Matlock Area Guide

Matlock is a town in Derbyshire, England, located on the edge of the Peak District National Park. Matlock itself is a popular tourist destination with attractions like the Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath, and the beautiful River Derwent. The town is also a gateway to exploring the Peak District, which offers hiking, cycling, and other outdoor activities.


Exploring Matlock

If you are looking for incredible views, make sure to visit the Heights of Abraham. You can take a flight in the famous cable cars or walk up if you love the trek! Once you reach  the hilltop park, you will be astounded by the wonderful panoramic views of the peaks and valleys. The park also features walking trails, caverns and various attractions to cater to everyone.

Located in the heart of Matlock is Hall Leys Park, a beautiful space with a boating lake, playgrounds and picturesque gardens. The park also gained its 15th consecutive Green Flag award from the Keep Britain Tidy Group, making it officially one of the best parks in the whole of the UK!

Travel on the Peak rail

Peak Rail is a charming heritage railway with both steam and diesel lines that winds its way for 4 miles between the delightful Matlock and Rowsley South railway stations. The Matlock station has preserved much of its original design after being crafted in part by Joseph Paxton, the architect of London’s Crystal Palace.

This railway hosts several special events each year, with the highly beloved ‘Santa Special’ train rides being a festive highlight for families during Christmas! Additionally, the railway provides a unique dining experience called The Palatine which offers luxury dining and afternoon tea.

Eating in Matlock

Matlock offers a brilliant range of eateries. For a fine dining experience, Stones Restaurant is perfect! Offering a modern British menu that often changes regularly to reflect the very best in seasonal and local produce, it even offers a riverside terrace if you are looking for a romantic meal out! However, you may want to book in advance, as it is often booked up for a couple of weeks.

If you are looking for something a little more relaxed, you can find plenty of cute, independent cafes dotted around the area. A favourite is Butterfingers, a cosy little cafe serving the most delicious cakes, lunch and a great cup of coffee!

Find your perfect stay in Matlock


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