Chesterfield’s assortment of markets, manors, art galleries and gardens gives the idyllic English town an air of distinction. In addition to its historic charm, Chesterfield has a relaxed riverside vibe and a lively calendar of events.
Things to do in Chesterfield
Visit St Mary and All Saints to discover how the “Crooked Spire Church” got its nickname. Built in the late-13th century, Derbyshire’s largest church features a prominent spire that leans three metres from its centre. Enjoy sweeping views of the English countryside from atop the tower.
Hunt for bargains at one of Chesterfield’s many open-air markets. The General Market sells everything from bed frames to butternut squash, while the Artisan Market is a great place to find local delicacies and rare spices. Browse hundreds of antique stalls at the Flea Market and you might walk away with a gem.
Enjoy the fairy-tale atmosphere at Bolsover Castle, a remarkable manor constructed during the Golden Age of Chivalry. Explore the castle’s rich past as you admire elegant furnishings, painted ceilings and romantic gardens. Don’t miss a walk around the castle’s recently restored walls, which have fantastic views of the Vale of Scarsdale.
Take a walk through the magnificent Renishaw Hall and Gardens. Home to the Sitwell family for over 400 years, the gardens are divided into separate stylized rooms, which feature classical statues. Kids will enjoy the Fairytale Garden, while adults can relax with a glass of awarding-winning sparkling wine at the Renishaw Hall Vineyard.
Getting around Chesterfield
Chesterfield is two hours from London by train and an hour by train from Manchester. East Midlands Airport is a 40-minute drive from Chesterfield. The city is pleasant to explore on foot, although local buses and taxis are available.