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Derbyshire

Derbyshire is a county rich in history, heritage and some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery. Not only does it include the Peak District National Park, but is also part of the National Forest, with stunning vistas and wonderful opportunities for hiking and biking. Derbyshire has got some truely outstanding eateries, no matter whether you're looking for fine dining or just a quiet pub meal with friends.

As a county in the East Midlands, Derbyshire shares its borders with Greater Manchester to the northwest, West Yorkshire to the north and South Yorkshire to the northeast. Nottingham is on the border to the east, Leicestershire to the southeast, Staffordshire to the southwest and affluent Cheshire to the west. Visitor hotspots include Derby and beautiful Bakewell.

Derbyshire is packed to the rafters with excellent options for family days out, or for discovering more about British history. Amongst others, visit the stunning Bolsover Castle or Castleton. History fans will delight at Chatsworth House, the former home of the ever-impressive Bess of Hardwick, who became one of the most powerful women in Tudor history, and, after Queen Elizabeth the 1st, the wealthiest.

You can also visit Hardwick Hall, Kedlestone Hall, Sudbury Hall on the Staffordshire border and the National Trust’s Calke Abbey.

Derbyshire crops up frequently in classic literature and film. In Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice, Pemberley, Fitzwilliam Darcy’s home, is in Derbyshire. In the film version, Chatsworth is used for the location, as well as being mentioned in the novel - Derbyshire is therefore a great spot for fans of Austen, who will love taking afternoon tea at Chatsworth.

Parts of the beloved 1987 film The Princess Bride were also filmed in Derbyshire, at locations including scenes at Haddon Hall.  

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