26 things to do in the Peak district
Updated: May 26
26 things to do in the Peak district. Summer 2020 we have decided to stay in the UK. One of the locations we have chosen for a week away is the beautiful Peak District.
I think the Peak District is sometimes forgotten when it comes to getaways with kids.
There are quite a lot of things to do in and around the Peak District, making it a pretty fun place to be, when we go on holiday we like to plan in advance otherwise we just end up driving around for hours, get sick of being in the car and head back to where we are staying in a mood.
The best way to avoid that is pre planning, look into what is in the area and close by, write down the places you want to visit and have set days for each thing. This is what works for us.
So,what is there to do in the Peak District?
Peak Wildlife Park – Leek. With maneless zebra, Ring Tailed lemurs, visayan wart pig and lots more to enjoy your little ones will love visiting.
Matlock farm park – Matlock. From visiting the animals, horse riding and the various events that take place throughout the year , you will never get bored here.
Crich tramway village – Take a step back in time and take a ride on the trams, a stroll down the period street and spot some goodies in the shops.
Gullivers Kingdom – Thrilling rides, climbing, log flume and fun themed rooms you will have a blast with your little ones.
Chatsworth House – Farmyard,Playground,House,Garden and various events! What is not to love! Absolute must you can easily spend days here.
Ecclesbourne Valley railway – A lovely day out on the Steam trains. A firm favourite of the boys.
Carsington water – Horse riding, cycling, Bird watching, walking, fishing and water sports. What a fab fun day out.
Buxton Treasure trail – Treasure trails have put together a fab trail in Buxton, set at your own pace. Who knows what treasure you might find at the end.
Lead mining museum – guided tours in a mine, loads of interactive goodies for the kids to enjoy. A truly great educational day out and rather quite interesting too.
Alton Towers – Just outside the Peak District but worth the extra 30 mins. With lots of theme park rides, cbeebies land, waterpark. You could spend a few days here to enjoy and experience everything.
Monsal trail – A traffic free trail for you to enjoy walking, cycling and horse riding. Great for a nice stroll.
Heights of Abraham – Take a ride on the cable car and go on to explore the estate. Your ticket also admits you into the two caverns. There are also shops, cafe and walks to explore.
Pooles Cavern – Explore the limestone caves and stroll through the woodlands to a viewpoint. Breathtaking.
Derwent dam – Looking for somewhere to go for a nice walk? Why not try Derwent dam?
Bakewell old house museum – With over 500 years of history to explore, if you like to visit museums then you will love Bakewell Old House.
Longshaw estate – A fantastic National trust property for everyone to explore with various walking trails and animals.
Sudbury Hall & National Trust Museum of childhood – You can explore the eight galleries in the museum along with the 17th century hall that you can enjoy.
Matlock bath aquarium – Aquarium and exhibition inside a beautiful victorian building, with over 50 aquatic species, Hologram gallery, Petrifying well and lots more to see you are sure to have a great day.
Eyam plague village museum – An absolutely fascinating museum which tells the story of the tailor who triggered the bubonic plague to the Ralph wain who turned the village back around after its downfall.
Shipley country park – A green flag winner and a space to let the kids run wild for a few hours.
Renishaw hall & gardens – Gorgeous Italianate gardens, guided tours in the hall, explore the vineyard and have a bite to eat in the cafe. Lovely place to visit.
Conkers activity centre – 120 acres of complete joy. That is how the boys would explain conkers. With interactive exhibits, 4d cinema experience, tree top walk, adventure play, underground adventure, restaurants and cafes. It’s just a day full of fun.
National forest adventure farm – Farm animals, hands on experiences, outdoor adventures on the jumping pillow, fossil dig sand pit, go karts, musical maze, assault course and so much more.
Tropical Butterfly house – Indoor rainforest, Meet lemurs, meerkats, owls, otters, snakes, and more. Falconry displays, bats, crocs and crawlies.
Go Ape – Tree top fun, obstacle courses and zip wires in the trees. How can you argue with that!
Alpaca experience stoop farm – Spend an hour walking with the gorgeous Alpacas.
So there you have a few ideas of things you can do when you visit the Peak District, but there are still so many great things that are not on this list that you could do too. We are planning to spend a week here in early July so will pop on some reviews of what we decided to do.