Belper 23 minutes
Derby 34 minutes
Nottingham 65 minutes


This former spa town has a variety of independent, high street and vintage shops, cafés, and restaurants.  Hall Leys Park is home to colourful floral displays, bandstand, boats, mini train and play area with paddling pool, or take a trip on Peak Rail’s steam trains or enjoy an escape experience in the Deception Rooms.

The Peak District’s picturesque landscape, grand stately homes and traditional villages are just a short bus ride from Matlock, with services to Bakewell, Haddon Hall, Chatsworth and surrounding villages.

Station Facilities
  • Ticket Machine
  • Step Free Access
  • Parking
  • Toilets in bus interchange 20p

Matlock station
Station Yard

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Did you know?

Matlock was a popular spa town in Victorian times. Wealthy visitors flocked to the 20+ "hydro" and spa hotels to drink Matlock spring water, which was believed to have healing properties. You can still see many of the former hotel and spa buildings in the town today.

Passenger Facilities

The station is unstaffed and tickets can be purchased from the ticket machine on the platform.  There is a digital information screen and customer help point on the platform.

There is step free access.

There are toilets in the bus interchange, 20p charge.

Cycle parking is located on the platform.

Getting to and from Matlock Station

Matlock station is situated just across the river from the town centre. There is a footpath between the footbridge and the former Station Master’s House which leads to the junction of the river bridge and Dale Road, from where the town centre radiates out.

Parking at the Station

In the large station car park, there are 35 ‘rail user’ spaces and two disabled spaces.  A dedicated rail users’ pay and display machine is located by the access ramp to the station.  Parking is £4.50 daily  (multiple tickets may be purchased for more than one day).

Off Peak is £2.50 Monday to Friday after 10am and anytime Saturday/Sunday/Bank Holidays.

At Weekends parking is £3.50 from 10am on Friday to Midnight on Sunday.

£14.00 weekly and £45 monthly.  Annual tickets costing £450 are also available from Derby Station.

Please note the rest of the car park is managed by Derbyshire Dales District Council whose pay and display charges in the rest of the car park spaces See prices here

Local Bus Services from Matlock

Bus services from Matlock provide the opportunity to continue your journey into the Peak District National Park.

Visit Bakewell or Haddon Hall on 6.1 or Transpeak which continues to Buxton or catch the 160 to Chatsworth House and Gardens. Jump aboard the 172 and explore the quaint villages of Winster, Elton, Birchover and Youlgreave or alight to explore mythical Stanton Moor or climb up to Robin Hood’s Stride on the Limestone Way.

Other bus services include 6.1 to Wirksworth via Matlock Bath and Cromford – every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday and the X17 every 30 minutes to Chesterfield and Sheffield, which in the opposite direction serves Wirksworth each hour.

There are several local town services including the 157, 158 and 159 as well as the less frequent 110 service to Carsington and 140 to Crich.

Most bus services depart from Bakewell Road, 5 minutes walk from the Railway Station, some services also serve the Rail Interchange.

Bus stop locations and bus timetables are available here.  When trains are replaced by buses, road replacement services pick up/drop off from bay 4 in the bus interchange.


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Matlock has a variety of independent, high street and vintage retro shops, cafés, and restaurants, set amongst scenic surroundings.

The town radiates out from Crown Square where there are gifts shops and cafés.

Alongside the river, Hall Leys Park is a great place to relax surrounded by colourful floral displays. There are also electric boats, mini train, play area and a park café..

On the railway station side of the river is Dale Road, home to a plethora of antique and vintage retro shops along with a collection of pubs and restaurants.

Explore the area
Nature & Parks

Peak District National Park

Britain’s first National Park, with countless views to enjoy, hills to hike, stately homes and lovely villages.

Heritage & Museums


Chatsworth home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is renowned for its rich history and array of art and its garden.

Themed Attractions

Peak Rail

Peak Rail operate steam trains from Matlock to Darley Dale and Rowsley.

Themed Attractions

Crich Tramway

Crich Tramway Village offers unlimited tram rides along a unique period street.



Matlock has a variety of independent, high street and vintage retro shops, cafés, and restaurants, set amongst scenic surroundings



Bakewell is a popular market town on the banks of the River Wye, known for its unique and delicious pudding.

Heritage & Museums

Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall is one of the most significant and oldest heritage destinations in the country, with a remarkable tapestry and furniture collection.

Sport & Adventure

Hall Leys Park

Hall Leys Park is a picturesque park with a variety of activities including play area, splash pool, skatepark, electric boats and mini railway.

Themed Attractions

Matlock Boats & Train

Matlock Boats and Train operate electric motorboats and a miniature electric locomotive ‘Little David’.

Sport & Adventure

Peaks and Paddles Outdoor Activities

Canoe river trips for adventurous families or adults

Culture & Entertainment

Deception Escape Rooms

Deception Escape Rooms offers four escape experiences for adults and children aged 11+.

Sport & Adventure

Arc Leisure

Arc Leisure Matlock offers a range of leisure facilities including swimming pool, sports hall and a children’s soft play area.

Nature & Parks

Stanton Moor

Stanton Moor is an area of moorland and gritstone rocks and home to the Nine Ladies Stone Circle

Heritage & Museums

Crich Stand

Crich Stand is an impressive landmark overlooking the Derwent Valley

Things to do

Walks from Matlock

Walk number 12, is a 2 mile walk between Matlock and Matlock Bath alongside the River Derwent and with a climb to High Tor with its spectacular views.

Perri’s family tour of Matlock follows the level riverside paths through Hall Leys Park and along the Pic Tor Promenade.

Masson Hill walk offers beautiful views over Matlock and the surrounding area. From the station, the walk follows The Limestone Way steeply up Masson Hill and continues across the hillside to the edge of the Heights of Abraham, before descending back to Matlock.

Walk number 11 is a 3 mile walk through woods and fields with fine views between Matlock Bath and Matlock.

The Wellfield Walk explores many interesting parts of Matlock including Hall Leys Park, Denefields, Wellfield, Bailey's Tump, the Wishingstone, Bentley Brook and Matlock Green. There are fine views over Matlock, Tansley and Riber along the way.

Matlock to Rowsley Cycle Path is part of the White Peak Loop and is a 5 mile traffic free route along the route of the former Midland Railway

The ascent of Oker Hill provides great views over Matlock and Darley Dale. The ascent of Oaker Hill is a little steep, otherwise this walk is fairly easy.

Limestone Way is a 46-mile walk with spectacular scenery and views across the heart of the Peak District National Park,.

Derwent Valley Heritage Way is a 55 mile long distance footpath following the length of the River Derwent. Sections of the route may be undertaken as linear walks using the train between Derby and Matlock or other local bus services between Derby and Shardlow or between Matlock and Chatsworth.


Aug 17

Matlock Makers Market

Artisan market of makers and food producers

Aug 24 Aug 25

Matlock Food & Drink Festival

A 2 day festival celebrating great food and drink with fantastic entertainment and live music all day.


Station history

The railway opened in 1849, and the station was called Matlock Bridge until 1905, when it was shortened to Matlock. Initially the line only went to Rowsley, extending to Buxton in 1863 and Manchester in 1867.

For over 100 years, Matlock was a significant destination on the mainline railway between London St Pancras and Manchester, with visitors to the Hydros on Matlock Bank, until in 1968, the line beyond Matlock was closed.

The station buildings came into use in 1850 and were designed by Sir Joseph Paxton, designer of Chatsworth gardens and of the Crystal Palace of the Great Exhibition in 1851.

Station adoption

The many planters and flower baskets along the platform provide impressive planting displays and an attractive welcome to passengers.  These planters are looked after by Friends of Matlock Station, who have been caring for the station since 2007.

The Welcome to Matlock artwork adorning the station building was produced as part of a children’s summer art activity, organised by Matlock Town Council.

Funding towards many of these projects has been received from the Community Rail Network, EMR and Matlock Town Council.