Clarion Collection Hotel Makeney Hall
Belper, EN DE56 0RS
Phone: (44) 0844 855-9111
Fax: (44) 0133 284-2777
Makeney, Milford, Belper, EN, GB, DE56 0RS
- Phone: (44) 0844 855-9111
- Fax: (44) 0133 284-2777
The Duffield Castle is speculated or rather rumored to be one of England's largest castles. This castle built before the 13th century but was destroyed by King Henry III in 1266. Though there were just a few foundations that remained, the people who discovered this in the later centuries, mostly in the 18th century, placed a few stones to outline the castle. The keep of this castle was about 30 meters(98 feet) high and 28 meters(95 feet) wide, which is one of the largest castles to have existed in England.
The beautiful landscaped gardens and the neighboring open grasslands of the Kedleston Hall comprise the Kedleston Park, located about 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) from Derby, and about 78 kilometers (48.46 miles) from Sheffield. The foundation was laid or, perhaps literally, the seeds that would blossom into this gorgeous park were laid down by Robert Adam in the mid-1700s. Over the centuries, the park and gardens became a home for several indigenous plants and wildlife, and today, the Kedleston Park is truly a sight to behold. Maintained by the National Trust, this park and the mansion are available for group visits, so do see the website to know more.
Ambergate is a small village in that is located close to where the two rivers Amber and Derwent meet. Besides it's scenic value, the village is known to be the where England's first electronic telephone exchange was opened. The community here is quite active and keeps itself occupied with organising a number of events through the year, the most awaited being the carnival. Visit this village to walk around the place were the first electronic exchange in the world between small to medium took place.
Spread over a large area, the beautiful Darley Park offers a stunning view of the city of Derby. The Danley Concert that takes place every year, attracting thousands of people, who come to watch the rocking live concerts. Housing the largest collection of exotic flora, Viburnum and Hydrangea, this park is centrally situated and is one of its kind in the city.
Spread over a whopping 207 acres, the Markeaton Park boasts close to a million visitors each year, and is one of the largest green spaces in the East Midlands part of Britain. Steeped in history and tracing its origins to the Norman ages, it comes replete with its own crafts village, fishing lake, football, tennis & cricket areas, floral displays and kiosks. A quaint terrace cafe offers walkers some refreshing and healthy options. This park also hosts annual fests like the Eco Fest, Bonfire & Fireworks and more, so stop by while in Derby.
University of Derby is a preferred choice of students for the sheer variety of courses it offers to one and all. Choose from a plethora of streams like the arts, humanities, technology, design, the sciences, computers, law among others. Go in for a part-time of full-time graduate or undergraduate course, and be among the finest of professionals in the country. Overseas students have made the university their home as well. The student's union council is known to host a variety of cultural events from time to time. Check website for more details on courses and current and upcoming events.
This 14th Century monumental church is a prominent Christian center and is the abode of the Bishop of Derby. The church although carrying the weight of its past glory has been brilliantly reformed to accommodate the needs of contemporary life and is now a popular religious sight. Derby Cathedral has modern conference facilities and a coffeehouse attached to it. The cathedral is also the center of many social activities and services.
Built by the railway community as a self contained entity in 1842, the premises consisted of shops, the inn and houses for the people to reside in. The pub was restored in 1984 and has been in business then of brewing ale. Even under the present owner the brewery maintains its old world charm. Also an event venue, the pub has regular Jazz nights on Thursdays.
Built in 1875, the Midland Railway is now preserved as a heritage station for its memory. Although tour train rides are a regular feature, the station doesn't function as a means of transport.
A lovely manor house, the Ednaston Manor is a Grade I listed building in the hamlet of Ednaston. The house was built over a period of seven years between 1912 to 1919 to the designs of Edwin Lutyens. The manor was constructed in quite a uniquely in a Queen Anee architectural style for William G. Player who was the son of cigarette manufacturer. The house stayed with him only until 1979 when it was bought by Lionel Pickering a former Derby County Chairman. Though he contributed in restoring the gardens and the house, he sold the house and passed away, leaving the house and partially restored gardens to new owners.
Known as the Cromford Bridge originally, the Cromford Railway Station is an unstaffed station that was opened in 1849. The station is owned by the Network Rail and is taken care of by the East Midlands Trains. The journey of the trains that pass by, operate between Nottingham and Matlock, going via Derby. As the train station doesn't have any staff, the tickets for the journey can be bought from a guard on the train.
A thriving tourist village situated towards the south of Derby shire, Matlock Bath is known for its natural springs. Popular as a spa destination, a major chunk of tourists tend to focus on visiting the bath house which was built because of the springs. This picturesque village is also deemed as a romantic place to visit, this being confirmed by famous poet Lord Byron. Besides the springs, another place to visit, would be a park located on top of a hill, called the Heights of Abraham. Visit this place for a relaxed or adventurous time.