Why visit Matlock and the local area?

Matlock is a small town at the gateway to the Peak District National Park and has interesting retro vintage shops to browse, hidden cafes for brunch and a mix of wine and cocktail bars, restaurants and pubs to relax in.

Hall Leys Park is a 5-minute walk away from Thornleigh with its tree lined walks, boating lake, café and children’s water play park. There is plenty to do in the Matlock area. The impressive Chatsworth House and gardens, or smaller Haddon Hall, famed for being a movie location for several films, are a short drive away. Bakewell is close by, a chance for everyone to compare the famous pudding or tart.

Cycle hire is available locally, so you can venture out either on the High Peak Trail or along the Matlock to Rowsley cycle path, alongside the steam railway taking you eventually to Monsal Head with its stunning views and disused railway tunnels to cycle through.

Learn all about the history of Sir Richard Arkwright at the newly renovated Cromford Mill complex followed by a stroll or canal boat ride along Cromford canal. Take a cable car to the Heights of Abraham with stunning views with caves to explore at the top, followed by watching the Harley Davidsons congregate below you in Matlock Bath.

More to do around Matlock

The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway stretches nine miles south from Coldwell St in Wirksworth and runs heritage diesel rail cars and small steam locomotives; a scenic ride that can be enjoyed by all the family.

Close to Matlock, Carsington Water is a popular destination for visitors of all kinds, open all year round, with an excellent visitor centre, as well as walking and cycling routes around the lake plus opportunities for water sports. One of the town’s unique attractions is the National Stone Centre, which offers activities such as gem-panning and fossil-casting. Bakewell, Ashbourne, Dovedale, Matlock Bath, Chatsworth and Haddon hall are all a short drive from Agricola house which is in an ideal location for a relaxing holiday.

Events in and around Matlock

Matlock Bath Illuminations – September and October
Derbyshire Well Dressings – May to September
Boxing Day raft Race
Beer festivals- throughout the year
Y-Not Festival – July
Eroica Britannia – June
Steam railway Events –  August to April
Victorian Christmas Market – first weekend of December

More to do around Matlock

The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway stretches nine miles south from Coldwell St in Wirksworth and runs heritage diesel rail cars and small steam locomotives; a scenic ride that can be enjoyed by all the family.

Close to Matlock, Carsington Water is a popular destination for visitors of all kinds, open all year round, with an excellent visitor centre, as well as walking and cycling routes around the lake plus opportunities for water sports. One of the town’s unique attractions is the National Stone Centre, which offers activities such as gem-panning and fossil-casting. Bakewell, Ashbourne, Dovedale, Matlock Bath, Chatsworth and Haddon hall are all a short drive from Agricola house which is in an ideal location for a relaxing holiday.

Events in and around Matlock

Matlock Bath Illuminations – September and October
Derbyshire Well Dressings – May to September
Boxing Day raft Race
Beer festivals- throughout the year
Y-Not Festival – July
Eroica Britannia – June
Steam railway Events –  August to April
Victorian Christmas Market – first weekend of December

A brief history of Matlock

The name Matlock derives from the Old English mæthel (or mæðel), meaning assembly or speech, It is a former spa town that lies on the River Derwent, and has prospered from both the hydrotherapy industry and the cloth mills constructed on the river and its tributary Bentley Brook.

It was in the 1840’s that Matlock began its spectacular growth as a Spa Town. it was Smedley whose conviction and enterprise established hydrotherapy firmly in Matlock, and for a century made it one of the most celebrated centres of the “water cure”. At one stage there were around twenty hydros, mostly on Matlock Bank, the largest built in 1853 by John Smedley.

Hydropathy was given a boost by the arrival of the railway in Matlock, in 1849, enabling patients to travel from London in speed and comfort. By 1867 the line was through to Manchester, and in the heyday of cotton, wealthy mill owners from the North had easy access to the then universally accepted benefits of the water cure and to the many accompanying treatments pioneered by John Smedley. Matlock Station remains largely unaltered from the time that Joseph Paxton, head gardener at Chatsworth and architect of Crystal Palace, had a hand in its design.

Trains still run between Matlock and Derby on the Derwent Valley Line. Peak Rail, a preserved railway, runs steam trains on a section of the closed line between Matlock, Darley Dale and Rowsley.

In 1893, Matlock Cable Tramway, a cable tramway was built up Bank Road from Crown Square to Wellington Street with a stop halfway up at Smedley Street where Smedley’s Hydro was situated. Conceived by Job Smith, the tram was inspired by San Francisco’s famous cable cars. When it was built it was the steepest tramway in the world at a gradient of 1 in 5½, and it rose 300 feet (91 m). The fare was tuppence up, penny down. It closed in 1927 after losing business to cars and buses.

Matlock is overlooked by Riber Castle at 260m from the south-east and by Masson Hill at 339m from the south-west.
Riber castle was built by Smedley as his private residence in 1862. It is said to have been “planned, reared, finished and occupied in four months and one week”. Riber housed a wildlife centre, having been a school, and during the war a food store.

Large Group Self-Catering holiday house in Matlock, close to the Peak District

Games room in Self-catering Holiday house Matlock

Self-Catering for Friends and Family Holidays

Thornleigh House is a wonderful venue for a large house party, fill it with friends, celebrate a special family birthday or anniversary, or book it for an extra special Christmas and New Year with a difference!
Hen parties venue in Matlock

Self-Catering for Fun-Filled Hen Parties

Gather your ladies and head off to The Peak District for a relaxing yet stylish active hen weekend with plenty to do and the town of Matlock on your doorstep with its restaurants and bars all within walking distance.

Bedrooms for Corporate Team Events matlock

Self-Catering for Corporate Breaks

Book Thornleigh House for your corporate team events, with a large dining/ meeting space and break-away rooms. We have great WiFi and mobile signal. Ideal for team building with a wide range of activities in the local area.

What can we do during our stay?

Thornleigh House

Luxury large self-catering holiday house in the town of Matlock. Hen parties, wonderful family holidays and corporate event bookings.

Tel: 07747116882 or Email Us

Thornleigh House

Large self-catering holiday house in Matlock

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