A place of contrasts, Derbyshire counts as the East Midlands, even if its northernmost towns are at the same latitude as cities like Manchester and Liverpool.
Rousing natural beauty is almost commonplace in this county, and much of it falls within the Peak District National Park.
If you’re seduced by the opulence of stately homes, Chatsworth House will transport you to a Jane Austen novel, and if you’re into the Industrial Revolution, the world’s first factories as we know them appeared on the Derwent River Valley in the late-1700s and are a UNESCO site.
Put Derby on your agenda too, as this Enlightenment city was where the tracks were laid for industry to sweep through England in the 18th century.
Lets explore the best places to visit in Derbyshire:
There are so many sides to Derby that it will be tricky to know where to start.
Certainly the Derby Museum and Art Gallery has to be one of your points of entry.
That’s because of its many works by Joseph Wright of Derby, the 18th-century master of chiaroscuro and an agent of the Enlightenment for his enthusiasm for laboratories and science experiments.
If you’re serious about real ale then Derby is right up your street, and those in the know says there’s a bigger choice of ales at pubs in the city than anywhere else in the country.
Journey back to Georgian times in Derby at the Pickford House Museum and sample the culture in the historic cathedral quarter, and you’ll still be just getting started.