The Rose and Crown is ideally situated for the wealth of tourist attractions in the area.
For the adventurers and thrill seekers, Alton Towers is a great family day out, and is only a 10 minute drive from The Rose and Crown. Set in 500 acres of beautiful Staffordshire countryside, England’s No 1 theme park is open from March until October. Visit www.altontowers.com for more information and opening times.
National Trust properties
The Peak District is home to many National Trust properties boasting some stunning architecture and beautiful grounds. Amongst those worth a visit are Calke Abbey, Kedleston Hall, Hardwick Hall, Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood. For more information and for opening times, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk.
In addition to these, Chatsworth House has more than 30 richly decorated rooms, a glorious garden with fascinating waterworks, a farmyard and woodland adventure playground. Visit www.chatsworth.org for more information.
Haddon Hall, a Medieval and Tudor manor house, is situated close to the popular market town of Bakewell. It is untouched by time, with beautiful terraced gardens. www.haddonhall.co.uk
The Well Dressings
The well dressings are an ancient craft thought to have originated from Pagan times as a ritual performed to give thanks for the supply of fresh water. Another suggestion connects the celebration with various outbreaks of plague; certainly the wells at Eyam were used as a means of outside contact during the 1600’s. Whatever the true origin, the ceremony of well dressing is peculiar to the County of Derbyshire and the fringe areas. Tissington, recorded as dressing a well in 1349, is the oldest authenticated instance of well dressing in Derbyshire. The well dressing programme starts in early April and runs through until mid September. Mayfield has 3 wells which are dressed in June each year.
Caves of the Peak District
In the Peak District National Park beneath the stunning scenery is a landscape which is entirely different. Crystal formations, historic rope works, an 18th century lead mine and an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites are all hidden in the caves of the Peak District.
Peak Cavern, Castleton (also known as The Devil’s Arse!) www.devilsarse.com
Speedwell Cavern, Castleton www.speedwellcavern.co.uk
Treak Cliff Cavern, Castleton www.bluejohnstone.com
Poole’s Cavern, Buxton www.poolescavern.co.uk
The old Victorian holiday destination of Matlock Bath is 30 minutes drive from The Rose and Crown. Here you will find Masson Mills, the finest surviving and best preserved example of one of Arkwright’s cotton mills.www.massonmills.co.uk
Also in Matlock is The Heights of Abraham, a cable car ride which allows you to rise high above a dramatic limestone gorge, amid great natural beauty. Visit www.heights-of-abraham.co.uk for more information.
Peak Rail will take you on a journey back in time for a nostalgic train ride between Matlock and Rowsley. The steam services operate throughout the year, with a host of special events. More information can be obtained fromwww.peakrail.co.uk.
… and there’s more
The Peak District itself is the perfect playground for walkers, cyclists, nature lovers and adrenalin junkies. If you are looking for active adventure, there’s a huge range to choose from including walking, cycling, climbing, water sports, and paragliding, plus many activity centres where you can have a taster session or activity break. If you prefer to relax with a round of golf or a spot of fishing, you’ll find plenty of excellent locations to indulge yourself. There’s also a wide choice of arts and craft, wildlife and nature, and other special interest activities on offer. Visit www.peakdistrict.org.
Other places of interest include: Bolsover Castle, Peveril Castle, Tutbury Castle, Wingfield Manor, Bass Museum, Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Crich Tramway Museum, Denby Visitor Centre, Derwent Valley Visitor Centre, DH Lawrence House Museum, Eyam museum, Peak District Mining Museum.