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Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020
Located between the M1 and M6, and bordered by Sheffield and Manchester, Derbyshire is widely recognised as one of England’s most beautiful counties. Home to the spectacular Derbyshire Dales, Derbyshire’s history can be traced back to pre-history. Well served by rail links and close to both Manchester Airport and Robin Hood Airport, it’s an easy county to access, whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure. Hotels in Derbyshire come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from unassuming B&Bs to tumbledown inns creaking with character, and sleek, chic contemporary hotels.
Derbyshire’s origins can be traced back to prehistoric times, with evidence of Bronze Age settlements having been found in Creswell Crags. The county fell under Roman rule in the 1st and 2nd centuries, before falling into the hands of the Saxons almost two centuries later. However, it was the Industrial Revolution that really put Derbyshire on the map. With the development of factory production and the discovery of lead ore in the land, the county became synonymous with industry and commerce.
Today, Derbyshire is a spectacular county to visit. With the northern part housing the stunning Peak District and rustic villages, and picturesque downs and busy cities peppering its hills, Derbyshire attracts thousands of visitors each year. In addition, many of the B&Bs and hotels in the area, such as the Pack Horse Inn, have their own stories to tell about the region’s past.
Those with an interest in Derbyshire’s history will find plenty to keep them entranced, such as the splendour of Chatsworth House, the subterranean spectacle of Poole's Cavern and the imposing battlements of Bosworth Castle. In addition, there are a good number of museums offering insights into different aspects of the county’s evolution. From the rugged exhibits offered by the Peak District Lead Mining Museum to the refined displays at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery, there’s something from virtually every era.
However, there’s also lots to see and do for younger visitors, making Derbyshire an ideal destination for families. The Heights of Abraham boasts a working cable car that will transport you to a hilltop park, complete with caves to explore and fossils to find. Given Derbyshire’s prehistoric and mining past, there are networks of underground tunnels and crystal-studded caves to discover, such as those at Treak Cliff Cavern. Most B&Bs and hotels in Derbyshire are within easy access of a wide selection of local landmarks and attractions, making your sightseeing trips that much easier.
If you’re visiting as part of a busy business schedule, you’ll find plenty of accommodation, from simple stopovers to business-class hotels, offering all the amenities you could need, such as meeting rooms, conference facilities and that all-important free WiFi connection.
Derbyshire is a superb county to visit, whether you want to soak up the unfettered beauty of the great outdoors or hit the high-end shops in a modern retail park. With an abundance of Derbyshire hotels and B&Bs to choose from, you can make your trip to this extraordinary county a memorable one.