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Chatsworth and Matlock Coach Tour

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We set off at 10am from Sheffield Centre, heading out via Baslow, taking in the lovely Derbyshire landscape, we arrive at Chatsworth around 11.10am. 

Set in 1000 acres of beautiful park, Chatsworth is open every day of the year and there is much to see and do - see if you can spot the herd of deer! The magnificent and superbly cared for historic house and garden, farmyard and adventure playground offer something for everyone. The house contains many interesting exhibits, including one of Europe’s most important art collections and there are many elaborately furnished rooms open for public view. 

Explore the magical landscape ofwhites ford dupre classic nostalgic Matlcok Gardens tour
the gardens, having evolved over the last 450 years, incorporating many permanent sculptures and beautiful in all seasons. Why not enjoy afternoon tea in the Cavendish Rooms or lunch in the cafe or restaurant. Children will love to visit the farmyard where you can watch the cows being milked or get involved handling the small animals (three times daily). 

At 1.30pm we will continue our tour through the Darley Dales and on to the former spa town of Matlock situated on a sharp bend of the River Derwent and home of the terminus end of the Peak Rail heritage steam railway which travels through the valley bottom to Rowsley.  Whilst at Matlock enjoy a break in one of the many eateries and browse in the shops.  Here you will see the old ‘Bandstand’ in the riverside Hall Leys Park, however this structure was in fact the terminus station for a cable operated tramway system built under the supervision of Job Smith a Matlock resident and author of “TIT BITS”, services began in 1893, the general design based on the tram systems of San Francisco it lasted until 1927, at which time modern road vehicles had rendered the system uneconomical to maintain. The tram ran up Bank road at a maximum speed of 5mph, linking the park and river with the Hydrotherapy Centre up the hill, and if you are feeling particularly energetic, you can walk the steep accent up the hill and see the surviving stone built tram shed and workshop now used as a car service garage. If you catch the staff in a good mood they may show the remnants of the tram track which is still visible in the floor of the building.

At 4pm we will meet back at the coach to start our return journey back to Sheffield arriving around 5.30pm.

Visit www.chatsworth.org and www.matlock.org for more information about what you can expect to see at these places of interest.