As well as the huge wealth of beautiful outdoor attractions in and around Wirksworth, there are lots of other places to visit and enjoy. You will need a car to visit the majority of these, but cycling is also possible. Due to the out-of-the-way nature of some of these attractions, it may not be possible to reach your preferred destination by public transport.
Free – Outdoors
Arbor Low – (13.2 miles from Wirksworth) The most important prehistoric site of the East Midlands, Arbor Low is a Neolithic henge monument atmospherically set amid high moorland. Within an earthen bank and ditch, a circle of some 50 white limestone slabs, all now fallen, surrounds a central stone ‘cove’ – a feature found only in major sacred sites. Nearby is enigmatic Gib Hill, a large burial mound. More details from English Heritage’s website entry on Arbor Low here.
Dovedale (15 miles from Wirksworth) Dovedale is a valley in the Peak District of England. The land is owned by the National Trust, and annually attracts a million visitors. More detail here.
We also have the delightful towns of Matlock Bath, Matlock, Ashbourne, Buxton, Bakewell, Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield in very close proximity, with other picturesque villages and unspoilt countryside within a stone’s throw (walking or short cycle distance).
Close, but with a small, (or slightly larger!) cost – have the advantage of indoor spaces:
Chatsworth – the well-known house and gardens continue to attract thousands of visitors per year. Visit the beautiful parkland, house or gardens, for a truly unforgettable day out. Website here.
Gulliver’s Kingdom – Finding great days out for toddlers and older children alike can be a tricky task – but Gulliver’s Kingdom is unique in that is specially designed for families with children aged between the years of 2 and 13. The wide range of rides and attractions – from the Western World and pirates play area, to the log flume and Drop Tower – makes Gulliver’s Kingdom one of the best theme parks in the UK for children. Website here.
Alton Towers – (19.7 miles from Wirksworth) Alton Towers Resort, commonly referred to as Alton Towers, is a theme park, water park, and hotel complex in Staffordshire, England. Website here.
Haddon Hall – (8.2 miles from Wirksworth) Haddon Hall is probably the finest example of a fortified medieval manor house in existence. Present-day Haddon Hall dates from the 12th Century to the early 17th Century, whereupon it lay dormant for over two hundred years from 1700 until the 1920s, when the 9th Duke and Duchess of Rutland restored the house and gardens, and once again made it habitable. The house and grounds have played host to no less than three versions of “Jane Eyre”. Screen credits also include “Elizabeth”, “Pride & Prejudice”, “The Other Boleyn Girl” and “The Princess Bride”, the cult classic movie in which Haddon Hall becomes Prince Humperdinck’s Castle and village. Website here.