An RHS Garden Partner, The BlueBell Arboretum has one of the finest collections of unusual trees and shrubs in Derbyshire. The woodland garden was first planted in 1992 and now covers nine acres. Many shrubs and smaller trees display their full adult beauty while the large trees are still young (most are under 22 years). The arboretum is a lovely woodland walk with rare plants to see – signs give detailed information about these unusual varieties. Most can be purchased as young plants from the adjoining nursery where knowledgeable staff are on hand to advise. Guided tours are available too.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Opening Times: Open Mar-Oct (all week); Nov-Feb (Mon-Sat). Closed 2 Jan, Easter Sun, 25 Dec
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About the area
The natural features of this central English county range from the modest heights of the Peak District National Park, where Kinder Scout stands at 2,088 ft (636 m), to the depths of its remarkable underground caverns, floodlit to reveal exquisite Blue John stone. Walkers and cyclists will enjoy the High Peak Trail which extends from the Derwent Valley to the limestone plateau near Buxton, and for many, the spectacular scenery is what draws them to the area.
The county is well endowed with stately homes – most notably Chatsworth, the palatial home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, with its outstanding collections of paintings, statuary and art. Other gems include the well preserved medieval Haddon Hall, the Elizabethan Hardwick Hall, and Kedleston Hall, whose entrance front has been described as the grandest Palladian façade in Britain.
The spa town of Matlock is the county’s administrative centre and other major towns of interest include Derby and the old coal mining town of Chesterfield, with its crooked spire. Around the villages of Derbyshire, look out for the ancient tradition of well dressing, the decorating of springs and wells – the precious sources of life-sustaining water – with pictures formed from flowers.
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