Derbyshire, home to the famous Peak District, a national park with a landscape of drama and majesty, hidden dales and craggy hills and dotted with iconic and welcoming towns like Bakewell and Buxton.
Country houses and stately homes abound throughout the Derbyshire landscape but there are also plenty of more unusual buildings such as converted pump rooms and mills commonly located next to pretty waterways which would once have been used to power them in a bygone age. These buildings make for something a little different, a historic venue that is perhaps just a little out of the ordinary. However, Derbyshire offers a smorgasbord of beautiful rural venues from the grand to the homely with stunning views and landscaped gardens and grounds, some even offering exclusive occupation for you and your guests.
Classified as part of the East Midlands, Derbyshire has some fine historic towns and cities which prospered on the back of the Industrial Revolution with wealth and revenue creating impressive civic buildings and town centres. Derby, the county town, has only been a city since 1977 although its cathedral has been there a little longer, since the reign of Henry VIII.
Derby offers a range of wedding venues including converted silk mills – the city once was the home to silk production – and other waterside mills, beautifully restored and a nod to Derby’s industrial heritage. If you fancy a more traditional venue then there are plenty of hotels in Derby but you are after a smaller town vibe then say your vows in the charming Victorian spa town of Matlock Bath or the very historic and pretty Bakewell, famous for its delicious Bakewell tarts. Bolsover, Buxton and Swadlincote all offer some fabulous venues and photo opportunities and small towns make it easier for your guests to find somewhere to stay if they are travelling a long way.
If you are attracted to Derbyshire because of the Peak District and the stunning scenery and you enjoy the great outdoors, then an adventure centre which is also eco-friendly might just be the perfect wedding venue for you – there will certainly be plenty of activities to occupy your guests. Winter weddings will benefit from the dramatic landscape and backdrop offered by some of the more remote venues but do bear in mind that bad weather could really spoil your day if your guests can’t get there.
Derbyshire has excellent road links with the M1 motorway running through the county and train services from London taking just over two hours from St Pancras. East Midlands airport in Nottingham is only fifteen miles away and Birmingham International Airport just under fifty miles away.