10 bizarre and unusual places to visit in and around Derbyshire

Are you looking for some out of the ordinary to do this weekend? Look no further...

Friday, 5th April 2019, 4:16 pm
nine ladies, stanton moor

Here's a rundown of some of the county's most unusual spots that are sure to make for a memorable experience.

This Neolithic henge monument consists of about 50 large limestone blocks, which form an egg-shaped circle. A very small entrance fee applies for adults. Children can enter free of charge.
One of the wonders of the Midlands, the cavern is full of semi-precious mineral Blue John, or 'Derbyshire Spar'. A mysterious underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites, rocks, minerals and fossils.
Carved into black granite is a star chart that mirrors the northern hemispheres night sky. The seats denote the months of the year. By night, 72 lights illuminate the circle.
An enchanting Bronze Age stone circle located on Stanton Moor. Druids and pagans celebrate the summer solstice here. In spring, the moor is blanketed in pretty purple heather.
The cliffs in the ravine contain several caves that were occupied during the last ice age. Hundreds of 'witches' marks' - including an entrance to 'hell' - were recently found in caves at the crags.
This old jail building is ranked as one of the most haunted places in the UK. Derby Gaol and Police Museum is open every Saturday 11am til 3pm, apart from the last Saturday of every month.
Above the sleepy village of Birchover is an unusual rock outcropping. The rocks contain a number of caves and various features to suggest they may have ritualistic origins.
Just across the border in Nottinghamshire, take an eerie step back in time to the 1920s and discover how a grocer's family lived. The house has remained virtually unchanged since 1923.
Alongside the Derwent Dam in Derbyshire is a memorial stone dedicated to 'Tip' the sheepdog, who stayed by the body of her dead master Joseph Tagg on the Howden Moors for 15 weeks.
The reservoir served as a testing ground for bombers during the Second World War and the area is littered with the broken remains of crashed aircraft. Many report ghostly plane and UFO sightings here.