Arguably the most popular inland pleasure resort in England, Matlock Bath really knows how to welcome visitors. The village has had centuries of experience, born of a time when it was a world famous spa in a setting which Byron compared favourably with Switzerland. Grottos and garden walls are built from tufa, a stone which ‘grows’ and is much used here for decorative features. Visitor attractions are numerous and very varied, both overground and underground, not to mention a wealth of shops, Restaurants and takeaways. Matlock Bath illuminations are the highlight of autumn, with thousands of coloured bulbs reflected in the Derwent, weekend firework displays and parades of illuminated boats along the river.