Chesterfield is the second largest town in Derbyshire and is easily recognisable by its iconic church with a crooked spire. The historic town is mentioned in the Domesday Book and early settlements on the site can be traced back to the Iron Age. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, on the edge of the Peak District, Chesterfield is also close to a number of historic buildings and is also within easy reach of Derby and Sheffield.
A wide variety of attractions in Chesterfield offer something to suit all ages and tastes. Energetic visitors looking to explore the famous church in more detail can climb up to its spire, while the town's museum and art gallery offers a large number of interesting exhibits at ground level. Other cultural attractions within the town include the Pomegranate Theatre. Just outside of the town, grand houses and buildings such as Bolsover Castle and Hardwick Hall can also be explored.
With such a striking landscape lying at Chesterfield's doorstep, it is no surprise that a number of outdoor activities are available, including walking and cycling trails. Other sports facilities offer great locations to play cricket and golf while indoor venues include a sports centre with facilities including a swimming pool, squash and badminton courts.
The coal mines that played a major role in Chesterfield's industrial history have now closed and other industries help to maintain the local economy. While the local marketplace has been an important economic centre for many years other industries such as education, the health service, transport and the postal service are now amongst the major industries providing employment in the town.