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The town is particularly busy every Monday, which is market day, when the stalls and the livestock market, in normal circumstances, do brisk business. Until recently, the livestock market occupied a position near the centre of the town, before moving to its controversial new building on the other side of the river away from the town centre.

The strong connection with agriculture is further emphasised every August when the town hosts one of the largest agricultural shows in the country. The two-day event is normally attended by in the region of 35,000 people and despite foot and mouth, it continued in a modified format in 2001.

The Old Market Hall, adjoins the Market Square, which was built as an open-sided market hall. Since those early days, it has seen many uses: as a washhouse, dance hall, library and restaurant. Now it serves as a Tourist Information Centre and holds several interesting exhibitions.

Bakewell Tourist Information Centre is jointly operated by the Peak District National Park Authority and Derbyshire Dales District Council. There is level access into the centre, where you can ask for information or just study the wide range of informative material on the Peak National Park. Apart from the usual leaflets and brochures you would expect to find in a TIC, there is a display of locally produced goods as well books and maps available for purchase.

Upstairs is a "Landscape Detectives" interactive exhibition. A lift at the back of the building, by the stairs, provides alternative access to the first floor. The centre does not have associated parking facilities, but behind it there is a Derbyshire Dales District Council pay and display car park, with six disabled bays for parking, free to blue badge holders. On Mondays this area is taken up by the market, the town having one of the oldest markets in the area, dating from at least 1300. The first recorded fair was held in 1254.

The Old Market Hall and Tourist Information Centre (Tel: 01629 813227)

Open: March to end Oct daily 9.30am - 5.30pm, Nov to end Feb daily 10am - 5pm.


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Bakewell Old Market Hall: (Tel 01629 816558)is an impressive building that dates back to the 17th century and now accommodates the Tourist Information Centre. Goods produced by members of the Peak Products organisation are attractively displayed for purchase. In addition, if you want something a little different, you can send a postcard to the future as well as acting as landscape detective! Open: March to end Oct daily 9.30am - 5.30pm, Nov to end Feb daily 10am - 5pm.



Provides a wide range of features  with heritage trails and detailed countryside walks, through some of the most scenically attractive countryside in the UK.


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Set in an enviable location on the banks of the River Wye, in the heart of the Peak District, is the picturesque old market town of Bakewell.

Visitors flock to Bakewell in the summer, to shop and explore its many nooks and cranies, to admire its fine buildings.

Bakewell Feature


This is an exhilarating walk through high pastures and woodland returning along the Monsal Trail to Bakewell’s former railway station.

You join The Monsal Trail at Coombs Road viaduct, the eastern terminal of the trail.

Bakewell Walk






Bakewell Show

Old House Museum

M&C Collection

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