4* Hallmark Hotel Derby Midland
This is one of the first built Victorian railway hotels in the UK and was frequented by Queen Victoria. The hotel is located within walking distance of the city centre and within easy reach of the Peak District. All rooms are of a good size with high ceilings and the hotel has been furnished to a high standard throughout with its own sense of tradition, character, elegance and charm.
Bar Flatscreen TV With Freeview Complimentary Toiletries Work desk in room Tea/Coffee maiking facilities Hair Dryer WI-FI Iron and Iron board There is a lift but it does not reach all floors
4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast
3-course menu with 3 choices per course
Tea/coffee after dinner
Entrance to Gladstone Pottery Museum Tour
Entrances to Kedleston Hall
Entrance to Hardwick Hall & Gardens
Travel north, arriving at the hotel in time for dinner.
Gladstone Pottery Museum
We start with a tour at the Gladstone Pottery Museum in Stoke-on-Trent. The museum is now preserved as the last Victorian pottery factory in the country. Then spend a leisurely afternoon driving through the Derbyshire Peak District and returning to the hotel via Buxton and Matlock with a stop off in Bakewell.
Today we journey to the neo-classical mansion, Kedleston Hall which is framed by historic parkland and displays an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures and original furnishings. It has recently been a key location for the movie blockbuster, 'The Duchess'.
Hardwick Hall & Gardens
We visit Chesterfield with its famous crooked spire, then head to spectacular Hardwick Hall, built by Bess of Hardwick, Countess of Shrewsbury. The hall has survived virtually unchanged and houses some of the finest 16th and 17th century embroideries and tapestries. You can also enjoy circular walks around the surrounding parkland with magnificent views. The hall also played the part of Malfoy Manor in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.
We begin our return journey home after breakfast.