This is an area of great natural beauty with rugged, peat-covered moorlands and magnificent limestone dales, with picturesque towns and villages, historic churches and some grand houses. It is the location of…More
This is an area of great natural beauty with rugged, peat-covered moorlands and magnificent limestone dales, with picturesque towns and villages, historic churches and some grand houses.
It is the location of Britain’s first National Park. The Peak District is located in the central northern part of England, covering parts of the counties of Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Cheshire and South Yorkshire.Less
Holyhead & Derby
We sail from Dublin to Holyhead and then head into England’s East Midlands to Buxton in the heart of the Peak District, where we settle into our hotel and take full advantage of its facilities. Derby is located on the banks of the River Derwent and is regarded as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, being home to Lombe’s Mill, the first factory in the world.
After breakfast, we will take a trip back in time to the classic days of train travel courtesy of the Churnet Valley Railway. This rural line passes through countryside so beautiful that it is known as Staffordshire’s “Little Switzerland”. In the afternoon, we explore the Peak District, stopping along the way at Buxton, England’s leading spa town.
This morning we travel to Chatsworth House, the most famous stately home in the Derbyshire Dales. Explore over 30 rooms containing one of Europe’s most significant art collections, then wander around the 105-acre garden, with its waterworks and maze. On our way back, we stop in Bakewell, a picturesque market town in the heart of the Peak District National Park.
For a change of scenery, we travel to Nottingham, famous for its castle and the Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest legend. The city is a lively mix of medieval and modern, and after taking in the landmarks, we will set aside some time for last-minute shopping. Fashion star Paul Smith is a local lad, so look out for his designs.
After a tour filled with experiences to cherish, we travel back to Holyhead to catch the ferry to Dublin. Naturally, there will be stops along the way.