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Matlock was only a small hamlet until the 1800's when mills at Cromford were built by Richard Arkwight. But it really expanded when "hydrotherapy" treatments where introduced to the Victorians by John Smedley. Smedley even built his own castle, which is now in ruins.

With the arrival of the railway and the Matlock Cable Tramway the town prospered for 100 years.

Today Matlock is a busy town and tourist centre on the edge of the Peak District and close to Matlock Bath, a mile down the A6.

High Tor towers over these towns and there are plenty of paths to wander high ove rthe River Derwent, or try a gentle stroll around the Victorian Hall Leys Park, down by the river.

There are good views from St Giles church, above the town, with its stained glass windows.

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Tourist Attractions in and near Matlock to Visit



Heights of Abraham Enjoy a trip in a cable car.

Gulliver's Kingdom 1.5 miles A family theme park.



Lea Gardens Rare collections of rhododendrons, azaleas, and rock plants. Shop, tea room.



Peak District Mining Museum 1.4 miles The history of lead mining in the Peak District

Wirksworth Heritage Centre 3.9 miles The history of Wirksworth.

Crich Tramway Village Home of the National Tramway Museum



Matlock Bath Aquarium & Hologram Gallery 1.2 miles Come and feed the fish.


Out & About

Cromford Mill 2.0 miles The world's first water powered cotton mill.

National Stone Centre 3.2 miles Find out about rocks and minerals.

Middleton Top Engine House 3.5 miles See a steam winding engine.

Birchover 3.7 miles A starting point for a walk on Stanton Moor.



Peak Rail Take a trip on a steam train.

Days Out around Matlock.

After wandering around Matlock take a trip to Bakewell, but Matlock Bath, just down the road, and its attractions are a must !

Towns Near Matlock To Visit - straight line distance:

Matlock Bath (1.28 miles) Wirksworth (4.27 miles) Bakewell (7.24 miles) Chesterfield (8.58 miles)

Matlock Tourist Information Centre

  • Peak Rail Shop
    Matlock Station
    DE4 3NA
    Tel: 01335 343666
Alison House Hotel
Intake Lane Matlock DE4 3RH

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Duke Of Wellington - Residential Country Inn
115 Wellington Street Matlock DE4 3GX

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Grouse & Claret by Marstons Inns
Station Road Matlock DE4 2EB

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Guest Houses, Bed and Breakfasts, Inns and other Hotels
Station Road, Darley Dale Matlock DE4 2EQ

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Willersley Castle Hotel
Mill Lane, Cromford Matlock DE4 5JH

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Castle Green B&B
Chalet Bungalow, Butts Drive Matlock DE4 3DJ

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Holiday Cottages
Cuckoo Stone Cottage
Matlock DE4 5LD
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Barn Croft Cottage
Elton near Matlock DE4 2BY
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Wildflower Cottage
Winster near Matlock DE4 2DN
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Matlock Weather
Monday 27th April
Day :Partly cloudy skies10°C Partly cloudy skies
Night :Clear skies1°C Clear skies
Tuesday 28th April
Day :Light rain shower10°C Light rain shower
Night :Thundery outbreaks possible3°C Thundery outbreaks possible
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