The Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath (01629 582365)
Matlock Bath, DE4 3PD
A ride up in a cable car from just upstream of the Railway Station crossing the main road and rising up to the rocky spur 450 feet above to two show caverns, Rutland Cavern and Great Masson Cavern. Also exhibitions and play area.
Busy Bees Indoor Play Area (01298 24648)
Unit 1 Tongue Lane Industrial Estate, Dew Pond Lane, Buxton, SK17 7LF. Daily 10.00 – 18.00
Buxton Spa Pool (01298 26548)
St John's Road, Buxton SK17 6BE
On the northern edge of the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton Spa Pool is famed for its ‘therapeutically blue’ (!) natural mineral water in a traditional 25 metre pool with ancillary teaching pool. Adult swim £2.80, junior £1.40, Under 5 free. Check with pool for public swimming times.
Gullivers Kingdom (01925 444888)
Temple Walk, Matlock Bath, Matlock, DE4 3PG
Family theme park with rides suitable for young children and Royal Cave
Open 10.30am-5pm, 4th to 19th April, weekends till Whitsun, then daily till 7th September, Weekends 12th Sept – 31st October
Brierlow Bar Bookstore (01298 71017)
Head into Buxton and it’s on the corner as you reach the A515.
Open Monday-Saturday 9.30–17.30; Sunday 11.00 – 17.00
Amongst the 20,000 titles there is a large children’s section with reading and activity books for children of all ages.
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (01298 24658)
Terrace Road, Buxton SK17 6DA
Opening times: Tuesday - Friday: 9.30am - 5.30pm; Saturday: 9.30am - 5.00pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays: 10.30am - 5.00pm. Admission free.
Discover the history, geology and archaeology of the Peak District. Exhibitions of art, craft, local history and photography
Poole's Cavern (with visitor centre) (01298 26978)
Buxton Country Park, Poole's Cavern, Green Lane, Buxton, SK17 9DH
The cavern is open every day of the week, 10am - 5pm. Guided tours of the
cavern take place at half hourly intervals. Adult admission charge £7.50; child £4.50 (Under 5s go free); Family £22.00.
Poole's Cavern is situated about half a mile south of the town centre. On fine days, the best way on foot is through the Pavilion Gardens then past the Buxton Community School on Temple Road.
Go Ape ! (0870 1110193)
Buxton Country Park, Poole's Cavern, Green Lane, Buxton, SK17 9DH
Open 0900-1700 daily until 1st November plus weekends throughout November (Additional evening slots available May–August). £25.00 (£20.00 10-17 years) to £27.50 (£22.50) for peak midday sessions.
A high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, Tarzan Swings and zip slides up to 40 feet up in the trees. You are fitted with a climbing harness, given instructions, and then trek from tree to tree high above the forest floor. Minimum age 10.
Matlock Bath Aquarium (01629 583624)
110 North Parade, Matlock Bath, DE4 3NS
Site of original thermal baths, with collection of cold water, tropical and marine fish; Petrifying Well and Gemstone collection
Open Easter-end Oct 10am-5.30pm (10pm in school holidays).
Winter opening at weekends 10am-5pm
Chatsworth Farmyard & Adventure Playground (01246 565300)
The famous garden contains spectacular waterworks and you are welcome to walk, picnic and play here and in the surrounding park. The farmyard and adventure playground welcomes young visitors and families and has special activities throughout the season.
Easy Tigers Play Centre (01246 260011)
Adventure House, The Children’s Centre, Foxwood Road, Chesterfield S41 9RF
Opening times: 9.30am - 6.30pm, daily except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Age and Height restrictions apply: Maximum age 11 years; Maximum height 150cm (4'10") whichever comes first.
And, of course,
Alton Towers(08705 20 40 60)