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Brodsworth Hall © English Heritage

Buxton Crescent Experience Crescent and Pump Room

Peak at Halls, Gardens & Wonderful Wildlife

The Peak District’s Pure Waters & Famous Pudding This fantastic, packaged tour takes us into the heart of the glorious Peak District where we travel through scenic countryside to Chatsworth House, Bakewell and Buxton. We explore some of the area’s ‘hidden villages’ and spend some time at the superb Hardwick Hall. PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival We begin our day with a visit the popular market town of Chesterfield, dominated by its famous crooked spire. As today (Friday) is market day, we are free to explore the stalls, shops and cafés at leisure before heading to the nearby Three Horseshoes pub where we tuck into homemade pie, mash and peas with tea and coffee . After lunch, we make our way to the Elizabethan country house of Hardwick Hall which, since its creation in the 1500s by ‘Bess of Hardwick’, has been contributed to by descendants, craftsmen, farmers, gardeners and more. We discover the stories of Hardwick and enjoy the beautiful landscape it is set within. Day 3 Buxton Crescent Experience & Buxton After breakfast, we travel to the thermal spa town of Buxton, home of Buxton Water and located in the centre of the Peak District. Our day begins with the Buxton Crescent Experience , set within the stunning Grade I listed Crescent building. Consisting of nine themed rooms, we explore more than 10,000 years of history covering Buxton, the Crescent, Buxton Water and the people who have visited to bathe in the thermal mineral water. Our experience ends with a visit to the Grade II listed Pump Room to see the sunken oval pool where the 5,000-year-old mineral water still rises from the ground. We then enjoy free time for lunch in Buxton before embarking on a half-day step- on guided tour . Our ‘Hidden Villages Tour’ takes us to some of the most charming locations in Derbyshire, providing a unique look at the Peak District beyond the popular tourist destinations. We discover butter crosses, ancient cottages, churches and streets Today we travel to Chatsworth House in the heart of the Peak District. There are many rooms to explore, including the magnificent Painted Hall, State Rooms, Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery as well as a diverse art collection to admire, in addition to the famous spectacular gardens. We spend this afternoon at leisure in the market town of Bakewell, famed of course for its puddings. Located on the River Wye, it is replete with stone buildings and courtyards typical of this gorgeous region. Day 5 Departure After breakfast, we make our way home. Janine says… “The Buxton Crescent Experience is a superb new We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner. Day 2 Chesterfield & Hardwick Hall that have existed since Saxon times. Day 4 Chatsworth House & Bakewell

Our new tour features marvellous mansions and glorious gardens, including Brodsworth Hall & Gardens, Renishaw Hall & Gardens and Sheffield Botanical Gardens, as well as a visit to the brilliant Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Making the most of our proximity to the beautiful Peak District National Park, we also enjoy a guided walk around the thermal spa town of Buxton and a scenic Peak District drive via the famous Ladybower Reservoir. PACKAGED ITINERARY Day 1 Arrival We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner. Day 2 Yorkshire Wildlife Park & Brodsworth Hall We’re in for a ‘roarsome’ morning at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park , the UK’s number one walkthrough wildlife experience home to around 475 animals and 60 different species. Highlights include Project Polar, home to the only polar bears in England; magnificent African Lions in the seven-acre Lion Country; a family of Californian sea lions in the largest purpose-built habitat of its kind in the world; and the 300-metre raised walkway above Land of the Tigers. This afternoon we visit Brodsworth Hall and Gardens , described as one of the most complete and best preserved Victorian country houses in England and used as a filming location in the 2017 war drama film, Darkest Hour, which follows Churchill’s early days as Prime Minister. Virtually unchanged since the 1860s, we discover many of the original furnishings exploring the ‘grand rooms’ on the ground floor and the Victorian kitchen. Outside, the Victorian pleasure gardens have been expertly restored to their full splendour. Day 3 Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Sheffield & Renishaw Hall & Gardens This morning we visit the beautiful Sheffield Botanical Gardens with over 18 different areas of planting and a number of listed buildings to explore. Admire the Victorian Garden, Rock and Water Garden, Himalayan Garden, Mediterranean Climate Garden, Rose Garden and Asia Garden among others. We then enjoy time at leisure in Sheffield for lunch and may wish to continue today’s botanic theme with a visit to the lovely Sheffield Winter Garden, an impressive temperate glasshouse in the city centre. This afternoon we make our way to the Grade I listed Renishaw Hall & Gardens . Here, we enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent building, which has been home to the Sitwell family for over 350 years, and entry to the on-site museum. Day 4 Buxton & Scenic Peak District Drive via Ladybower Reservoir Today we travel to the thermal spa town of Buxton, located in the centre of the Peak District and home to Buxton Water. We head to the Pavilion Gardens promenade from where we embark on a 1 hour guided ‘History and Heritage Walk’ around Buxton . As we stroll, we are introduced to the fascinating history and heritage of the lower town and its landmarks. We then have free time for lunch in Buxton before we embark on a scenic drive taking in the charming village of Castleton, known as the “Gem of the Peaks”, and the wonderful Ladybower Reservoir, which, along with the Derwent and Howden reservoirs, was made famous during World War II when it was used by the Dambusters RAF squadron to practice low level flying techniques. Day 5 Departure After breakfast, we make our way home.

visitor attraction for groups. For many years the impressive Crescent Building has dominated Buxton town, but it has been in need of repair since its closure in 1992. Now, following a

£70 million facelift, this unique Grade I listed building has been saved and restored to its former glory.”


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