On Our Doorstep

Alton Towers theme park is within one mile of Old Castle Inn. In addition to the main park, the hotel, mini golf site and spectacular water park, Splash Landings is open all year and non residents are welcome. Parking is free for these.

Staffordshire Moorlands is at the Southern end of the Peak District and provides excellent walking and cycling. Dimmingsdale, within a mile of Alton is a hidden treasure and walking distance from the house. Dovedale and other stunning walking areas are about 20 minutes drive away. The Alton village website offers more information.

Further Afield

Chatsworth House with Farmyard and Adventure Playground, Edensor, Derbyshire.

Trentham Gardens and monkey forest, award winning and described by Alan Titchmarsh as ‘one of the UK’s must-see gardens’ are very popular with guests. It is open all year round and less than  30 minutes away by car. For more information click here:

Drayton Manor Theme Park, Tamworth, Staffordshire is another popular theme park and features some of the biggest, wettest and scariest rides around, and is 45 minutes drive from the house. It boasts the world’s first stand up tower drop and Europe’s only stand up roller coaster.

Gulliver’s Kingdom, Matlock Bath, is a smaller family theme park with many rides and attractions aimed at 3-13 year olds, including a log flume and chair lift.

Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire. Explore the caves in this attractive former spa town, now home to cable cars, caverns and a hilltop park. The cable car ticket includes tours down 2 great caverns. Information about the ‘Miner’s Tale’, and all the attractions in the grounds are available on the website.

Snowdome, River Drive,Tamworth, Staffordshire.

Waterworld, Etruria, an indoor water park, cheaper than that at Alton Towers, with slides and waves and about 30 mins away at Stoke on Trent.

Beautiful Spa Town of Buxton with Poole’s Cavern, Green Lane, Buxton. Poole’s Cavern, opened to the public in 1853, and has a long and diverse history. The first visitors arrived more than 5000 years ago when prehistoric man sheltered in the entrance to the cavern. More recently, archaeological excavations in the 1980s have discovered around 4000 ancient remains in the Roman Chamber. Buxton has a famous Opera House and Theatre and many lovely eating places and unusual shops.The Buxton Municipal Park is particularly beautiful with Victorian architecture, conservatories, bandstand and a small children’s train.

Uttoxeter Racecourse, Wood Lane, Uttoxeter Home of the Midlands Grand National.

Haddon Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire Built over 600 years ago. Film location for Zeffirelli’s “Jane Eyre” and the BBC’s “The Prince and the Pauper”.

Potteries Museums and Visitor Centres, Stoke on Trent, Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery houses an unrivalled collection of Staffordshire ceramics, whilst the Gladstone Working Pottery Museum is the only Victorian pottery factory to remain intact with its original workshops, cobbled courtyards and huge bottle kilns.

Wedgwood Visitor Centre, Barlaston, Stoke on Trent Visitor centres at Wedgwood, Royal Doulton and Spode: craft demonstrations, factory tours,  museum collections and shopping.

Nearby towns include Ashbourne and Leek, both famed for their antique shops, and Cheadle, with it’s unique ‘Pugin’ church.

Stoke City, Derby County and Port Vale football grounds are all close by.