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    Welcome to Chesterfield

    One of Derbyshire's most popular and historic market towns, Chesterfield is perhaps most famous for the distinctive Crooked Spire.

    The distinctive Crooked Spire dominates the skyline. There are numerous local legends as to why the spire twisted, but its unusual shape is thought to have been triggered by green timber covered with heavy lead tiles.

    Whatever the truth, the base of the spire of the Parish Church of St Mary's and All Saints - which stands at 228 feet high and 'leans' 9 feet and 6 inches from its true centre - is a great place to get a panoramic view across the town and beyond.

    You might have seen photographs of it before, or even caught sight of it from the train, or from your car. Maybe you already know that it's 228 feet high, and that it 'leans' 9 feet 6 inches from its true centre.

    Back on solid ground, Chesterfield is a paradise for shoppers, with its handsome Market Hall and cobbled Market Place, home to one of the largest open-air markets in England, with a host of regular markets including farmers' and artisan markets.

    Nearby in the charming Shambles are a cluster of independent shops and cafés, while you'll find famous High Street names at the Pavements and Vicar Lane Shopping Centres.

    If you're fascinated by history, visit the Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery charting Chesterfield's commercial and industrial past, or take a short drive to Revolution House at Old Whittington, where a plot was hatched to overthrow James II in 1688.

    Eating out is a gourmet experience, thanks to everything from Michelin-recommended restaurants and welcoming cafes and tea rooms to gastro and real ale pubs. You can also enjoy live drama, music, comedy and much more at yhe Pomegranate and Winding Wheel theatres.

    Right on the doorstep you'll find the National Trust's magnificent Elizabethan Hardwick Hall, the last and greatest house built by Bess of Hardwick in the 1500s, and impressive Bolsover Castle, a 17th century fairytale mansion, with its magical Little Castle, enchanting Venus Garden, indoor riding school and breathtaking views.

    Also close by are Renishaw Hall & Gardens, ancestral home of the literary Sitwell family, and Creswell Crags, one of the most northerly places on earth to have been inhabited by our Ice Age ancestors.

    Heritage-lovers shouldn't miss a visit to Barrow Hill Roundhouse, the UK's oldest surviving operational railway roundhouse, which hosts a number of spectacular events each year.

    In The Area




    Matlock Farm Park

    Come on down to Matlock Farm Park, the ideal place for families to visit to enjoy the fresh air and have fun with our friendly animals.


    Chesterfield Market Hall

    Our Victorian Market Hall was originally built in 1857 'for the shelter and safeguard of market people'. It housed a Corn Exchange, a covered market,…


    Ernest’s Retreat

    Situated 4 miles west of Chesterfield on the edge of the Peak District, we have an enviable location great for walkers and sightseers. We're a family…


    Renishaw Hall & Gardens

    Renishaw Hall and Gardens have been home to the Sitwell family for almost 400 years. The present owner, Alexandra Sitwell, welcomes you to visit her…


    Pomegranate Theatre

    The Pomegranate Theatre is currently closed for renovation.


    Peak Edge Hotel

    A historic boutique hotel and restaurant with modern adaptions nestled in the idyllic peak district, proudly stands as the recipient of multiple…


    Barrow Hill Roundhouse

    Barrow Hill Roundhouse is the last surviving railway roundhouse in the United Kingdom with an operational turntable.


    Chesterfield Canal – Tapton Lock Visitor Centre

    The Chesterfield Canal is a beautiful waterway, an oasis of calm in the busy market town.

    Linacre Reservoirs

    There are three reservoirs at Linacre, built between 1855 and 1904 and, between them, they hold more than 240 million gallons of water. The…


    Revolution House

    Once an alehouse, Revolution House takes its name from the Revolution of 1688. The site of a meeting between three local noblemen who began the plot…


    Red Lion Restaurant at Peak Edge Hotel

    Nestled on the edge of the beautiful Peak District National Park, the historic Red Lion restaurant boasts a warm, friendly, relaxed atmosphere…


    Crooked Spire Church

    The 'Crooked Spire' is Chesterfield's best-known landmark.

    Our Great Itineraries

    Car-free guide: Things to do in Chesterfield

    There's so much to see and do near this iconic Derbyshire market town, famed for its crooked spire.

    Day trip from Sheffield: Explore Matlock &…

    The busy market towns of Matlock and Bakewell are a great day out for all the family and the bus is the hassle-free way to travel.

    Day trip from Sheffield: Explore Matlock Bath,…

    Discover some of Derbyshire's most popular towns and villages by bus.

    Events in Chesterfield



    Summer of Play at Hardwick

    There are interactive activities, games and play for everyone at Hardwick’s bigger and better Summer of Play!


    Hardwick Wintertide at Hardwick Hall

    Share a special winter with the family at Hardwick Wintertide - 2024 DATES TO BE CONFIRMED

    Trails nearby

    The Five Pits Trail

    Walkers, cyclists and horse riders can all enjoy the countryside of the Five Pits Trail.

    The Phoenix Greenways

    Whether you come for the day, a weekend or a longer stay, there is plenty for the family to do, visit and explore. A network of traffic free walking…


    Villages nearby



    Clay Cross



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