Destination guide

Go boating, hiking or shopping from a Matlock cottage

Located on the edge of the Peak District National Park, Matlock is a quaint town known for spa treatments, scenic surroundings and the outdoor adventures of the Peak District. You can spend your time boating or hiking in Hall Leys Park near Matlock Bath or shopping in charming, independent boutiques near Crown Square, all within reach of your cottage rental.


Explore the history near Matlock holiday homes

With an extensive background to uncover from Matlock holiday rentals, you can spend the entire holiday appreciating this historic town. The oldest known building was constructed in 1667, and Matlock has a long history of cotton milling and mining. Some historic destinations include the Peak Rail, which is a preserved railway with a steam engine and classic cars that still operates for visitors, and the medieval manner of Haddon Hall, with its Elizabethan gardens and stately Tudor hall. Stanton Moor is an outdoor park featuring weathered stones and the Nine Ladies megaliths that date back thousands of years. Lastly, to understand the rich mining background, you don’t want to miss out on the Peak District Mining Museum.


Sightseeing in and around Matlock

Are you hoping to discover top things to see and do while you're in town? Venture out of your holiday home and experience everything that makes Matlock a fun spot to go on holiday. These are some of the top attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Gulliver's Kingdom (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
  • Crich Tramway Village (5 mi / 8.1 km)
  • Peak District National Park Authority (7.3 mi / 11.7 km)
  • Denby Pottery (10.3 mi / 16.6 km)
  • Ashbourne Golf Club (10.5 mi / 17 km)
  • Birchall Golf and Leisure (12.3 mi / 19.8 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Matlock

Travellers love Matlock for its pristine countryside and beautiful gardens. Whether you're an active traveller or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Matlock. Here are some of the area’s most stunning sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Peace Gardens (18.1 mi / 29.1 km)
  • Heights of Abraham (1.2 mi / 1.9 km)
  • Lea Gardens (3.2 mi / 5.2 km)
  • Carsington Water (5 mi / 8.1 km)
  • Dovedale National Nature Reserve (9 mi / 14.6 km)
  • Ecclesall Woods (14.8 mi / 23.8 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around Matlock

Fly into East Midlands (EMA), the closest airport, located 23.5 mi (37.9 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Nottingham (NQT), which is 25.7 mi (41.4 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Matlock Bath Station, Matlock Station and Cromford Station are the main stations in the city.

How to get around

Transport to and around Matlock holiday cottages

To access the best destinations in Matlock, you’ll want to know how to get to and around villa rentals. The largest airports are located in Manchester and Birmingham, and both offer trains that will conveniently take you directly to Matlock. Bus routes travel daily from both airports as well. If you plan to see the Derbyshire region, the railway is a practical and scenic mode of transport. Likewise, buses traverse the countryside and are especially useful for trips to the nearby Peak District National Park and historic Matlock Bath parish. A car hire is an option as well, whether from one of the major airports or in Matlock.

Food & drink 

Taste the delicacies of Matlock near villa rentals

A host of Matlock’s favourite foods awaits you from your holiday rental. As Matlock is located in the Peak District, you have the chance to partake of the area’s culinary roots and rich local flavours. Save some of your appetite for dessert, though, because you may get to enjoy the flaky outer crust of jam-filled Bakewell pudding, or the Bakewell tart, which consists of a shortcrust pastry, jam, frangipane and flaked almonds. If you savour blue cheese, the Stilton cheese is one of England’s finest that you can purchase in only a few counties including Derbyshire. Less famous but no less delicious is the Melandra Loaf, which is a pleasantly fruity bread.

Essential info

Key facts for your holiday rental in Matlock

Before you book holiday cottages in Matlock, you’ll want to know some information about the town. As would be expected, high season is during the summer months. Summer brings pleasant but sometimes cool weather, with average temperatures around 16°C. To dial locally, the area code is 01629. The local Whitworth Hospital has an urgent-care centre, and the two nearest emergency rooms are in Chesterfield and Mansfield. Enjoy peace of mind knowing that Matlock is considered a very safe area as well.

How many holiday rentals are available around Matlock?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,061 holiday lettings around Matlock. From 911 cottages to 911 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.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Matlock? offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Matlock. From travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Matlock Station: 1,470 holiday lettings
  • Heights of Abraham: 1,472 holiday lettings
  • Cromford Station: 1,475 holiday lettings
  • Whatstandwell Station: 1,280 holiday lettings
  • Matlock Bath Station: 1,470 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Matlock listed on where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Matlock?

Yes, of course. offers 911 Cottages in Matlock. Our other popular types of Matlock holiday rentals include:

  • Cabins: 911 self catering accommodations
  • Houses: 84 self catering accommodations
  • Bungalows: 911 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Flats and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Matlock?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 25 holiday homes with pool available in Matlock. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.