Bakewell Tourist Information Centre

Old Market Hall,
Bridge Street,
DE45 1DS

Opening times
1 April 2013 until 31 October 2013: 9:30am - 5:00pm
1 November 2012 until 31 March 2013: 10:30am - 4:30pm
Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day

Telephone: 01629 816558
Fax: 01629 814782

Bakewell Visitor Centre is fully accessible and ideally placed to welcome you to Bakewell and the ‘White Peak’ when you arrive. The centre is a joint venture between the Peak District National Park Authority and Derbyshire Dales District Council and is located in the atmospheric 17th century Old Market Hall.

The mezzanine floor houses a photographic gallery offering visitors the opportunity to experience the wonderful, dramatic landscapes the Peak District National Park has to offer.

How to get to Bakewell visitor centre
The centre is in the centre of the town next to the Market Place and close to the medieval bridge.

By bus: The TP bus operates an hourly service to and from Derby, Nottingham, Matlock and Buxton, with a two hourly service to Manchester. The 6.1 service also runs hourly from Derby and Matlock. The 170 service runs hourly to and from Chesterfield, and the 240 and 218 operates to and from Sheffield. Bus times can be found in the Peak District Bus Timetable, published in March and October. It is available from any Tourist Information Centre in the area or you can order the Peak District bus timetable online.. Alternatively, you can use the East Midlands online journey planner or view an interactive map of Peak District bus routes. 

By railway: The nearest stations to Bakewell are at Matlock, Chesterfield or Buxton, each having regular, frequent bus services to the town. For information on train times and fares on all these routes, you can call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950, or visit 

By road: The best exit points from the motorways are:

From the M1 - exit 29 to A617 westbound and then A619
Northbound on M6 - exit 14 to A34 and then on to the A520
Southbound on M6/M56/M60 - exit 27 on to the M60 and then on to the A6
From the north (Sheffield) take the A621 then A619 into Bakewell
From the south (Derby/Matlock) take the A6 into Bakewell
From the east (M1/Sheffield/Chesterfield) take the A619 into Bakewell
From the west (M6/Buxton) take the A6 into Bakewell

Visiting information
Access for visitors with disabilities

The visitor centre is fully accessible to visitors with disabilities. 

Access statement for Bakewell visitor centre

We aim to provide an excellent service to all visitors and continually strive to improve. 
We currently offer:

•    Selected information available in large print and audio
•    Fax and email available
•    Some maps can be emailed or posted

Arrival and car parking facilities
•    On-road disabled parking (three spaces) next to visitor centre
•    Coach drop-off point outside visitor centre
•    Short stay council pay and display car parking next to visitor centre
•    Nearest long stay pay and display car park 500 metres (Smith's Island)
•    Nearest accessible toilet 150m (next to Boots chemist)
•    Nearest baby changing facilities 150m (next to Boots chemist)
•    Wheelchair hire at the centre – phone for details and to book
•    Shopmobility operates on Fridays only at the Agricultural Business Centre

Main entrance and reception
•    Visitor centre is signed from all town centre car parks
•    Main entrance is through automatic sliding door 950mm wide
•    There is a short stone ramp rising 20mm over 120mm at the main entrance
•    Inside the visitor centre the floor has carpet tiles but is uneven in places
•    Main counter is split level 910mm with a 750mm high fold down section

Public areas - general (internal)
•    The ground floor has good circulation space between displays (minimum 960mm)
•    Spiral staircase (13 steps) to mezzanine floor has handrail on one side
•    Rear door to rear staircase 850mm wide
•    Rear staircase (15 steps) to mezzanine floor has handrail on one side
•    Access to lift 810mm wide via rear door
•    Lift capacity up to 400kg, lift door 900mm wide
•    Mezzanine floor National Park interpretation area has good circulation space (minimum 1200mm)
•    Ground floor accommodation booking desk 750mm high
•    Seating available on both ground floor and mezzanine
•    Hearing loop on main counter and accommodation desk
•    A selection of leaflets are available in large print and on CD
•    Radar keys on sale at the centre

Information service

  • National Park information, local and national tourist information
  • Local and national accommodation bookings
  • Public transport information, timetables and Day Rover tickets
  • Theatre programmes, theatre vouchers and Buxton Opera House tickets
  • Information and tickets for local events
  • Fax and photocopy service 

Retail area
Local arts and crafts, maps and guide books, gifts and clothing

The Peak District Photography Gallery has been created to highlight the special qualities of the National Park whilst supporting local professional landscape and wildlife photographers in the display and sale of their work. The gallery, located upstairs on the mezzanine floor presents a visual celebration of the Peak District National Park.