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When staying at Priest House Hotel, you will surely want to take advantage of visiting some of the wonderful heritage and cultural sites in Derbyshire?

 

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Calke Abbey Country House

 

National Nature Reserve open all year round, from 7.30am - 7.30pm,

Country House open from February - November

With peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a grand country-house estate. The house and stables are little restored, with many abandoned areas vividly portraying a period in the 20th century when numerous country houses did not survive to tell their story. Discover the tales of an eccentric family who amassed a vast collection of hidden treasures. Visit the beautiful, yet faded, walled gardens and explore the orangery, auricula theatre and kitchen gardens. Escape into the ancient and fragile habitats of Calke Park and its National Nature.

Don't miss

  • Discover Calke Abbey – the 'unstately home'.
  • Follow the twists and turns of the Brewhouse Tunnel.
  • Stroll in the beautiful walled garden and see the orangery.

 

Making the most of your day


Enjoy the West Wing conservation tour. Discover our family events programme, available throughout the year. Tracker Packs, Discovery Trails and family activities in Squirt's Stable, weekends March to October. Dogs: welcome on leads in the park and stables only.

 
 
 
 

Donington Grand Prix Exhibition

 

Open all year round, from 10am - 5pm.

The Donington Grand Prix Collection is, quite simply, the largest collection of Grand Prix racing cars in the world. Five halls, with over 130 exhibits, illustrate the history of motor sport from the turn of the 20th Century. Cars include examples driven by such famous names as Nuvolari, Mansell, Prost, Moss, Senna, Fangio, Clark and Stewart.

The Donington Grand Prix Collection houses the largest collection of McLaren racing cars in the world, and the only complete collection of Vanwalls. Notable exhibits include the 1936 twin engined 500 bhp Alfa Romeo Bimotore which has a top speed of 200mph, Jim Clark's World Championship winning Lotus 25, the 'howling' flat 12 Ferrari 312B, and Stirling Moss's Lotus, in which he defeated the might of the Ferrari works team in the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix. The Collection also features the World's largest collection of Driver's Helmets.

 

Sudbury Hall & National Trust Museum of Childhood

 

Open February - October                

Museum tea-room and shops 11.00am - 5.00pm.       

Hall 1.00pm - 5.00pm                 

Two totally different experiences sitting side by side. The country home of the Lords Vernon, a delight of 17th-century craftsmanship, featuring exquisite plasterwork, wood carvings and classical story-based murals. Be amazed by the grandeur of the Great Staircase and Long Gallery. The Museum of Childhood is a delight for all ages with something for everyone. Explore the childhoods of times gone by, make stories, play with toys and share your childhood with others. You can be a chimney sweep, a scullion or a Victorian pupil, and be captivated by our archive film, interactives and displays.

Don't miss
 
  • Come and enjoy a morning tour of the Hall.
  • Our coffee, cakes and cream teas are very popular.
  • Meet and talk with our knowledgeable room guides

Making the most of your day

Family activities in the school holidays. Take a morning tour of the Hall. Explore our 'Have a go' area in the museum and woodland play area outdoors. Attend an event. Dogs: assistance dogs only

 

Kedleston Hall

 

House open February - November, from 12noon - 5pm. Park open all year round, from 10am - 4pm.

Take a trip back in time to the 1760s at this spectacular Neo-classical mansion framed by historic parkland. Designed for lavish entertaining and displaying an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and original furnishings, Kedleston is a stunning example of the work of architect Robert Adam.

The Curzon family have lived here since the 12th century and continue to live at the Hall. Lord Curzon's Eastern Museum is a treasure trove of fascinating objects acquired on his travels in Asia and while Viceroy of India (1899 to 1905). Used as a key location for 'The Duchess', the recent Hollywood blockbuster.

 

 

Chatsworth House

  House Open

Chatsworth House is a stately home in North Derbyshire, England, 3.5 miles northeast of Bakewell and 9 miles west of Chesterfield. It is the seat of the Duke of Devonshire, and has been home to his family, the Cavendish family, since Bess of Hardwick settled at Chatsworth in 1549 
 
Standing on the east bank of the River Derwent, Chatsworth looks across to the low hills that divide the Derwent and Wye valleys. The house is set in expansive parkland, and backed by wooded, rocky hills rising to heather moorland and contains a unique collection of priceless paintings, furniture, Old Master drawings, neoclassical sculptures, books and other artefacts. Chatsworth has been selected as the United Kingdom's favourite country house several times
 
  
 

Eyam Hall

 

House open

The house is a remarkably unspoilt example of a Jacobean manor house. It opened to the public in 1992 but still retains the intimate atmosphere of a much loved family home. Under the watchful gaze of the Wright ancestors' portraits you will visit the beautiful, stone-flagged hall, unique tapestry room, the bedroom with its magnificent tester bed and the nursery with toys from 1860 to the present day. Other rooms reveal costumes belonging to the Wright family, precious artifacts and fascinating family momentos. The observant visitor may even see our resident ghost, Sarah Mills, who drowned in Wright's well and still answers the night bell!

The delightful garden, adjacent to the house, still retains its 17th century layout, with a knot garden, bowling green, potager and rose walk.

The farm buildings have been converted into a working Craft Centre with a shop and a licensed restaurant. This is open through out the year.

 

 

Haddon Hall

 

Open Daily April - September

 

Haddon Hall is a fortified medieval manor house dating from the 12th Century, and is the home of Lord and Lady Edward Manners whose family have owned it since 1567.

Haddon Hall is probably the finest example of a fortified medieval manor house in existence. Present-day Haddon Hall dates from the 12th Century to the early 17th Century, whereupon it lay dormant for over two hundred years from 1700 until the 1920s, when the 9th Duke and Duchess of Rutland restored the house and gardens, and once again made it habitable.

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Hardwick Hall

 

Open February - November                   

Park, garden, shop and restaurant 11.00am - 5.00pm.       

Hall 12.00pm - 4.30pm

One of the most splendid houses in England. Built by Bess of Hardwick in the 1590s, and unaltered since: yet its huge windows and high ceilings make it feel strikingly modern. Outside, stone gleams and glass glitters in the light. Its six towers make a dramatic skyline. Climbing up through the house, from one spectacular floor to the next, is a thrilling architectural experience. Rich tapestries, plaster friezes and alabaster fireplaces colour the rooms, culminating in the hauntingly atmospheric Long Gallery.

Note: Old Hall is owned by the National Trust and administered by English Heritage

Don't miss

  • New: fascinating exhibition of Bess's letters.
  • Visit our new Discovery Room to investigate the deterioration agents.
  • Relax in the fragrant herb garden, orchards and lawns.

Making the most of your day
Hall tour available Wednesday to Sunday at 11 (£3 donation). Family activities and events, Elizabethan costume days, circular walks. Dogs: on leads and in the park and car park only

 

 

Bolsover Castle

 

Castle open April - September

There’s a fairytale quality to Bolsover Castle that makes it a firm favourite with anyone looking for a great value day out in the East Midlands. Highlights include the sumptuously painted walls and ceilings of the Little Castle, intricately carved fireplaces and the magnificent indoor Riding School.  
There is plenty to do for all the family in the Discovery Centre with its fascinating audio-visual displays, and extensive grounds to explore with lots of green space for a family picnic. And with panoramic views over the Vale of Scarsdale, Bolsover has everything you need for a fun day out in Derbyshire.

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