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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.
There's a lot to do on a visit to the Peak District, but we've shortlisted a few:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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If you are visiting England from outside the United Kingdom and fall ill or are involved in an accident and are from an EU country or Switzerland, you can use a valid EHIC issued by your home country to access healthcare. Please note this is not an alternative to travel insurance. Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for nationalities planning on visiting the UK.
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The United Kingdom is a safe place to visit, however, as with all countries please exercise common sense. Petty crime can occur so take your usual precautions such as not leaving luggage unattended, beware of pickpockets in tourist areas and leave valuables in the hotel safe.
Local Laws and Customs
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UK Entry Requirements
When travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man you may need to show a Border Force officer a document confirming your identity. In most cases an official form of identification such as a driver's license or an armed forces identity card will be ok. However, some airlines will insist you show a passport so please check before you travel.
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