things to do in the Peak District

activities in the Peak District

Discover endless wanderings, cycle paths, family fun things to do, and a range of amazing outdoor activities in the Peak District, all waiting for you.

Located in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District, you can take in the spectacular natural beauty around you of the rolling green hills, the limestone quarry, endless wildlife, and outstanding views of the countryside. There are endless walks, cycling paths, and places to discover on your break away to Rivendale. We’ve found some of our favourite places to visit, from thrill-seeking theme parks to wildlife experiences, there is something for all ages in the Peak District. 

Whether you’re getting away on a family get-together, looking for a relaxing country escape or searching for your next adventure, the Peak District has activities for everyone! Get lost in nature on Alpaca walks, discover stunning stately homes and explore the breath-taking surroundings of the natural park.

You’ll find your perfect activity in the Peak District that will keep you coming back, time and again.

some of our favourite places to visit and things to do in the Peak District

Alton Towers

The world-famous Alton Towers has been open for 40 years (we can’t believe it either!) and it is still a hugely popular theme park to this day. Ride the most thrilling rides, spend the day giggling with friends, get your heart rate pumping and your adrenaline flowing with the endless roller coasters just waiting for you to strap in! Are you brave enough to try the Alton Towers Dungeons? Those in the market for a fright will learn more about the mysterious masked man, on their trip through the eerie experience. In much less scary adventures the little ones can flock to CBeebies Land, where their favourite TV friends are on-hand to say hello and jump on a ride!

Gulliver’s Kingdom

Book your tickets to have the best family day out ever! Gulliver’s Kingdom offers fantastic rollercoaster rides for all thrill-seekers out there, including the Crows Nest Quest and the fabulous log flume which also gives you views of the Derwent Valley 300ft in the air (if you can manage to look around!). 

There are plenty of play areas and fun family-friendly activities to do in the Peak District at Gulliver’s Kingdom. Head to Western World for a fantastic Saloon day out, with the magical Animal Barn and Mineral Wash activities for the little ones to love!

There’s something for every age at Gulliver’s Kingdom!

Brackenfield Alpaca Walks

Explore the stunning scenery of the Peak District with one of the most exciting things to do in the area when you meet these friendly Alpacas! Brackenfield Alpaca’s are home to a prize-winning herd of heart-breakingly beautiful Alpaca’s.

Enjoy a 90-minute trek around the farm, feed, and meet the friendly Alpaca herd at Brackenfield. There are two walks a day and this is a family-friendly activity, so all ages can enjoy this wonderful experience.

Peak and Speedwell Cavern

Journey underground, with a friendly and professional guide, where you’ll explore the stunning limestone caverns! Marvel at the crystal stalactites which have been formed over millions of years, and learn more about the history of the caverns and this region on your underground tour of the Peak and Speedwell Cavern.

Explore the old lead mine of Speedwell Cavern and enjoy an incredible boat journey through the dark cavern, while learning all about the tunels and underground travel through the National Park.

The Peak Cavern is also home to events, including carol singing during the festive months and music concerts throughout the year. With the atmosphere so electric this is definitely a place not to miss!

Acclimbatize

If your looking for your next adventure and endless activities in the Peak District, Acclimbatize has you covered!

They are a talented group of people who can help you discover the Peak District in a whole new way! Using the stunning surroundings of the natural environment, you can find the perfect adventure activity for you.

Explore the waters with canoeing, kayaking, or raft building, or really test your skills with an underground exploration day including caving potholing and mine exploration! Or opt for a Gorge scrambling and orienteering day – there really are endless activities in the Peak District to discover with this fantastic team.

Chatsworth House

Explore this stunning stately manor, the breath-taking gardens, and magical woodlands when you visit Chatsworth House. Book your tickets online and start planning where you’ll explore first.

With a 105-acre garden waiting to be discovered you’ll love spending the day here. The garden has nearly 500 years of development, so there is something new around every corner. Search out the hidden gardens, mazes, rock gardens and fountains to find your favourite spot in this stunning garden.

Chatsworth House holds annual events for all ages to enjoy, including the very popular Chatsworth Country Fair, with dare-devil shows and fairground rides for the little ones to delight in!

A must-see for anyone in the local area, Chatsworth House will be right up there on your list of things to do in the Peak District!

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