A Day in the Peak District: For Families

The Peak District has so many wonderful places to visit that you will be completely spoilt for choice, especially if you only have a day to experience our amazing National Park.

Here at Let’s Go Peak District we want you to get as much as possible out of your visit, however fleeting. So we’ve compiled a list of some of the very best ways to spend a day here with your family.

We hope you enjoy your stay and come back again (for longer!) very soon.

Around Bakewell

The Hope Valley


The Northern Peak District

For our first options, we’ve chosen the area around Matlock and Matlock Bath.  This is a great base for families, and there’s loads here to keep kids of all ages happy.

The towns themselves are well worth exploring: Matlock has a lovely park and great shopping; Matlock Bath is rather like a seaside town in the middle of the country!  It has amusement arcades, fish and chip shops, even an Aquarium, all in a beautiful riverside setting.

There is no shortage of places to visit in this area.  We suggest:

Option One

The Heights of Abraham


The Heights of Abraham, located just outside Matlock, is one of the most popular attractions in the Peak District.  An exhilarating cable car ride rises 339 metres to take visitors to the summit of Masson Hill, where there is plenty to keep everyone occupied, including impressive show caves, a geology and paleontology museum, a restaurant, an adventure playground, shops, and beautiful woodland walks.

Allow at least half a day to look around here properly.


Crich Tramway Village

Crich Tramway Village

Just a short drive outside Matlock Bath is Crich Tramway Village.  This is a fabulous place to spend a day, with plenty to keep the whole family happy.  It is home to the National Tramway Museum, housing more than 60 vintage trams, and there is also a beautifully-recreated period village on the site, complete with a pub, café, picnic area, children’s playgrounds and olde-worlde shops.  A number of the historic trams run through the village and visitors on rides into the surrounding countryside, with stunning views of the surrounding Derwent Valley.