"Matlock Bath ~ Pride & Prejudice country!" Top 5 Page for this destination Matlock by Jenniflower

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Well, what can I say about this breath of fresh air? Derbyshire has to be the prettiest English county we have seen thus far... we have seen quite a few, and have many more to go, and this claims top spot!

Matlock Bath is quaint and picturesque. It lies in a gorge, running alongside the river. There are all kinds of shops and tea rooms and pubs... some are a tad commercialised (but in a small way), and others are old fashioned. All in all, we had a variety of things to do here, like going up Abraham Heights (cable car), going down a lead mine (with EIGHTY TWO bally steps to get out! *huff and a puff*), going for lovely walks, taking plenty of pics. Seeing grand homes like Chatsworth House and once-grand Haddon Hall.

An ideal getaway.

Chatsworth House is where the Matthew MacFadden and Keira Knightly version of Pride and Prejudice was filmed. It was Darcy's 'Pemberly'. it stands on huge grounds (over 35,000 acres of it.. which encompasses a few villages!) and is itself very grand, yet homely and warm inside. We have seen many castles, 'houses', mansions and palaces since we have lived in the UK, and this is for us, the best.

This photo is of the Painted Hall, rather grand is it not? Feels even better when you are standing their yourself ;)

Here you are in the country, with village charm. On the Chatsworth Estate there is a lovely Farmyard where they have a variety of farm animals for the kids (and us!). We were there in lambing season, and it was such a joy watching these gorgeous little balls of fluff dancing over the shire.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Character, history, grandeur and humility...
  • Cons:A little far for London for a weekend away
  • In a nutshell:More than I had anticipated. I want to go back!!!
  • Last visit to Matlock: Apr 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Gillybob's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2012 at 5:06 AM

    Great page. Had a lovely day out here last weekend - managing to avoid getting wet in Matlock! Sounds like you had a good visit. Gillybob greetings

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    What a lovely page. So much to see and do, and nice to be able to take photo's inside a historic house. No wonder Chatsworth is your favorite!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    This really is a lovely setting alongside the water edge, and so much culture. Great presentation

  • davesut's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    This is a great page, I remember walking on the high street and it reminded me of seaside prom with the arcades and chippys, don't remember that in Jane Austen. Hope you had a good BDay, David

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    Lovely place! Nice pics!

  • jo104's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2009 at 5:47 AM

    I can't believe this is the first time I'm visiting this page what a stunner - well done!

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2009 at 1:48 AM

    That sculpture is just fantastic. Waiting for info ;-)

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jun 24, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    Wonderful photographs and tips. Sorry, my internet died, so I tried to come back to your lovely page!

  • hopang's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2009 at 2:45 AM

    Very interesting tourist destination for nature lovers! The Countryside Center, the Cavern, Jubilee Bridge and Height of Abraham certainly look amazing! ~ho & pang

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Apr 9, 2009 at 1:26 AM

    Yikes, the lead mine is not for claustrophobics --- but I would enjoy that cable car ride! I'd love to see Chatsworth where Pride and Prejudice was set...Norman :)


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