Places To Visit

Packhorse Campsite is ideally placed for many attractions in Derbyshire and The Peak District. Derbyshire is rich in stately homes, museums and attractions, suitable for all the family. Here is just a selection:

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House is just 10 miles away and host to exciting events throughout the year. A spectacular house with fantastic views and an extensive country park, this is one not to miss in 2024.

Haddon Hall, also 10 miles, is a prime example of a Tudor Manor House. Overlooking the River Wye, this medieval home, with its many beautiful tapestries and gardens, has a unique atmosphere which allows you to experience life in that era.

Crich Tramway Museum is easily a full day of entertainment for all the family. Step back in time, relive your youth or indulge in your hobbies with unlimited trams rides, varied exhibitions and themed days throughout the year. See their website for events in 2024.

Gullivers Kingdom in Matlock Bath, just 5 miles away, is a fantastic theme park. Aimed at children aged 3-13, all the rides are suitable for young families and has a variety of rides and attractions.

Speedwell & Peak Cavern in Castleton is an underground journey by boat, while Peak Cavern is the largest natural cave entrance in the British Isles. Also in Castleton, Treak Cliff Cavern, originally a Blue John mine 300 years ago, continues to mine and manufacture ornaments and jewellery. These mines are well worth a visit.


Matlock Park Farm is a fun day out for younger families, with plenty of farm animals to pet, feed and cuddle, as well as wallabies, emus, rhea birds and meerkats. There are also go-karts, indoor and outdoor play areas for all weather fun.

Peak Rail Heritage Railway is interesting for young and old alike. With both steam and diesel locomotives running throughout the day, this 4 mile railway runs from Matlock to Rowsley on select days throughout 2024, check their website for details.

The Gate Inn at Tansley is open everyday from 12.00pm to 9.00pm serving meals, drinks and snacks.  It is only a 20 minute walk or 4 mins in the car (3/4 mile) approx.  There is plenty of seating inside and outside and has a boules and play area.