroomed, stone cottage to sleep up to 8. Enclosed in its own garden with a large sun terrace, hot tub and outdoor furniture, yet enjoying all the facilities available at Darwin Forest Country Park. Read more at Woodlands Cottage
Yew Tree Cottage - Yew Tree Cottage is an AA award winning B&B located in the heart of Tansley. The 18th century cottage with stunning views and tranquil grounds has been sympathetically restored providing excellent standards of comfort and cleanliness while retaining originality. Memorable breakfasts are served in an elegant breakfast room. Read more at Yew Tree Cottage B&B Accommodation
Pear Tree Farm - Guest House and Self catering accommodation available at this Farm House and Arts Centre. Pear Tree Farm Guest House and Art Studio has beautiful views over the Lea Valley Conversation Area and situated on the border of the Peak District in the Derbyshire Dales, 10 minutes from Matlock Bath. Surrounded by inspiring countryside, many walks and attractions for the holiday maker, relaxing, friendly and comfortable accommodation with freshly cooked locally sourced farmhouse food we offer the perfect break, you can also join in on one of our art courses!.
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Avondale Farm - ETC 4-star Silver Award - a unique B&B hideaway exclusively for two people in a carefully restored barn in the Peak District National Park.
The accommodation is warm and sunny - it has beamed ceilings, a friendly, relaxed ambience and is totally self contained.
Views are over our cottage garden and traditionally grazed limestone meadows with dry stone walls.
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The Old Coach House - Award winning Old Coach House holiday cottage is set in the quiet picturesque village of Aldwark near Grangemill within easy reach of Bakewell, Ashbourne , Hartington , Cromford and Matlock as well as the many attractions to be found here in the Derbyshire Peak District.
The two bedroomed cottage was built around 1686 , is well equipped , tastefully modernised and is maintained to a high standard with the grading of 4 Stars. It been accepted by the Derbyshire Dales Accommodation Guide.
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Middle Farm Holiday Cottages at Bushfield - Brushfield is on the Edge of Monsal Dale and lies on a sunny south facing hillside high above Taddington Dale.
Set in the midst of the beautiful Derbyshire Peak District, Middle Farm Holiday Cottages have outstanding views across open landscapes. It is an idyllic setting providing peace and tranquility. We have two holiday cottages. Maigold Cottage sleeps 4. Albertine Barn sleeps 8.
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