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Tips for Visiting Chesterfield

Chesterfield, the market town nestled in Derbyshire, is a wonderfully welcoming UK destination, perfect for a weekend away with loved ones. 
The Chesterfield Area is bursting with historical significance. Home to Chatsworth, Hardwick Hall, Bolsover Castle, and Renishaw Hall and Gardens, there are plenty of impressive sights to see during your stay. Chesterfield town itself has an exciting array of things to see and do, so you’re sure to find something you love no matter where your interests lie. 

Getting to Chesterfield

Because it’s situated at the heart of the UK, Chesterfield is easy to get to by road and rail. If you’re driving into town, come off the M1 at junction 29 and go ten minutes into Chesterfield. There’s plenty of affordable parking available in the town centre, simply choose the one that’s closest to your hotel. 
Travelling by train? Thanks to its location in the middle of the UK, Chesterfield is on lots of train routes. Just under two hours from London, 15 minutes from Sheffield, and an hour and a half from Manchester, you can get to Chesterfield quickly no matter where you’re setting off from. 
There are plenty of fantastic hotels near Chesterfield train station, so you can hop off the train and start your break straight away! 

The best things to do in Chesterfield

Wondering what to do in Chesterfield? Let us help you plan your visit. 
Stroll around Chesterfield Market 
Chesterfield Market is one of the largest of its kind in the UK, with a history that stretches back to 1165. The Victorian Market Hall was built in 1857. Today it’s home to a variety of indoor and outdoor stalls as well as a café.  
Pick up some fresh fruit and bakes or beautiful handcrafted pieces – perfect gifts for friends and family back home!
Take a boat trip on Chesterfield Canal 
Head down to Chesterfield Canal and stroll along the historical banks. The canal boasts some of the first staircase locks in the UK, though it has been fully restored with a grassy towpath, which can be cycled or walked along.  
To take a boat trip along Chesterfield Canal, go to the visitor centre at Tapton Lock and commandeer a narrowboat. 
Visit Hardwick Hall 
Visit Hardwick Hall and be transported back in time. Step inside the 16th-century house and explore its collections and stories or stroll around Hardwick Hall Gardens on a sunny day. The park is excellent for kids, while rooftop tours are perfect for the whole family.  
Hardwick Hall is less than ten miles away from Chesterfield and can be reached in 18 minutes by car or taxi. 
Explore Chesterfield Museum 
The Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery explore the history of CHeesterfield from its Roman origins to the present day. Exhibitions change regularly, so you can always learn something new when you visit here. 

The best hotels in Chesterfield

When you’re planning your trip to Chesterfield, you’ll want to book the perfect hotel to enhance your stay. The ibis Chesterfield Centre – Market Town is just a short walk from the town centre and offers secure on-site parking to all guests. Book a low-cost and convenient stay and enjoy all the comfort you expect from this laidback ibis hotel. 

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