Towns of the Peak District

Aside from tiny villages and charming hamlets, there are several larger towns and cities within the Peak District. These are just as beautiful and offer a wide selection of things to do for those craving something a little more urban.


BakewellKnown by many the heart of the Peak District, Bakewell is not only home to the famous Bakewell tart. It has become something of a gastronomical capital of the Peak District, boasting an array of locally produced jams, cheeses and of course, pastries. It’s a quaint, charming town with a daily market and a variety of shops, cafes and pubs. There are many options for accommodation, with some excellent guest houses. The gentle River Wye meanders calmly through the town, hosting a variety of wildlife.

Sheffield and Manchester

Sheffield sits on the edge of the Peak District and one can be in the centre of the city within half an hour. There are a great many activities one can enjoy in the city such as enjoying a play at the crucible or visiting one of the many museums. Manchester is full of great things to do, with a buzzing nightlife and excellent music scene.

Both cities are home to some magnificent casinos, with Ceaser’s Manchester235 standing out in particular. This Vegas style venue contains all the classics such as roulette and blackjack, as well as poker and a host of slots. With bars and restaurants within, you can have a great night out all under one roof.


This charming spa town is ideally located close to the majority of attractions within the Peak District, making it an ideal base for exploring. It’s a fantastic place to go shopping and with four different shopping areas you’re bound to find whatever you need. There are pubs and bars a plenty, offering some excellent locally produced beer and food. A stroll in the Pavilion gardens is always charming, or take a tour on an old Victorian tram. The famous Opera House offers a number of performances, from live music to magic shows.