Behind ornate iron gates and opposite the village green, Jacobean Eyam Hall, which has been in the Wright family for over 300 years, was built in 1671 as survivors came together after the devastation of the Plague. The Hall, taken over by the National Trust, is a wonderfully unspoilt example of a 17th-century manor house. Inside, visitors can enjoy family portraits, furniture belonging to each generation, and the wonderful Tapestry Room, hung with examples of several different periods, including a 15th-century Flemish example. Several have been unceremoniously cut up to fill the walls, like draught-proof wallpaper. The Craft Centre, built in the Hall’s former stable yard, offers a vibrant hub from which to explore the wider village of Eyam and its captivating stories. Here you will find a collection of locally run craft units, an independent cafe and a National Trust shop. Photo credit: front view of hall & garden arbour - Laura Kennedy.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Facilities: Disabled entrance via special gate, ramps
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Please check website for details
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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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