Peveril Castle by Stephen PriceThe Hope Valley is awash with history and that is reflected in the legacy of halls, castles and stately homes that dot the Valley and beyond, adding their stories to the rich culture of the land.

There is something for everyone in an historic day out in the Hope Valley and surrounding area. Children will love exploring old castles and pretending to be knights of the realm! Peveril Castle is a fine example of an English castle and children can transport themselves back in time amidst the ruins and climb the spiral staircase to peer out at the top of the keep onto a magnificent view! Watch out for the many events staged here too!

Stately homes and halls often have vast grounds that can keep the children occupied for a few hours, or learn about the great old families of this area and discover secrets hidden within the walls.

Haddon Hall in nearby Bakewell is one such place; a medieval manor house which has many claims to fame and boasts of many actors to walk its floors. There are plenty of events on for children to participate in and huge gardens to explore.

Those who love a good ghost story can walk along the ancient paths and corridors listening to tales like those of the young servant girl of Eyam Hall who still answers the night bell or the knight of Peveril Castle who continues to stand guard on the ramparts at night. Halloween is a great time to eyam hall official photogather round and discover the many spooky goings on with ghost trails and haunted guides.

So bring history to life by treading where many have gone before and making your own mark on the legacy of Hope Valley, or make the unique history of the Hope Valley your starting point on a journey to explore the Peak District and beyond.


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