Destination guide

Explore Peak District scenery from a Debyshire cottage

Derbyshire is known for its Peak District scenery, so it's one of the top destinations for cottages for rent in the Peak District if you want the best the national park has to offer. Mam Tor and Kinder Scout are located within Derbyshire, so you could be just a short walk away from these iconic and scenic hills. Additional attractions can be found in town as well, including the historical Bolsover Castle and the fascinating National Tramway Museum. Cottages in the area tend to be quite varied, so you can find luxury and affordable accommodation options alike.


Exploring history in Derbyshire

Get ready to delve into millennia of human history around your Derbyshire holiday rental. Haunting burial mounds take the narrative of the region back more than 5,000 years, with the sites at Minning Low and Arbor Low the most impressive of the lot. Roman ruins also dot the landscapes. The famous spa town of Buxton was even originally known as Aquae Arnemetiae, and has been celebrated since ancient times for its clean, natural spring waters. Later centuries brought a mix of grandeur and grittiness. Mill houses came in the 1700s – the mills accredited by UNESCO today once revolutionised the global cotton industry. The medieval ages saw elegant manor houses spring up, like the beautiful Tudor mansions of Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall.

Things to do

The main attractions in Derbyshire

Entering the northern reaches of Derbyshire means entering the Peak District National Park. It's the jewel of the county's countryside, with rolling hills and lush green farmlands. Hiking and cave exploring, cycling and wildlife spotting, are all on the menu there. Within the boundaries of that iconic reserve is also where you'll find the handsome rises of Chatsworth House. It's a 500-year-old listed building that has manicured Elizabethan gardens, fringing the edge of the River Derwent. The UNESCO-tagged Derwent Valley Mills are a great place to unravel the industrial heritage of Derbyshire's 18th-century past, while a ride on the Midland Railway promises steam-puffing locomotives from decades gone by.


Activities and attractions in and around Derbyshire

Are you hoping to discover things to do in the city? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to experience everything that makes Derbyshire a fun place to get away to. Here are some of the most popular attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Magna Science Adventure Centre (21.6 mi / 34.8 km)
  • Gulliver's Kingdom (2.3 mi / 3.7 km)
  • Crich Tramway Village (5.9 mi / 9.6 km)
  • Peak District National Park Authority (6.5 mi / 10.5 km)
  • Ashbourne Golf Club (10.5 mi / 16.9 km)
  • Denby Pottery (11.2 mi / 18.1 km)
Outdoor activities

Outdoor activities in Derbyshire

Because so much of the Derbyshire countryside is given over to farm fields and the vast reserves of the Peak District National Park, the county remains a real favourite for outdoors adventurers. You can discover rural, rustic Derbyshire holiday cottages that sit close to hiking paths and long-distance cycling routes. Popular walks include the Peak District section of the Pennine Way, which starts here and wriggles right through England to the Scottish borderlands. The landscapes of Derbyshire are also pockmarked with caves. That draws adventurers underground, to navigate the stalactite-splintered tunnels of Speedwell Cavern and the glittering Blue John Cavern, to name just 2.

Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Derbyshire

Whether you're an active traveller or just want to take in the scenery, Derbyshire is a great place to spend some time outside. These are some of the area's most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Peace Gardens (17.9 mi / 28.8 km)
  • Sherwood Forest Country Park (23.1 mi / 37.2 km)
  • Heights of Abraham (2.1 mi / 3.4 km)
  • Lea Gardens (4.1 mi / 6.6 km)
  • Carsington Water (5.3 mi / 8.6 km)
  • Dovedale National Nature Reserve (8.6 mi / 13.9 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around Derbyshire

The nearest airport is in East Midlands (EMA), located 24.3 mi (39.2 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into Nottingham (NQT), which is 26.6 mi (42.9 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Matlock Station, Matlock Bath Station and Cromford Station are the main stations in the area.

How to get around

Travelling around your Derbyshire holiday let

Derbyshire is a rural county at heart. It's criss-crossed by a few local train lines, connecting the main city of Derby to smaller towns and villages. The M1 motorway runs north to south along 1 side of the region, offering good road links to and from nearby cities, like Nottingham and Sheffield, for those who plan on using a car to get to their Derbyshire holiday cottage. Buses are an alternative choice if you don't have or don't want to hire your own wheels, and can't make use of the railways. There are regular departures to places like Matlock and Buxton, but it's important to check timetables ahead of your arrival – many leave sporadically or perhaps even once daily.

Essential info

Facts to remember when travelling in Derbyshire

  • Prepare to navigate country roads if you're planning on driving to your Derbyshire holiday let
  • Derby is the largest city in Derbyshire, with a population of just under 250,000
  • Derby is known for its strong regional accent
  • Bring hiking boots and waterproofs if you're keen on exploring the Peak District National Park
  • Derbyshire holiday cottages tend to be most popular during the summer months and at Christmas time

How many holiday rentals are available around Derbyshire?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,098 holiday lettings around Derbyshire. From 1,429 cottages to 1,429 cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a rural property in Derbyshire?

Nothing comes close to the refreshing silence of rural living. No rumbling traffic or honking cars. Just you and the soothing calm of the countryside! HomeAway has 659 rural getaway properties in this destination. Of course, that may not be quite your holiday style. Fortunately, HomeAway has tons more options, including:

  • 465 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 168 town holiday accommodation options.
  • 125 riverside holiday accommodation options.

Can I stay in Derbyshire in a large group?

The recipe for the perfect trip is hanging out with your favourite people in a fantastic new place. If you'll be hitting the road with a large group, HomeAway can help. Cottage holiday rentals are the preferred option for large groups, with 178 available here. If you're travelling in a larger group, the rental options that are suitable for you include:

  • Are you on the hunt for properties that can sleep 6 people? We have 792 that will fit the bill. Prices start from £60 per night.
  • If you've got 8 in your group, you'll be thrilled to hear that there are 299 holiday rentals perfect. Prices start at £84 per night.
  • Searching for rental properties catering to 5 people? You'll be pleased to learn we have 291 that will fit the bill. You can get one for as little as £39 a night.

You and all your buddies will be well catered to when you arrange your Derbyshire adventure with us!

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Derbyshire?

HomeAway has a variety of great cost-effective possibilities. Treat your group to a fancy night out on the town or hang around a bit longer with all the money leftover. Bolsover District is a magnet for bargain hunters. And with 305 HomeAway holiday rentals at an average price of £85 a night, it isn't difficult to see why. Erewash District is another place worth considering. We've got 235 and the average price is around £93 per night.

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