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Top ten things to do in and around Matlock

PUBLISHED: 14:35 14 March 2014 | UPDATED: 21:20 23 October 2015



Located within the Peak District, Matlock has a lot to offer. From gardens to go-karts, there’s something for everyone writes Matt Mosley of

Amble around Lea Gardens.

Wander through the magnificent collection of rhododendrons in the gardens, just 3 miles from Matlock.

Matlock Park Farm

Explore, play, race and learn on the farm. Meet the animals, race on the go karts and play in the adventure playground before relaxing in the cafe barn.

Crich Tramway Village

Enjoy Crich Tramway Village. Venture through the Woodland Walk and Sculpture Trail, or take a step back in time to the Village Scene, before taking a ride on the tram to the Glory Mine.

Hall Leys Park

Stroll through Hall Leys Park in Matlock. Hall Leys Park is an award-winning park the family will enjoy, with a children’s boating lake and an interactive play area.

Peak District Mining Museum

Visit the Peak District Mining Museum in Matlock Bath. Check out the thousands of artefacts on display, venture into the Temple Mine or spend some time panning for gold.

Cromford Canal

Stroll beside the Cromford Canal. Soak up the charming scenery, appreciating the peace and quiet whilst sauntering towards Arkwright’s Mill.

Rowtor Rocks

Climb through the caves and tunnels of Rowtor or the Druid’s Rocks in Birchover, or drive on and explore the Nine Ladies Bronze Age Stone Circle at nearby Stanton Moor.

Experience Rapid Horizons.

Try rafting, kayaking or tubing along the River Derwent and see Matlock from a different angle.

Visit Lumsdale Valley.

Soak up some of Matlock’s history in the hidden gorge returned to nature whilst walking past the surrounding water mills.

Spend a day at Caudwell’s Mill and Craft Centre.

View some amazing artwork, peruse the jewellery collections or see the talented blacksmith, plus much more, all in a picturesque riverside setting.

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