This new 5 day break takes in just a few of the many historic train journeys that Derbyshire has to offer. Derbyshire is renowned for being a hugely diverse county with towns and cities nestled in breath-taking countryside. The county's premier city is Derby, which although steeped in history, is one of Britain's youngest cities, being awarded its Charter by Her Majesty the Queen in 1977. As well as 3 train rides, we have included entrance to Sudbury Hall and Biddulph Grange Gardens.
Ideally located close to the city of Derby, the hotel ensures that guests receive the warmest of welcomes. With friendly staff, modern comfortable rooms and many leisure facilities including an indoor swimming pool, your stay is sure to be memorable. Each of the en-suite bedrooms is equipped with a telephone, TV, a hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel also has the Brasserie Restaurant, a cocktail bar and a lift.
Thursday From your front door to the waiting Club Class coach for the drive to Derbyshire where we arrive at the Mickleover Court Hotel late afternoon. Upon arrival we enjoy a welcome tea/coffee and biscuits whilst our bags are taken to our rooms which is followed by time to relax before dinner.
Friday We start the day with a drive south to the city of Litchfield. There are many things to see and do here including the stunning Litchfield Cathedral, which is set in a remarkable and serene close. After time here for exploration and lunch we make our way to Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood. This is two completely different experiences sitting side by side with the Museum of Childhood being located in the 19th century servant’s wing. The Hall is a country home and a delight of 17th century craftsmanship, with the grandeur of the Great Staircase and the Long Gallery. The Museum of Childhood is a delight for all ages where you can see old toys, be a chimney sweep or a Victorian pupil.
Saturday This morning we head north to Duffield where we join the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway for a 30 minute ride through to Derbyshire countryside to Wirksworth. Re-joining the coach we make our way to Matlock where stop for lunch. This afternoon we join the Midland Railway, in Butterley, bringing back memories of the old London Midland and Scottish Railway.
Sunday Today we drive to the National Trust owned Biddulph Grange Gardens. This is one of Britain’s most unusual gardens with upside down trees, formal Italian Garden, Egyptian Court and tranquil Chinese Garden. A delightful experience which is well worth a visit. This afternoon we make our way to Froghall where we enjoy a round trip on the Churnet Valley Railway through Staffordshire’s hidden valley.
Monday We bid farewell to our hosts and make our way home. We are greeted by our awaiting taxis after a memorable break in Derbyshire.
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