Peak District Visitor information

Peak District

An Introduction to the Peak District

The Peak District became England's first national park in 1951. It is a popular destination in which to hike and is rural with a few quaint villages and towns outside the National Park. The Peak District is home to many stately manors from the 1800's, built by wealthy families which are open to the public and show some of the history of the surrounding area. 

Things to do in the Peak District

The Peak District is home to many manor estates, such as Hardwick Hall, Chatsworth and Lyne Park. As overlooking the region is Peveril castle, built by William the Conquerors illegitimate son. The region is also known for its activities such as hiking, rock climbing and canoeing, as well as exploring through Poole's cavern.

Getting to the Peak District

By Air

The Peak District is close to both Manchester and Birmingham International airports which are situated an hours drive away.

By Rail

The train from London St Pancras International reaches Derby in just 91 minutes. Other mainline rail stations include Sheffield, Stoke-on-Trent, Chesterfield and Macclesfield. The region has good train line connections to other areas also.

By Car

The area is served by the UK's major motorway network. From the north and south, both the M1 and M6 provide easy access. The M62, M42, M60, M56, M67 and M18 can also be used to reach the area. 

By Coach and Bus

Throughout the UK, National Express serve Derby and Chesterfield. Megabus operate most of the local bus services.