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Sheffield Christmas day trips 2023: 11 of the best nearby towns and villages for a December day trip

These are some of the best places near Sheffield for a Christmas day trip this winter (Photo: National World)
These are some of the best places near Sheffield for a Christmas day trip this winter (Photo: National World)

There's lots happening in Sheffield this winter.

But for those looking to venture a bit further afield in the run-up to Christmas, there is no shortage of charming towns and villages just a short journey away to choose from.

Whether you're after independent shops in which to find unique gifts, traditional pubs where you can cosy up in front of a roaring fire or pretty countryside walks, you're spoilt for choice.

Their pretty riverside setting and variety of attractions to keep visitors of all ages entertained make the neighbouring tows of Matlock and Matlock Bath a popular choice for day trippers. There are plenty of independent shops to browse, along with a  plethora of pubs, restaurants and cafes at which to take a break (Photo: Google)
Their pretty riverside setting and variety of attractions to keep visitors of all ages entertained make the neighbouring tows of Matlock and Matlock Bath a popular choice for day trippers. There are plenty of independent shops to browse, along with a plethora of pubs, restaurants and cafes at which to take a break (Photo: Google)

There are also plenty of things for children and adults to do on Sheffield's doorstep, from exploring castles and caves in the Peak District to visiting the birthplace of the industrial revolution or taking a picturesque canal boat trip.

We've picked some of the best towns and villages to visit on a day trip from Sheffield, all of which can be reached in around an hour or less by car, train or bus.

Buxton, which is about an hour's drive from Sheffield, looks pretty at any time of year but it's particularly resplendent in the snow. Buxton is famous for its 'healing' spa water and is also England's joint highest market town, with plenty of independent shops at which to find some unique Christmas gifts. (Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Buxton, which is about an hour's drive from Sheffield, looks pretty at any time of year but it's particularly resplendent in the snow. Buxton is famous for its 'healing' spa water and is also England's joint highest market town, with plenty of independent shops at which to find some unique Christmas gifts. (Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Delicious as they are, there's much more to Bakewell than the puddings for which it is most famous. The picturesque town on the banks of the river Wye, with its pretty stone buildings, boasts a bustling market every Monday and a wide selection of shops, selling everything from clothes to handmade chocolates, to explore throughout the week. (Photo: National World)
Wentworth Woodhouse, near Rotherham, is one of the nation's largest and grandest stately homes, which has featured in numerous films and TV shows. For Christmas, visitors are invited to explore the house as never before by wandering through the State Rooms and West Front Gardens, upon which a magical enchantment has been placed. There will be a light trail to explore as darkness sets in, and the chance to ride on a miniature train and tuck into treats from the festive food village.Wentworth is also home to  the popular Wentworth Garden Centre, which has its own farm and children's play area, and to a handful of small craft shops and a popular pub, among other businesses. (Photo: Simon Hulme)
Baslow is a great place from which to explore the surrounding countryside, including the nearby Chatsworth Estate. Only a short drive from Sheffield, it is set around a picturesque village green and has plenty of places at which to eat or drink, including the Michelin-recommended Fischer's at Baslow Hall restaurant and a handful of popular pubs. (Photo: Brian Eyre)
Bolsover has lots of independent shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. It's also home to Bolsover Castle, with its fabulous views over the Derbyshire countryside, where youngsters can enjoy festive stories with Father Christmas this winter (Photo: National World)
Bolsover has lots of independent shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants. It's also home to Bolsover Castle, with its fabulous views over the Derbyshire countryside, where youngsters can enjoy festive stories with Father Christmas this winter (Photo: National World)
Castleton is one of the Peak District's prettiest villages and it's particularly picturesque lit up by twinkling lights at Christmas. You're spoilt for pubs, cafes and tearooms, and there are a variety of gift shops, where you can pick up some unique jewellery made using the semi-precious Blue John stone which is found nowhere else in the world. If you're looking for an activity, you can ascend the steps to the ruins of Peveril Castle or head down into the nearby caverns. (Photo: National World)
Cromford is most famous for Sir Richard Arkwright's historic cotton mills, described as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Visitors can today explore the mills, with their visitor centre, shops and cafe, and learn more about their fascinating past. The village itself is set around a pretty pond and has traditional shops, pubs and a school built by the Arkwright family for workers and their families. The old jailhouse is now an art gallery and there are a number of independent shops. There's also the canal, where you can take a stroll or a boat trip, and lots of enjoyable walks around the Derwent Valley (Photo: RDImages/Epics/Getty Images)
Hathersage Swimming Pool is open throughout the winter and is heated. You can warm up in the village's many pubs, including the 16th century Plough Inn, which is recommended by the Good Pub Guide. There is no shortage of places to eat, and several independent shops to browse too. (Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire)
Hathersage Swimming Pool is open throughout the winter and is heated. You can warm up in the village's many pubs, including the 16th century Plough Inn, which is recommended by the Good Pub Guide. There is no shortage of places to eat, and several independent shops to browse too. (Photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire)
Tideswell is one of the Peak District's bigger villages, with a selection of pretty stone-fronted houses and the impressive 14th century St John the Baptist Church, described as the 'Cathedral of the Peak'. It's a great base for a winter walk, after which you can refuel in one of its traditional pubs or cafes. (Photo: National World)
Tideswell is one of the Peak District's bigger villages, with a selection of pretty stone-fronted houses and the impressive 14th century St John the Baptist Church, described as the 'Cathedral of the Peak'. It's a great base for a winter walk, after which you can refuel in one of its traditional pubs or cafes. (Photo: National World)
Glossop, which dates back to the 12th century, is at the other end of the Snake Pass from Sheffield. The pretty town boasts a wealth of independent shops, selling wares ranging from books and artwork to designer clothes and locally produced food and drinks. There are plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants to choose from too. (Photo: Google)
Glossop, which dates back to the 12th century, is at the other end of the Snake Pass from Sheffield. The pretty town boasts a wealth of independent shops, selling wares ranging from books and artwork to designer clothes and locally produced food and drinks. There are plenty of pubs, cafes and restaurants to choose from too. (Photo: Google)