Things To Do

Things to do in Ashbourne and around the area

Situated between the picturesque villages of Ilam and Thorpe in the Derbyshire Peaks and near the foot of Thorpe Cloud, the Izaak Walton Hotel is an AA rated 3 star, 2 Rosette converted 17th Century Country House Hotel offering wooden beams, open fires, comfortable bedrooms and views of outstanding natural beauty.

Our location offers a huge variety of activities to suit all tastes as well as places to visit.

Love to shop until you drop?  The town of Ashbourne has a fantastic range of shops from recognisable brands such as Joules and Fat Face to countless numbers of independent retailers and antique vendors, so there’s bound to be something to suit everyone’s taste. Market days are Thursday and Saturday, with a whole host of stalls to explore including local food, unique gifts, and home furnishings.  Other towns/villages of interest close to the hotel include Bakewell (30 mins drive), Buxton(40mins) and Tissington (10mins).

Places to Visit


Fishing On The River Dove

Local Golfs Links

If you're looking for a slightly different activity then we are perfectly placed for a visit to Alton Towers, which is just a 20 minute drive, and Uttoxeter Racecourse, a 35 minute drive.

The Izaak Walton Hotel is located in the Derbyshire Peak District near the villages of Thorpe, Ilam & Tissington. East Midlands Airport is 34 miles away whilst Manchester Airport is 41 miles.

If using satnav or google maps, our postcode is DE6 2AY.

Alternatively you can follow the brown tourist signs through Ashbourne to Dovedale and you will find the Izaak Walton Hotel set in the middle of the Dovedale Valley.