things to do
the old millworker’s cottage
Matlock Bath was developed as one of the country’s first tourist destinations and is sometimes referred to as ‘the seaside town without the sea’.
Known for its colourful buildings set alongside the River Derwent, it’s been a popular tourist destination since the late 17th century when spa waters were discovered here. Its’ heyday was in Victorian, times when it became known as “Little Switzerland” by the poet, Lord Byron.
A popular destination for families, bikers and fun seekers, there are plenty of things to do and see. The Matlock Bath Illuminations are a popular feature from September to the end of October, when the riverside is decorated and the cliffs floodlit to create a magical scene of colour. At weekends there are parades of decorated boats, entertainments and, on certain dates, firework displays.
The Riverside Gardens and Lovers Walks along Giddy Edge offer gentle strolls away from the crowds, and nearby High Tor affords spectacular views from its lofty summit.
Matlock Bath: the bottom of Waterloo Road by John Sutton (cc-by-sa/2.0)
Matlock Bath and the River Derwent by Andrew Hill (cc-by-sa/2.0)