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Stately Homes & Collections

Chatsworth, one of the world’s finest treasure houses is a stroll away from Fischer’s, but Derbyshire is home to so many more amazing stately homes and world class collections, many of which are in the care of English Heritage or the National Trust.

English Heritage Sites

Ravaged and ruined Peveril Castle.

Jacobean pleasure palace Bolsover Castle, home to England’s first indoor riding stables.

Wingfield Manor: the vast and immensely impressive ruins of a palatial medieval manor house, with a huge undercrofted Great Hall and a defensible High Tower 22 metres (72 feet) tall.

Hardwick Old Hall: The remodelled family home of Bess of Hardwick, one of the richest and most remarkable women of Elizabethan England, stands beside the New Hall she raised later in the 1590s.

Sutton Scarsdale: as you drive on the M1 you might spot this majestic ruin standing prosaically between junctions 30 & 31. It is free to wander around this imposing shell of a grandiose Georgian mansion built in 1724-29, with an immensely columned exterior. Roofless since 1919, when its interiors were dismantled and some exported to America by William Randolph Hearst.

National Trust

Hardwick Hall: more glass than wall, built by Bess of Hardwick, the richest (self-made) woman in Elizabethan England.

Kedleston Hall: the first new-Palladian mansion designed by Robert Adams, and home to Lord Nathaniel Curzon, Viceroy of India

Calke Abbey

Eyam Hall

Sudbury Hall: home of the National Trust Museum of Childhood.

Haddon Hall: ‘the most romantic country house in England’

Further afield, and actually in Nottinghamshire but highly recommended none the less, you will find Newstead Abbey. Originally an Augustinian priory, it was converted to a domestic home following the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and most importantly it is now the ancestral home of Lord Byron, and a brilliant place to visit. Lord Byron is buried nearby in St. Mary Magdelene Church, Hucknall.

Derby Museum, houses the largest collection of Joseph Wright of Derby paintings and a superb Royal Crown Derby collection.