Derbyshire Historic Houses (8 – 9 hours)
Explore Derbyshire’s historic houses, choose from a combination of these spectacular sites.
Chatsworth House: Chatsworth is known as ‘The Palace of the Peaks’ and is one of the country’s greatest Treasure Houses. The contents have been collected by the Dukes of Devonshire over five centuries. It may look familiar, as it was used in the film The Duchess.
Just down the road is the smaller Haddon Hall, still a family home. Dating from 14th century it is also used in many films and TV productions.
Kedleston Hall: Neo-classical Kedleston Hall boasts the most complete and least altered sequence of Robert Adam interiors in England. It stands in an 800 acre park and was also used in the film The Duchess of Devonshire.
Hathersage House: Hathersage is set in the middle of the Peak District National Park, which is renowned for its scenery. The village has historical associations with Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest is not far away.
Charlotte Bronte visited in 1845 and it became ‘Norton’ in Jane Eyre. Take a walk along Dove Dale or visit the village Eyam, which was badly affected by the plague in 1665.
A local tradition is well-dressing, when local people decorate the wells and springs in the villages as thanks for the abundant supply of clean water.
Hardwick Hall: The saying goes “Hardwick Hall, more glass than wall”. The house was designed by Robert Smythson for Bess of Hardwick, the second most powerful and wealthy woman in Elizabethan England. It contains an outstanding collection of 16th and 17thc tapestries and embroideries.
(Note: As the area is some distance away from London our Derbyshire Historic Houses tour is not offered as a Day Tour from London but from a base in the locality. That stated, it is possible to visit one of the main sites in the Peak District, Chatsworth House, from Central London in a 12 hour day – prices on application.)