Top things to do as a family in Derbyshire

Monday, 19 July 2021

With family days out now back on the cards, it can be difficult to decide where to take the kids to keep them entertained. Derbyshire is home to an abundance of things to do with the family, and many attractions are just a stone's throw away, thanks to our extensive network.

So if you’re looking for something to do as a family, get some inspiration right here.

The Heights of Abraham

The Heights of Abraham


Situated in the very picturesque Matlock Bath - which is conveniently also home to a number of arcades and fish and chip shops, the Heights of Abraham is a fun day out for all of the family. Enjoy a journey on the famous cable cars, soaring high above the Derwent Valley to the summit of Masson Hill.

Once you’ve reached the top, there’s plenty to keep the family entertained. There are two adventure play areas for the kids to enjoy, including a mini assault course and woodland adventure with ropes and swings. Enjoy a family race on the famous giant slides, or take a more relaxing approach and enjoy the winding network of original serpentine paths.

Find out more about The Heights of Abraham.

Nearest station: Matlock Bath

Museum of Making

Image © Art Lewry at Culture Communications Collective/Derby Museums

Museum of Making


The newest addition to museums and galleries in the region, the Museum of Making has opened on the site of the world's first modern factory.

Celebrating the area's rich history of innovation, the museum tells the story of Derby's 300-year history of making, and inspires creativity.

From the world’s smallest engine run using a human hair, to a seven tonne Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine suspended in a new atrium above visitors’ heads, there are 30,000 objects for the family to enjoy.

Find out more about the Museum of Making.

Nearest station: Derby

Cromford Mills

Cromford Mills


Nestled in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales, Sir Richard Arkwright's Cromford Mills is part of the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Discover the world's first successful water powered cotton spinning mill and uncover the history of the mills themselves. Explore the new wooden sculpture trail or enjoy a peaceful walk along the Cromford Canal and spot the surrounding wildlife.

Take a walk around the shops or nestle down for a bite to eat at the popular onsite cafe.

Find out more about Cromford Mills.

Nearest station: Cromford

Matlock Farm Park

Matlock Farm Park


A fun day out for all of the family, Matlock Farm Park is perfect for those who like to get up close to a wide range of friendly animals. From alpacas, ponies and llamas to highland cattle, sheep and goats, there are loads of new friends to be made here.

For the little’uns, there’s a Tots play area with boat-themed play equipment and a large sandpit. There are also pedal tractors, a go-kart track and a real tractor for everyone to climb on board. And once the whole family has worked up an appetite, the Garden Room cafe and Rainforest coffee shop are the perfect place to visit to refuel.

There are also a number of horse riding opportunities at the park, with everything from treks through the beautiful surrounding countryside to short children’s pony rides at weekends and during school holidays. Plus, lessons for all ages (3 years plus) and abilities.

Find out more about Matlock Farm Park.

Nearest station: Matlock

Crich Tramway Museum

Crich Tramway Museum


A period village and national tramway museum, this is a great day out for all of the family - even the dog can come along! Be transported back in time on the vintage trams and step back in time along the recreated period street.

Many of the buildings along the street have been rescued from towns and cities across the UK, including the Derby Assembly Rooms facade, the Red Lion Pub from Stoke, and a number of features which were rescued from Doncaster tram depot.

There are plenty of food and drink options too, including Rita’s Tea Rooms, Barnett’s old fashioned sweet shop, and the Red Lion Pub.

Find out more about Crich Tramway Museum.

Nearest station: Whatstandwell

Gulliver’s Kingdom

Gulliver’s Kingdom


A truly thrilling day out, Gulliver’s Kingdom Matlock Bath is located on the edge of the Peak District National Park, with amazing attractions and adrenaline-fuelled rides, Gulliver’s is a solid favourite with the entire family.

Its impressive hillside setting means that the views are great here, too. Climb above the Crows Nest Quest or take a ride on the log flume which is an incredible 300ft above Derwent Valley!

There are 20 rides in total across six themed areas, so a trip to Gulliver’s won’t be short and you certainly won’t be struggling to keep the kids entertained.

Find out more about Gulliver's Kingdom.

Nearest station: Matlock Bath


There’s something to suit everyone and every kind of budget, and however you choose to spend your time together as a family, know that EMR can get you there.

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