Local Attractions

Van Dyk serves as the perfect base to explore the local Derybshire area, with a whole host of attractions to keep you entertained just a short drive away. Whatever your passions or interests, our location just outside of Chesterfield ensures visiting Sheffield, Nottingham, Worksop or further afield is easy.

Step back in time and trace the footsteps of Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest and Nottingham Castle, or see how the other half live in the magnificent stately homes of Chatsworth, Hardwick Hall or Renishaw Hall. Visit the historic countryside market towns of Buxton and Bakewell to pick up some local produce, or head to Meadowhall and the East Midlands Designer Outlet to grab a bargain. Or lace up your walking boots and adventure out into the nearby Peak District or Clumber Park.

Our staff will be more than happy to help you plan your visit and find any areas of interest. Take a look at this list of just some of the local attractions that make Van Dyk the ideal place to stay in Derbyshire.

Chatsworth House

45 minutes away - DE45 1PP

‘Admire the house, explore the garden, meet the animals in the farmyard, indulge in an afternoon tea or browse the shops.’


25 minutes away - S9 1EP

‘Shop the latest high street and designer fashions, browse the extensive beauty offering for both products and indulgent spa services, and let the 290 stores inspire your gift ideas. And, with the Oasis Dining Quarter you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining. Whether it's a bite to eat or a meal with friends and family, you won't be disappointed with what's on offer - from Thai and Japanese to Italian, American and good old British! Meadowhall is the region's favourite shopping destination.’

Mam Tor and The Great Ridge walk – The Peak District

1 hour away

‘Probably the most popular walk in the Peak District which takes in what has been voted as one of the best views in England. This walk is fairly easy as you start most of the way up the main hill. The walk firstly takes us to the summit of Mam Tor, the site of an ancient hill fort before we head along the amazing Great Ridge. There will also be an option to visit the spectacular Winnats Pass at the end.’


Hardwick Hall

30 minutes away

‘The Hardwick Estate is open every day, for countryside walks with picturesque views, woodland family play trails, locally sourced gifts in the shop and delicious seasonal menus in the restaurant.’

Creswell Crags

10 minutes away

Explore Ice Age caves, look at the witch marks, view the remains of a hippo in the museum or take a walk around the lake.

Mr Straws House

17 minutes away

‘Step back in time to the 1920s and discover how a grocer's family lived in a Midlands market town through their furnishings and household objects.

The modest semi-detached house at number 7, Blyth Grove has remained virtually unchanged since the Straws moved here in 1923. For over 60 years they threw little away and chose to live without many of the modern comforts we take for granted today.’

Tropical Butterfly House, wildlife and falconry centre

20 minutes away

A brilliant day out where the whole family can meet amazing animals from around the world up close.

Go Ape – Sherwood Pines

30 minutes away

Go Ape Sherwood packs a punch with four brilliant outdoor adventures to get stuck into. Be prepared for some serious speed on the Challenge course where the tandem zip wire speedometer can hit 20 mph. Kids are spoilt for choice with a Treetop Adventure course and one of the only two Nets Adventures in the UK.

Sherwood Forest country park

30 minutes away

Go and explore The Major oak - The forest has something for everyone - walks and trails, bug hunts, adventure playground, events - there's always plenty to enjoy.


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