The Peak District National Park has some of the most stunning landscape you’ll find in all of England. With quaint little villages, grand stately homes and a rocky landscape that needs to be seen to be believed, we can highly recommend you taking a trip to the Peak District when you’re in England. There’s plenty to see and do here and some great large group accommodation options. Here’s our short guide to why we think you should visit.
How to get there
The Peak District is probably one of the most accessible national parks in England thanks to its location near some of the UK’s biggest cities. You’ll find Manchester to the west with Sheffield to the East. Its also a reasonable distance from Birmingham, and not too far from Leeds too, so plenty of options if you’re flying in to England or driving from other parts of the country.
Where to go
Hiring a car is a must here as its entirely drivable area where you’ll be able to explore countless pretty villages and some stately estates too. Chatsworth House should definitely be visited with its beautiful grounds and winding entrance road. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, this beautiful house can be explored inside and out, you may even recognise it from the 2005 movie Pride & Prejudice where much of it was filmed.
Where to stay
There’s some truly wonderful accommodation options in this part of the world. Plenty of cosy cottages, gorgeous hotels, quaint B&Bs and even party houses for larger groups. I’d recommend thinking about what you plan to do with your time while you’re in the Peak District. If you’re in to activities then find accommodation near to them so you can spend most of your time and energy on the things you love. If you’re looking for cosy English pubs then try a village or town with central hotel options. If you’re looking for epic views there’s plenty of those too but the hotels tend to be more remote, maybe thats exactly what you’re looking for! Whatever your style pick your daily itinerary first then find the perfect accommodation to match.
When to go
Even though this is an area of outstanding natural beauty just aching to be explored there is actually no preferred time of year to visit. The national park only gets more beautiful as summer transitions in to autumn and winter. Tourist numbers are lower during this time but there’s never large crowds to fight here. I can highly recommend visiting around late September or October when the trees are at their most colourful, chilly enough to light a fire in your cosy accommodation and with lower tourist numbers at museums and stately homes.
The Peak District is well worth exploring whatever your age or physical ability. With fantastic walks to be had, epic drives to numerous beautiful estates and villages, its a gem that you can visit all year round.