7 Free (or Good Value) Days Out in the Peak District & Derbyshire

With the wallet-stretching Christmas period over, everybody is feeling the squeeze- but this doesn’t mean that fun days out cannot be had!

Here are 7 brilliant (and cheap) days out in the Peak District & Derbyshire…

Derby Museum & Art Gallery

Derby Museum and Art Gallery covers all sorts of interesting areas; from history, culture and the natural environment of Derby and its region. You can see world-famous collections here, such as paintings by Joseph Wright of Derby – which are well worth a look to marvel at. The other galleries feature stunning archaeology, local regimental history and beautiful natural sciences. A fantastic day out no matter how old you are!

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

Buxton By Lindsay

Buxton Pavilion Gardens has much more to offer than initially meets the eye. There’s walks, lakes, play areas and even a  miniature train; which are sure to be a firm favourite with the whole family. The Gardens restoration project has successfully restored the Pavilion back to its original Victorian style, which really makes it a lovely and picturesque day out.

Monsal Trail

This is a newly reopened 8 1/2 mile stretch cycle path between Bakewell and Blackwell Junction near Buxton. Formerly part of the Midland Railway route between Manchester and London, the trail offers a journey though narrow cuttings and over impressive viaducts above the River Wye. Both the scenic views and the wildlife that you can see here are sure to make for a brilliant adventure.


Chestnut Centre

If you love otters and owls then this is the place to go. Home to many species of otters including the spectacular Giant Otter from South America. Numerous species of owls, wildcats and the pine marten.
With half term coming up it’s good to know that during holiday times a nature quiz trail is available for children and families.
After the mile long trail you can warm up with a hot drink at the coffee shop- the perfect end to a lovely day out!

Although this is not a free day out, a family ticket costing £26, for the amount on offer to see and experience, it’s worth it.


Derby Cathedral


Derby Cathrdral taken by Reb Read



With its story going back to the tenth century, Derby Cathedral offers a unique visitor experience. The best bits are: the early sixteenth century tower, the Bess of Hardwick’s Monument, Joseph Wright’s tombstone or the beautiful Ceri Richards Stained Glass windows. This is a colourful and bright Cathedral and is a lovely place to sit and enjoy the tranquillity and architecture.


Thornbridge Brewery 

The first Thornbridge craft beers were produced in February 2005 at the brewery housed in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall. The range of cask and bottled beers has now won more than 100 awards and are now adored by beer-lovers across the country. Their new state of the art brewery was opened at Bakewell in September 2009, and the tours for which are brilliant!


Brewery Tour Dates:

3pm Wednesday and Friday

Admission: £7.50 for Adults (18 and over), £3 for those 5-17, unfortunately for Health and Safety reasons, under 5s are not able to come on the tour.


Longshaw Estate


Longshaw Taken by Reb Read


Located to the West of both Chesterfield and Sheffield, this is a gorgeous place to have a day out in the Peak District’s fresh air. It will suit everyone as it has many walking routes to suit all levels of difficulty… and a tea room (with cake).

One thing that makes Longshaw such a good walk is that it is peppered with a great collection of abandoned millstones which, as the logo as the Peak District National Park, are lovely to see in real life.




So, there we have it, now you’ve no excuse not to wrap up and enjoy those crisp Winter days!




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