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Things to do in the Peak District and places of interest

At a glance

Explore the Peak District

  • Discover picturesque market towns including Bakewell, Ashbourne and Tideswell
  • Fall in love with pretty villages like Hartington
  • Explore the country on the Tissington Trail

With its breathtaking scenery and top family attractions there are so many fantastic things to do in the Peak District. But did you know that the region is also home to some of the most picturesque towns and villages in the UK, many of which are right here on our doorstep?

From moorland market towns to cosy, picture-postcard high peak villages, this region is home to some truly beautiful places that are well worth a visit during your stay with us.

Take a closer look at some of our favourite locations…

ashbourne heights - discover the Peak DistrictTissington

With its beautiful stone cottages, noble old hall, fine church and duck pond, Tissington is a picture-perfect village. It’s a popular destination – and it’s easy to see why. Visit Tissington Hall, home to the FitzHerbert family for over 400 years or enjoy a walk along the Tissington Trail (less than 10 minutes from Ashbourne Heights)

the market town of ashbourneAshbourne

Located just outside the boundary of the Peak District National Park, Ashbourne is a vibrant market town that is central to life in the southern end of the Peaks. The town is packed with shops, bars, restaurants and there’s a busy calendar of local events. If you’re looking for things to do in the Peak District then a visit to Ashbourne has to be on your list! (10 minutes from Ashbourne Heights)


Located at the northern end of Dovedale, Hartington is a pretty village that is set in some of the best walking country! The scenery around this charming limestone village is outstanding and it boasts some fine old buildings. There’s also a selection of gift shops, cafes and pubs. (20 minutes from Ashbourne Heights)


The only market town within the Peak District National Park boundary, Bakewell is a hive of activity. Boasting attractive courtyards, independent shops, cafes and restaurants, it is blessed with a beautiful location on the River Wye. (30 minutes from Ashbourne Heights)


With its impressive church, known as the Cathedral of the Peaks, Tideswell is certainly worth a visit. It’s a thriving community with its shops, pubs and cafes, and is an excellent base for exploring the northern end of the Peaks. (35 minutes from Ashbourne Heights)