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Visiting Matlock

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What Does Matlock Offer Visitors?

Matlock is the county town of Derbyshire. It is small enough to be welcoming but large enough to offer a variety shops, restaurants and bars. It also has a wonderful park, Hall Leys, which is in the centre of the town and gives a sense of space, openness and nature. Glendon is located on one side of the park, close to the River Derwent. It is a great base to explore the attractions of Derbyshire and Peak District and has great transport links with train station and buses serving much of the county. Matlock provides the perfect gateway for Cycling in the Peak District and the surrounding countryside with a varied rural history.

Matlock antique shops

Antique Shops in Matlock

Dale Road, Matlock is a short walk from Glendon. It has a variety of antique and vintage shops, including Matlock Antiques and Collectables. If you enjoy exploring and looking for your next find, this is road for you.

Vintage independent shops in Matlock

Independent Shops in Matlock

Matlock has a range of independent shops. From wonderful furniture choices at Indigo to The French Wine People and Bow Boutique offering a range of home goods, including some delightful furniture items. And when strolling around Matlock be sure to look out for Robert Young florists who always have such delightful window displays.

Flower shop next to Derwent Bridge in Matlock

Other shops

There is also a good range well known shops in Matlock. This includes Marks and Spencer food, a Co-op convenience store, Boots the chemist, Superdrug and Wilkinsons. The town also has a Nationwide Building society, Lloyds bank and Post office.

Vintage bicycle advertising Matlock cafe

Lunch and Afternoon Tea in Matlock

There are many lovely places for lunch in Matlock, all just a short stroll from Glendon. The Green Way café offers a wonderful array of vegetarian dishes. There is also the Cool River Café, which is good for lunch. A more recent addition to the café scene is Zinc, which serves lovely cakes, has a small inviting garden at the back and also stocks a range of cards and gifts. Many of the antique and vintage shops on Dale Road also have cafes. And when the sun is shining Hall Leys park, is a lovely spot for an outdoor picnic. Pop across the road to Mrs Tiggy Winkles to grab a sandwich or other lunch goodies and then enjoy the wonderful park.

Stones restaurant by the river in Matlock

Eating out in Matlock

There are a good range of bars and restaurants in Matlock, including Thai, Indian, Italian, traditional, tapas and fine dining. The list below is all within a few minute’s walk from Glendon:

Maazi Indian Restaurant25 Causeway Lane, Matlock, DE4 3AR,
telephone: 01629 582534
Millers Bar & Grill66a Dale Road, Matlock, DE4 3LT
telephone: 01629 593440
Red Lion PubCauseway Lane, Matlock,
telephone 01629 584888
StonesDale road, Matlock,
telephone: 01629 56061
Thailand No.143 Dale Road, Matlock, DE4 3LT,
telephone: 01629 584444
The Remarkable HareThe Remarkable Hare, Dale Road, Matlock,
telephone 01629 580850
Viva Italian RestaurantDale road, Matlock,
telephone: 01629 593505
Duke of William Pub91 Church St Matlock DE4 3BZ
telephone: 01629 583111

View across Matlock Bridge

Pubs and Bars in Matlock

For drinks there are also a good range of options on Dale Road. From the traditional surroundings of the Remarkable Hare and Moca, who both offer a good range of drinks, including local ales to Monk, that serves cocktails with a more modern wine bar environment.

Many of the bars also have live music at weekends, offering the opportunity to enjoy local artists and bands. Details are usually listed on the individual websites.

Full details for places to eat and drink in Matlock, and further afield are listed on the map below. This includes up to date information on opening days and times, what each place offers, location and contact details. The pubs that are listed all serve food, however, times and days may vary so it is worth checking. The places listed cover a range of styles and tastes, which we hope you find helpful.

These are a short car journey away:
The Devonshire ArmsBeeley,
telephone: 01629 733259
Fischer’s at Baslow HallCalver Road,
telephone 01246 583 259
The PeacockRowsley,
telephone: 01629 733518
The PloughBrackenfield,
telephone: 01629 534437
The White HorseWoolley Moor, Badger Lane, Alfreton,
telephone: 01246 590319
Pie Daniels Bakewell,
telephone: 01629 812687
Prince of WalesChurch lane, Baslow,
telephone: 01246 583880
The White LionGreat Longstone
telephone: 01629 640 252

The History of Matlock

A former spa town, Matlock is situated on the River Derwent and is one of the larger market towns in the county. Before the Victorian era the town was a group of small villages centring on the Parish Church of St Giles, up above the house on a limestone outcrop. The origin of the name Matlock refers to a place for assembly and oak – an oak tree where meetings were held. The town is sometimes referred to as ‘the Matlocks. This is a reference to Matlock and Matlock Bath. The two have been favourite holiday locations since the Victorian years. Matlock Bath is referred to in Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice and the Peak District has provided the location for this film and many others.

Matlock milstone and Lumsdale Falls in Matlock

The Victorians brought wealth and prosperity to the town and surrounding area. The town owes much of its status to John Smedley. He built the imposing Smedley’s Hydro (now County Hall) and Riber Castle, the imposing, mock medieval castle overlooking the town. Historically the surrounding areas were also rich in mills, producing many goods for distribution across the country. Cromford, just a short distance from Matlock was a key sight in the start of the industrial revolution and you can learn more about this in the Mill’s exhibition. The history of the area has contributed to the variety and diversity of what Matlock offers today.

We look forward to welcoming to Glendon to enjoy all that Matlock has to offer.

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