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Peak District coach holidays 2016

Peak District coach holidays

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Language: English
Currency: Pound Sterling
Time Zone: GMT
Tipping: 10 to 12% is usual for hotels with 10 to 15% being usual for restaurants. In each case, it is not necessarily added to the bill. If a service charge has already been added, no further tip is required. 

The Peak District is a natural playground of different sights and places to visits from historic houses and old churches to the stunning natural wonder of the peaks, caverns and rocky gorges. Peak district coach holidays will take you to one of the most beautiful and inspiring parts of the UK. This picturesque area is an upland area located in central and northern England. Some parts also cover Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Staffordshire and South and West Yorkshire.

If you have a head for heights then discover the Peak District from a different perspective with a visit to The Heights of Abraham which has fast become one of the most popular visitor attractions in the region. The observation cable cars take you from the valley floor up high above the Peak District providing stunning views of the Derwent Valley below. Should you wish to explore by foot you can by following a variety of routes around the 60 acres of the woodland hillside that is home to fabulous collection of birds and other wildlife – cameras and binoculars are a must when you're following these trails as you never know what you may see!

Coach trips to the Peak District are also perfect for those looking for an active edge to their holiday. Enjoy a bracing walk along the moorlands and soaring gritstone edge or opt for leafy footpaths and riverside trails for a gentle stroll. The Peak District has something to suit everyone whether you wish to explore by foot, on two wheels or in the saddle and you can do it as fast or as slow as you wish. You cannot leave without visiting Castleton Peak District as it is one of the most famous honeypot villages in the area dating back to the 11th century. Known as the 'Gem of the Peaks', Castleton is a beautiful, tranquil and fascinating rural village providing all manner of activities to entertain visitors throughout the year.

Explore the limestone caverns beneath the earth at Poole's Cavern or take a step back in time with a ride on the world renowned vintage trams at Crich Tramway Village. You can discover brewing at the National Brewery Centre or step back into the medieval ages at Haddon Hall. Fans of Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' could even try to spot Mr Darcy when visiting historic Chatsworth House, one of the most popular visitor attractions in The Peak District thanks to the success of the BBC dramatisation and Colin Firth!

Coach tours to the Peak District include return coach travel, accommodation in a quality hotel (unless it's a day trip), meals and excursions.

To help you have an enjoyable holiday in the Peak District, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):

Health and Travel Insurance
Crime
Local Laws and Customs
Entry Requirements

Health and Travel Insurance
British Citizens are advised by some of our tour operators to have travel insurance before going on a tour or holiday, even if it happens to be in your country of residence. As a British citizen you will be entitled to free emergency health care on the NHS.

If you are visiting England from outside the United Kingdom and fall ill or are involved in an accident and are from any member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you can obtain free or reduced cost treatment with The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for all other nationals planning on visiting England.

If you need to contact the emergency services whilst in England simply dial 999 or 112 to ask for an ambulance.

Crime
Most destinations are generally trouble-free, however as with all places that you are not familiar with, keep an eye on your belongings and if necessary lock them away somewhere safe back at your hotel if possible. Keep an eye on everyone in your party and do not go off with people you do not know. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times. Be aware of your surroundings and don't venture off on your own. 

Local Laws and Customs
Queuing is a British Institution - jump a queue at your own risk!

Drug offences will carry penalties in the UK, so avoid getting involved with anything whilst in England. Please note the narcotic plant Khat/Qat is legal in the UK, but is not in a majority of other countries so never try to export this when leaving the UK.

If you are visiting from outside of the United Kingdom, it is wise to check customs requirements before you travel. If you are planning to bring alcohol, tobacco or souvenirs into the country, you need to be familiar with the UK's custom laws. For those people coming to the UK from the EU, you are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of most goods for your own use without paying tax or duty.

However, if you are travelling to the UK from outside of the EU, you are given an allowance of how much alcohol, tobacco, perfume, souvenirs and other goods. If you go above this allowance you may have to pay tax or duty. It is worth checking the HM Revenues and Customs website before you travel.

Entry Requirements
When travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in most cases an official form of identification such as a Driver's License will be ok. However, some airlines will insist you show a passport so check before you travel.

If you are travelling to England from Australia, Canada or the USA, you must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the length of your stay. EU nationals need to have either a valid passport or identity card.

Visas for the UK are not required by those travelling from Australia, Canada, USA or EU for stays of up to six months.

Any other nationality looking to visit the UK must contact the local embassy to check visa requirements.



There's a lot to do on a visit to the Peak District, but we've shortlisted a few:

Bakewell
A picturesque market town in the heart of the Peak District National Park, Bakewell crosses the River Wye. With a long and fascinating history as mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1085, Bakewell has continued to attract visitors. Be sure to pay a trip to the Bakewell Pudding Shop, a 19th Century bakery, and tuck into one of the original recipe bakewell puddings topped with cream or custard.

Buxton
The Derbyshire Peak district town of Buxton is situated 1000ft above sea level, which is the highest elevation of any market town in England. Buxton boasts stunning scenery, spectacular architecture, a thriving art scene and a wealth of great shops to browse. Buxton is historically a spa town due to its geothermal spring, however there are no longer any public thermal baths as there were in Roman times.

Matlock Bath
Built along the River Derwent, Matlock Bath is a popular destination to visit when exploring the Peak District. To get a better view of Matlock Bath from above you can venture to the Heights of Abraham - this hilltop park is accessible by cable car from the village. When you reach the top you can explore the Masson and Rutland caverns or spend some time admiring the scenery before catching the cable car back down to the village.

Chatsworth House
The Home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire - Chatsworth House - is one of England's grandest stately homes. Chatsworth also plays host to one of Europe's largest and most significant art collections. Set in 105 acres of gardens, there are sculptures, waterworks and fountains around every corner for you to explore. 

The Peak District became the first of Britain's National Parks after a 'mass trespass' occurred at Kinder Scout in 1932.