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Derbyshire – The home of the Industrial Revolution
It is believed that Derbyshire was first visited by early humans as far back as 200,000 years ago, following the discovery of a hand axe near Hopton. There is also evidence of hunter gatherers from the Stone Age to be found in caves located to the east of the county.
Much later the Romans occupied the area, partly because of their interest in the lead ore found in the limestone hills. Later still came the Normans, following the Norman Conquest in the 11th century.
Derbyshire is perhaps one of the most scenic counties in England, thanks mainly to the presence of the Peak District and is one of the main attractions in the county.
The county has a history of providing lead, iron, coal, and limestone, in addition to supplying cement and building stone. It has been said that Derbyshire is the home of the Industrial Revolution.
Reasons to visit Derbyshire
Derbyshire offers some breathtaking views, especially in the Peak District, and some of the places to visit include the Peak District National Park (the fifth largest National Park in England and Wales). Its popularity is confirmed by the estimated 22 million visitors it receives each year.
Bolsover Castle, which was built in the 12th century, is certainly worth a visit, along with Chatsworth House (stately home), Peak Rail (which operates a steam service), Haddon Hall (country house), The Heights of Abraham (accessed by a cable car) and a number of reservoirs, halls and parks.
Entertainment and Dining in Derbyshire
Night entertainment is found more in the larger towns, which include theatres, cinemas, nightclubs and pubs. There is a good selection of eating places like the Stones Restaurant in Matlock, La Dolce Vita in Derby and the Dovecote Restaurant in Morley.
Accommodation in Derbyshire
There is a good choice of Guest Houses, B&Bs, self-catering apartments and camping facilities. Hotels include the Casa Hotel in Chesterfield, Premier Inn in Derby and the BEST WESTERN Yew Lodge Hotel in Kegworth.