Matlock Bath became an instant tourist resort for the wealthy and influential, when warm springs, at a constant temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit, were discovered back in 1698.
Matlock Bath has undergone major changes in the last three decades; roads have been widened and now there are more souvenir shops, amusement arcades, cafes, and car & coach parks. The main road that runs through the town is split in two parts known as South Parade and North Parade.
Every year from late August onwards, illuminations are held in Matlock Bath. The river banks are adorned with illuminated displays on various themes and the cliffs around are flood lit. At weekends during this period a spectacular pageant is held, called `Venetian Nights`, where decorated boats sail up and down the river. Regular firework displays are also given.
Above: Boats at Matlock Bath -
Photo: Derbyshire Dales District Council
Right: Peak District Mining Museum as seen from the Heights of Abraham Cable Car - Photo: Janine Forbes CCL