Hardwick Hall is an Elizabethan masterpiece, whose stunning houses and beautiful landscape have been created by a cast of thousands. It was the formidable Bess of Hardwick who first created Hardwick in the late 1500s. In the centuries since then her descendants, farmers, gardeners, builders, decorators, embroiders and craftsmen of all kinds have contributed and made Hardwick their creation.
North-East of Bakewell, near Edensor, lies the home of the Dukes of Devonshire, Chatsworth House, one of the finest of the great houses of Britain. The origins of the house as a great showpeice must be attributable to the redoubtable Bess of Hardwick, one of whos husbands, Sir William Cavendish, bought the estate in 1549. The 1000 acre park , farmyard & Adventure playground, gift shops, and restaurants are open all year round.
Chesterfield Crooked Spire
St Mary and All Saints, the Crooked Spire Church, was built in the late 13th Century and finished around 1360. It's the largest church in Derbyshire. The Spire stands 228 feet from the ground and leans 9 feet 5 inches from its true centre. The Spire was built straight and the reason that it 'twisted' may be the amount of green timber used during its construction. Then 32 tons of lead tiles were placed on top - enough to bend anyone's back!
Chesterfield Traditional Market
To market to market, to buy ... you'll be surprised at what you can buy at Chesterfield Market, it's just a matter of finding it among so many stalls. This traditional open air market has been going since at least 1165, when the Sheriff of Derbyshire recorded an account of £1 2s 7d from the market of Chesterfield.
There's a fairytale quality to Bolsover Castle that makes it a firm favourite with anyone looking for a great value day out in the East Midlands. Highlights include the sumptuously painted walls and ceilings of the Little Castle, intricately carved fireplaces and the magnificent indoor Riding School. There is plenty to do for all the family in the Discovery Centre with its fascinating audio-visual displays, and extensive grounds to explore with lots of green space for a family picnic. And with panoramic views over the Vale of Scarsdale, Bolsover has everything you need for a fun day out in Derbyshire.
With it's machinery now restored to illustrate the workings of a 19th century water-powered corn mill, Stainsby is well worth a visit. Though there has been a mill here since medieval times, the bulidings seen today date from 1849 when the then new machinery was first fitted.