Lose yourself in the natural beauty of the Peak District, or discover Britan's smallest county Rutland. Visit the magnificent Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, or Robert Adams' neo-classical Kedleston Hall - both used in the the filimng of The Duchess. Gird your loins for a visit to the D. H. Lawrence museum at Eastwood. Follow in Robin Hood's footprints through Sherwood Forest. See Bosworth Field, the battleground on which Richard III lost his crown.
Chatsworth is known as ‘The Palace of the Peaks’ and is one of the country’s greatest Treasure Houses. The contents have been collected by the Dukes of Devonshire over five centuries. It may look familiar, as it was used in the film The Duchess.
Just down the road is the smaller Haddon Hall, still a family home and dating from 14thc, it is also used in many films and TV productions.
Neo-classical Kedleston Hall boasts the most complete and least altered sequence of Robert Adam interiors in England. It stands in an 800 acre park and was also used in the film The Duchess.
Hathersage is set in the middle of the Peak District National Park, which is renowned for its scenery. The village has historical associations with Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest is not far away. Charlotte Bronte visited in 1845 and it became ‘Norton’ in Jane Eyre. Take a walk along Dove Dale or visit the village Eyam, which was badly affected by the plague in 1665. A local tradition is well-dressing, when local people decorate the wells and springs in the villages as thanks for the abundant supply of clean water.
The saying goes “Hardwick Hall, more glass than wall”. The house was designed by Robert Smythson for Bess of Hardwick, the second most powerful and wealthy woman in Elizabethan England. It contains an outstanding collection of 16th and 17thc tapestries and embroideries