Destination guide

Enjoy a Peak District National Park holiday home

A splodge of greenery on the map of the English Midlands heralds the vast Peak District. Back in 1951, the region became the first designated national park in the country and it's easy to see why. Windswept heaths creep up and drop down with the sculpted bluffs of hills, like Mam Tor and Kinder Scout. There are Neolithic remains, and carved gorges and caves, all just waiting for the budding adventurer. And that's not even mentioning the quaint villages, where cosy tearooms are sandwiched between pretty churches and charming Peak District National Park holiday lettings.

History

Tracing history around the Peak District National Park

Because they're within a protected national reserve, the historical treasures of the Peak District are largely untouched. Some of the drystone walls that you see running around the region have been standing for centuries, while plenty of the villages – Castleton, Bradwell, Hathersage – come with intriguing medieval and industrial heritage. However, some of the most striking historical sites in the area are surely the haunting stones of Arbor Low and Minninglow. Go to those for glimpses of prehistoric henges and burial mounds from the Bronze Age. Both places are easy to reach from holiday rentals on the south side of the Peak District National Park.

Outdoor activities

Peak District National Park holiday cottages for hikers

Wherever you are in the Peak District, you can rest assured that there will be a beautiful hiking trail nearby. Marked routes cast a mesh across the dales and the fells, here, to offer mile upon mile of paths to ramblers. In fact, a few Peak District National Park holiday cottages have them passing right outside their front door, so you can be the first scrambling up the ridges, come morning. Popular treks include the ascent to Kinder Scout, the highest point in the region at over 1,600 feet. Other paths delve into the steep-sided Dovedale Gorge or join sections of the long-distance Pennine Way, at Edale. Going underground is also possible. Cavers come from miles around to conquer the tunnels at Castleton, for example.

Restaurants and bars

Excellent restaurants in the Peak District National Park

Amid the rolling fields and rough-hewn walls of the Peak District, you might just find one of England's most unlikely gastronomic hotspots. Areas to check out are:

  • Tideswell, which has classic British chippies and charming tearooms run by locals
  • Eaton Hill, where Italian trattorias mingle with vintage coach houses that sell English roasts
  • Bakewell, where the cafes all sell the famous local tart – topped with a cherry, of course
  • The countryside around Ladybower Reservoir, which has charming inns with crackling fires and real northern comfort food
Essential info

Key information about the Peak District National Park

  • The Peak District National Park covers 6 counties in total, though most lies within Derbyshire
  • Manchester International is the nearest major airport to the region
  • Peak District National Park holiday homes tend to be most popular during the summer, when the hiking season is in full swing
  • Coming with your 4-legged friend? Be sure to keep Rover on the lead during the lambing season, in spring

Where to stay around Peak District National Park?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,102 holiday lettings near Peak District National Park. From 1,141 Cottages to 1,141 Cabins, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover Peak District National Park area.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Peak District National Park?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Peak District National Park. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Yorkshire: 7,668 holiday homes
  • Manchester: 594 holiday homes
  • North York: 6,136 holiday homes
  • Derbyshire: 2,197 holiday homes
  • Shropshire: 1,442 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Peak District National Park! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Peak District National Park?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Peak District National Park with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Manchester: 594 holiday lettings
  • Bakewell: 1,341 holiday lettings
  • Leeds: 1,053 holiday lettings
  • Sheffield: 809 holiday lettings
  • Matlock: 1,248 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Peak District National Park?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Peak District National Park are:

  • Manchester Airport (MAN): 785 self catering accommodations
  • Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA): 911 self catering accommodations
  • Nottingham East Midlands Airport (EMA): 413 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Peak District National Park?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Peak District National Park. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Alton Towers: 1,313 holiday rentals
  • Chatsworth House: 1,639 holiday rentals
  • Heaton Park: 700 holiday rentals
  • Peak District National Park Authority: 1,700 holiday rentals
  • Manchester Central (GMEX): 680 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Peak District National Park listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.