Derbyshire has many Stately home and manors that are open to the public. Some are open all year round and others seasonally. Here are some locations you may want to visit that are in the care of English Heritage.
Hardwick Old Hall
The remodelled family home of Bess of Hardwick, one of the richest and most remarkable women of Elizabethan England, stands beside the New Hall she raised later in the 1590s.
The vast and immensely impressive ruins of a palatial medieval manor house, with a huge undercrofted Great Hall and a defensible High Tower 22 metres (72 feet) tall.
Nine Ladies Stone Circle
A small early Bronze Age stone circle of (actually) ten stones. Believed to be nine ladies turned to stone as a penalty for dancing on Sunday.
Hob’s Hurst House
A square prehistoric burial mound with an earthwork ditch and outer bank. Named after a local goblin.
Sutton Scarsdale Hall
The imposing shell of a grandiose Georgian mansion built in 1724-29, with an immensely columned exterior. Roofless since 1919, when its interiors were dismantled and some exported to America.
Arbor Low Stone Circle and Gib Hill Barrow
The region’s most important prehistoric site, Arbor Low is a Neolithic henge monument atmospherically set in high moorland. A circle of some 50 white limestone slabs within an earthen bank and ditch.
By an unlikely miracle, the keep at Bolsover has survived into this century as an almost untouched expression in stone of the lost world of Elizabethan chivalry and romance.’
Bolsover Cundy House
This charming cottage-like 17th-century conduit house, with vaulted stone-slab roof, once supplied water to Bolsover Castle.
Founded soon after 1066 by William Peverel, one of William the Conqueror’s most trusted knights, Peveril Castle offers breathtaking views of the Peak District from its position high above Castleton.