The Peak District is pretty much in the middle of England, and just off the M1. Close enough to be convenient but not too close that it doesn’t feel rural. It’s a wonderful place to visit with a family and here are 10 Things to do in the Peak District with Kids.
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Things to do in the Peak District with Kids
Visit Gullivers Kingdom
Gullivers Kingdom. situated in Matlock Bath, is a theme park for the younger children. The rides range from a mini ferris wheel, to small roller-coaster, to a log flume. There is also an indoor soft play area and many other rides and activities dotted about for the little ones. Hills around the park are VERY steep. It can be quite exhausting for little ones after an hour to two. There is a small cable car taking you up the top, but it is one where your feet dangle, and therefore cannot be used by a buggy. Buggy users might find it hard work. The park is a little on the ‘tired’ side too; not as modern as other Theme Parks but we find kids don’t tend to notice that, just the adults!
You can read a longer review of Gullivers Kingdom here.
Adult Price: Online 2 days in advance £17.95 Gate £19.95
Child Price: Online 2 days in advance £17.95 Gate £19.95
Children under 90cm: FREE
2. Cbeebies Land and Alton Towers
Cbeebies Land is a sensory feast for children under 6. In contrast to Gullivers Kingdom it is new and sparkly and bright. All the Cbeebies favourites feature (I suspect more will follow in the coming years) such as; In the Night Garden, Charlie and Lola, Postman Pat, Tree Foo Tom are all there and the little ones love it!Rides are gentle and even educational in parts. The only downside for adults who love rides too is that it’s difficult to drag them out of CBeebies Land and into Alton Towers so you can have your turn.
You can read a longer review of CBeebies Land at Alton Towers here.
Adult & Children £33 online £55 on the door
Children Under 3 go free.
3. Chatsworth House
Chatsworth House and Park covers 1000 acres and is home to red and fallow deer, sheep, cattle and many wild animals. It offers a wide range of activities for all ages to enjoy. Take a walk and picnic in the park or explore the house and gardens. Children love the working farmyard and adventure playground, a chance to meet the animals, explore and play all day.
You can read a lovely review about Chatsworth House with toddlers over on Kiddie Holidays.
Pries for the House, Garden, Playground and Farmyard.
FAMILY £65(2 adults, 3 children)
4. Crich Tramway Village
The Crich Tramway Village (also fully reviewed on Kiddie Holidays) is the home to the National Tramway Museum. You can take a tram ride through time, through a unique period street and out into the open countryside for spectacular views. Take a stroll along the Woodland Walk and Sculpture Trail and maybe even fit in a trip to the Red Lion Pub, tearooms and shops. There is also an outdoor playground and picnic area.
Adults – £16.50. Children under the age of 4 – free
5. The Heights of Abraham
The Heights of Abraham is 169 metres high over the Derwent Valley and surrounding countryside. There’s plenty to see and do at the top, from adventure playgrounds and cavern tours to the fossil factory and heritage estate walks. It takes less than ten minutes to get to the top too.
Find out more at: http://heightsofabraham.com/see-and-do/the-cable-car
Adults – £15, under 4’s Free
6. Ilam Park National Trust
Ilam Park is ideal for families and dog walkers, with gentle riverside walks and a popular tea-room garden with far reaching views across the Italian Gardens towards Dovedale. Open all year round.
Car Park is free to NT members and there is no cost to do any of the walks.
You can walk from Ilam Park to Dovedale Stepping Stones as it’s only a 3 mile round trip and takes approximately half an hour each way. It’s free to park at Ilam Park for National Trust members (so remember your card) and you have to pay for parking at Dovedale so it’s an obvious way round to do it.
7. Dovedale Stepping Stones
It is £3 to park in the car park (you’ll need cash. It took us 10/15 minutes from the car park to the stones. It only took that long though as the banks of the river were flooded and we had to walk up the river bank sides a few times. It’s a pretty place and definitely an area that we also want to see in the sunshine. An all weather kind of place with a different experience every time you go.
8. Speedwell Cavern
At Speedwell Cavern, you can head underground and enjoy a boat trip under Castleton Hills to discover what life was like for the 18th century lead miners.
Find out more at: http://speedwellcavern.co.uk/
You can also combine Speedwell Cavern and Peak Cavern with a combined ticket for
Earlybird Joint Ticket Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) is £48.80 rather than £61 on the day.
9. Peak Cavern
Also interestingly called Devils Arse which may be funny for your kids, or tricky to explain depending on how old they are. There are lots of special events planned at Peak cavern throughout the year so do check those out.
Boasting 120 acres of indoor and outdoor adventure and more than 100 interactive exhibits, Conkers is a great family day out. The Enchanted Forest is a must-visit; swing your way through the trees and discover the secrets of the forest. This fantastic attraction is open all year-round, whatever the weather so you’ll never be stuck for something to do.
Find out more at: http://visitconkers.com/
You can read a full review of Conkers here.
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