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Things to do . . . for Over 5s


Tel: +44 (0)1433 620285

Unravel the mysteries of the Devil's Arse and step into the unique world of Peak Cavern. Unusual rock formations, the eerie sound of running water and echoes of a bygone age await you.

Set in the middle of the picturesque Peak District village of Castleton, the approach to Peak Cavern is awe inspiring.

Deep into the cliffs is the Cavern's imposing entrance chamber, within which you will see the remains of an ancient village where a whole community lived and worked making ropes for the local lead mines for more than 400 years.

Deeper into the Cavern you pass through Lumbago walk and enter the Great Cave, see a perpetual cascade of water at Roger Rains' House, pass through Pluto's Dining Room into the Devil's Cellar and hear the source of the river Styx.

Guided tours, including traditional ropemaking demonstrations, last 1 hour. They are fairly undemanding and are suitable for all ages. Under 4s go free.  Please note there are steps and uneven floors so suitable for all-terrain buggies.  Hot drinks and snacks available.



Gullivers Kingdom
Temple Walk
Matlock Bath

Gully Hotline: +44 (0) 1925 444 888

With over 65 rides, attractions and shows to see each day, and an entry charge of just ₤13.95 Gulliver’s Kingdom guarantees you a great value day out – fun for all the family throughout the year from March – September. Gulliver’s Kingdom is a family-run theme park, for families with children aged between 2 and 13 years of age. We pride ourselves on giving you great value for money, so you won’t see ticket offers on the high-street. What’s more, families are welcome to bring along their own picnics, and parking is completely FREE.



Nr Matlock

Tel: +44 (0) 1773 854 321

Step back in time along our recreated period street where you won't have to wait long for the rumble of a vintage tram.

  • Many of the buildings along the street have been rescued from towns and cities across the UK, such as the Derby Assembly Rooms façade which came to Crich after a tragic fire. The Red Lion Pub and Restaurant came all the way from Stoke and was re-built brick by brick.
  • There are lots of places to visit on the Tramway Street such as Rita’s Tearoom, Barnett’s old fashioned sweetshop, Scothern and Williamson gift shop, the Eagle Press and Fredrick’s Ice Cream Parlour and refreshments.
  • Children can let off steam in the Discovery Depot – a huge indoor play area with a soft ‘tram’ climbing frame and ball pit and separate soft play area suitable for toddlers. Plenty of chairs are available for parents to have a break and lots of room for pushchairs. There is also an outdoor play area for older children.
  • Why not borrow one of our brilliant backpacks to get the most out of your visit They are full of activities to encourage you to explore the Woodland Walk with it’s fascinating Sculpture Trail as well as the Museum’s exhibitions. They are suitable for 3 – 8 year olds and are available from reception.
  • We also hold a variety of fun workshops during the school holidays where children can make a whole host of items to take away with them from their own books and bags to recycled art.

Dogs Welcome

Don't forget that we gladly welcome four legged family members and we have recently been recommended as a dog friendly venue by the Dogs Trust. We are one of the few museums to welcome dogs free of charge and as our car park gets the sun all day we would much rather you brought your dog in with you.



Treak Cliff Cavern Ltd
Hope Valley
S33 8QP

Tel: +44 (0) 1433 621 487

Treak Cliff Hill is the only place in the world where Blue John Stone naturally occurs.

Visit some stunning caves: your guide will explain how miners in the 1750's constructed a tunnel using only hand tools to reach the Blue John Stone deposits inside the hill.
You will see veins of Blue John Stone deposits inside the hill. You will also see veins of Blue John Stone across the cave roof, and "The Pillar" - the largest piece ever found.
Your guide will point out fossils in the limestone rock which formed the hillside above you 330 million years ago. You will also enter the mysterious Witch's Cave where even richer deposits of Blue John Stone are revealed. The guided tour descends even deeper into the hill where you will experience the wonder of underground limestone cave formations. Multi-coloured flowstone adorns the walls of Aladdin's Cave. Stalactites and stalagmites decorate Fairyland and the Dream Cave. The most famous formation is "The Stork" standing on one leg! During your tour the guide will explain where Blue John Stone came from, how rushing water made the caverns and how stalactites are formed.

Dogs are welcome at Treak Cliff Cavern and there is a café and shop selling products made from the famous stone.



You don’t need an introduction to the Alton Towers Resort!  You can drive there in about 40 minutes from Valley View holiday cottage and just over an hour from Riverside House holiday cottage!

The postcode for sat nav is ST10 4DB.

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