From the high moorland of Kinder Scout and the gritstone edges, through the Dales and the more rounded landscape of the White Peak, to the open farmland of the south & east, Derbyshire has much to offer the visitor. With Peak Rail and The Midland Railway Centre, The National Tramway Museum, Cromford Mill and the canal, The High Peak Trail and Matlock Bath Cable Cars, the area is a delight for transport enthusiasts.
Most of the west and north of the county will appeal to all lovers of the outdoors while some of the country houses and museums in the district are regarded as national treasures, so after you have visited Bill Hudson Railway Books linger a while in one of England's magical counties.
East Midlands Railway will get you here and you can alight at Matlock Station, while Derbyshire Public Transport will get you around the area. Peak Rail, The Midland Railway Centre & Barrow Hill Engine Shed will take you back to the glorious days of steam or the noisy days of the early diesels. The National Tramway Museum is one of England's best known attractions and lovingly recreates a bygone era of urban transport. For the more adventurous, and fun for the whole family, take a trip on the Cable Car to The Heights of Abraham at Matlock Bath.
The whole of the Peak District is a paradise for walkers and nature lovers but of special interest are Millers Dale. One of Derbyshire's secrets - explore the site of one of the most important stations on the ex-MR Derby to Manchester line Poole's Cavern & country park at Buxton, together with Treak Cliff Cavern & Speedwell Cavern at Castleton.
An overview of much of Derbyshire's Industrial History can be gained at Derby Industrial Museum. Cromford is often regarded as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, being the area where Sir Richard Arkwright harnessed water power to drive machinery and both Cromford Mill and Masson Mills are steeped in industrial history. Lead and stone have been worked locally since Roman times and a visit to Wirksworth Heritage Centre will reveal much of their history, while nearby discover the story of stone at National Stone Centre and just over the county boundary, but well worth a visit, try The National Brewery Centre, Burton upon Trent.
Several of the finest historic houses in the country are situated in Derbyshire with Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall being only a short drive from Peak Rail. Not much further and equally of interest are Eyam Hall, Tissington Hall and Renishaw Hall. If this is not enough then you can continue the theme of elegance with a visit to the Royal Crown Derby visitor centre.