A former spa town, Matlock is situated on the River Derwent. Before the Victorian era the town was a group of small villages centering on the Parish Church of St Giles, up above the house on a limestone outcrop. The Victorians brought wealth and prosperity to the town and surrounding area. The town owes much of its status to John Smedley. He built the imposing Smedley's Hydro (now County Hall) and Riber Castle, the imposing, mock medieval castle overlooking the town. Matlock has good facilities for shopping, leisure and recreation. Derwent House is adjacent to the green flag award winning Hall Leys Park. The park offers something for all ages. A quiet stroll along the river Derwent, feed the ducks on the boating pond, a children's play area with paddling pool and fountains and mini golf green. For older children there is a skate boarding park. Matlock provides the perfect gateway to the surrounding countryside and varied rural history.
The town has a large Sainsburys and Co-operative supermarket. The nearest Tesco supermarket is in Chesterfield. Home delivery service available.