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.
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.
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.
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)