Bordering the Peak District National Park, Matlock is a historic country town known for its scenic walking paths. It’s home to charming 19th-century architecture and a fascinating mining museum, as well as motorcycle touring routes.
Things to do in Matlock
Admire the Heritage-listed buildings as you wander along historic Bank Road, which leads from the Derwent Bridge through the heart of Matlock. Look out for the 19th-century Crown Buildings and charming Old Methodist Church, as well as the former spa complex of Smedley's Hydro that now serves as the County Hall.
Stroll along the riverside walk that leads into the Derwent Gorge and along the cliff tops above High Tor, which is a rocky crag that rises between Matlock and Matlock Bath. Soak up the Victorian-era charm of Matlock Bath or explore the Lovers’ Walk that winds through the surrounding woods.
Matlock is a popular destination for motorcycle touring clubs, with regular meetups showcasing a diverse range of both vintage and modern bikes. The tradition dates back to Victorian times when touring clubs from the industrial cities of Sheffield and Nottingham embarked on weekend rides into the countryside.
Delve into the local industrial history at the Peak District Mining Museum to experience the living and working conditions of lead miners in Derbyshire. Join a guided tour of a 1920s underground mine and try your hand at panning for minerals, then discover the important role children played in the industry.
Getting around Matlock
Matlock is around 1.5 hours’ drive from Manchester Airport and is a one-hour train ride from Sheffield. Buses travel throughout Matlock and connect it with surrounding towns and villages.