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A stately appeal

For admirers of stately homes, this Derbyshire market town is an ideal spot to explore some of the country's very best. While the most famous is Chatsworth House, thanks to its collection of art and beautiful gardens, there are a number of other homes worth visiting. Hardwick Hall brings 16th century glamour, while the neo-classical Kedleston Hall is surrounded by lush landscapes. Sudbury Hall was the location for the BBC's Pride & Prejudice. And Tissington Hall gives glimpses into life in the 1700s through its kitchen, gardens and old Smithy.

Theme Park fun

If stately homes aren't quite your pace, Ashbourne has got something more full-on - two of the country's best theme parks. Alton Towers is renowned for its record-breaking rollercoasters. From the extreme loops of The Smiler to a more sedate family area, there's something here for everyone - and it's just 10 miles from Ashbourne. Or go for Nearby Gulliver's Kingdom - a theme park designed for smaller kids. From Western World to pirate theme rides, it's suitable for kids as young as 2 years old.

The wonderful countryside

Take in the area's natural beauty using Ashbourne as a base for walks, cycling and boat trips. Cycle down the Tissington Trail - a traffic-free route alongside a former railway line. Or get your walking boots on for one of the many routes through the Peak District. Carsington Water, just a short drive from Ashboure, has plenty of activities from boating to cycling. Looking for accommodation in Ashbourne? The Travelodge Ashbourne Hotel is perfectly located.