Best Things To Do & Days Out In Derbyshire

Here at Where To Go With Kids we've found 445 fun things to do in Derbyshire for you and the family to discover. Finding the right Derbyshire day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in Derbyshire with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

Things to do in Derbyshire

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Gulliver’s Kingdom Matlock Bath

Gulliver's Kingdom, Temple Walk, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, DE4 3PG

Things to do at Gulliver's Kingdom Matlock Bath review Gulliver's Kingdom in Matlock Bath is set into a hillside so it's pretty steep getting up and down. Plan your day so you start at the top and work your way down. There are plenty of rides at this...
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Peak District Lead Mining Museum

Peak District Lead Mining Museum, 196 S Parade, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3NR

Things to do at Peak District Lead Mining Museum review The Peak District Lead Mining Museum is in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire. It is a mockup of a 1920s lead and fluorspar mine which is great for kids to safely explore and experiences how the miners worked in dangerous conditions....
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Heights of Abraham

Heights of Abraham, Dale Rd, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, DE4 3NT

Things to do at Heights of Abraham review The Heights of Abraham in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire are somewhere I have fond memories of visiting as a child. To me, it was so magical to step onboard their cable car and go high up the hill to what felt...
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Cromford Mills

Cromford Mills, Mill Rd, Cromford, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3RQ

Things to do at Cromford Mills review Cromford Mills in Cromford, near Matlock. Derbyshire is the home of Sir Richard Arkwright's first mill complex. It was the birthplace of the modern factory system and is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can go on a guided tour of...
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Peak Rail

Peak Rail, Matlock Station Yard, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3NA

Things to do at Peak Rail review Peak Rail is a heritage steam and diesel service for tourists and visitors to the Peak District and the Derbyshire Dales in Matlock, Derbyshire. The track length is around 6 kilometres with three stations. The railway provides a nostalgic journey back to a...
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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Unit 1, Wirksworth Station, Coldwell St, Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4FB

Things to do at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway review Ecclesbourne Valley Railway is in Wirksworth, Derbyshire. The railway station dates back to 1867 and today it is used for historic steam train rides plus a museum. The line itself is 9 miles long and the service operates between Wirksworth and...
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Carsington Water

Carsington Water, Sheepwash Car Park, Carsington, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4DD

Things to do at Carsington Water review Carsington Water is a large reservoir operated by Severn Trent Water located between Wirksworth and Kniveton in Derbyshire. As well as watersports there is a play area, walks around the lake, fishing and a visitor centre. There is a 3-mile cycle route which...
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Matlock Farm Park

Matlock Farm Park, Jaggers Ln, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5LH

Things to do at Matlock Farm Park review Just outside the Peak District, Matlock Farm Park is a fantastic day out for little ones, and one of the top things to do in Matlock. Despite being located in livestock farming country, Matlock Farm Park is the only place in...
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Crich Tramway Village

Crich Tramway Village, Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5DP

Things to do at Crich Tramway Village review There is plenty to do on a day out at Crich Tramway village located in Crich near Matlock bath. There are at least 60 trams that you can look at plus 3 different trams ride up and down the lines...
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Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP

Things to do at Chatsworth House review Chatsworth House is one of the UK's grandest estates in the UK and the jewel of the Peak District. Set in expansive parkland where wild deer roam and backed by wooded hills, it's been chosen as Britain's favourite country house several...
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Thornbridge Hall

Thornbridge Hall, Baslow Road, Ashford in the water, Derbyshire, DE45 1NZ

Thornbridge HallNear Great Longstone, Derbyshire Things to do at Thornbridge Hall review Located near Bakewell in the Derbyshire Dales, Thornbridge Hall is a grade two listed stately home nestled in 12 acres of wonderfully quirky gardens with stunning views of the surrounding Peak District countryside. Thornbridge’s gardens were designed at the...
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Midland Railway Butterly

Midland Railway Butterley, Butterley Station, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3QZ

Things to do at Midland Railway Butterly review The Midland Railway Butterley is a heritage railway in Butterly near Ripley in Derbyshire. The railway runs many special events such as Day out with Thomas, annual 1960's event, Santa Specials and trains to the seaside at Swanwick (late July to...
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Kedleston Hall

Kedleston Hall, Derby, Derbyshire, DE22 5JH

Things to do at Kedleston Hall review Kedleston Hall is a National Trust property near Kedleston in Derbyshire. The hall is home to the Curzon family whose family line traces back to 1066. The house was built between 1759 and 1765. You can look around the house and see its...
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Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5QJ

Things to do at Hardwick Hall review Hardwick Hall is a National Trust property in the Cheshterfield area of Derbyshire. It is a significant Elizabethan country house and there is plenty there for families to enjoy a day out. The house was home to "Bess of Hardwick" who first...
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Markeaton Park

Markeaton Park, Markeaton Ln, Derby, Derbyshire, DE22 4AA

Things to do at Markeaton Park review Markeaton Park on the outskirts of Derby is Derbyshire's biggest park. I have so many fond memories of visiting this park as a child. There was lots to do even back then and there is even more now today, even the massive...
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