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Chesterfield market


North Derbyshire's largest market town is perhaps most famous for the distinctive Crooked Spire that dominates its skyline.

Stories abound about the curiously twisted spire, but the truth is more commonplace. Originally built straight and covered with wooden shingles, which were later replaced by lead tiles – 32 tons of lead! Metal expands and contracts when heated by the sun, so the south facing side, in full sun, expands more than the north facing side which rarely sees the sun. These two factors are the likely reason for the spire’s unusual shape.

Climb the tower to the base of the spire of the Parish Church of St Mary and All Saints for a close up view of the spire and a panoramic view across the town and beyond.

Chesterfield is a paradise for shoppers, with its handsome Market Hall and cobbled Market Place, with regular general, flea, vegan and artisan markets and a monthly record fair.

Nearby in the Shambles are a cluster of independent shops and cafés, while you'll find famous High Street names in the Pavements and Vicar Lane Shopping Centres.

Chesterfield Museum is currently undergoing a £multi-million renovation and reimagining, due to open in 2026 but other attractions in the town centre include Queen’s Park and Chesterfield Games Quarter with virtual reality gaming stations, retro arcade consoles, roleplaying games and Escape Rooms.

Take a short drive to Revolution House at Old Whittington, where three local noblemen met to begin planning the overthrow James II in favour of his daughter Mary and her Dutch husband, William of Orange. William and Mary landed in Torbay in November 1688 and James fled to France.

Eating out is a gourmet experience, thanks to everything from high end restaurants and welcoming cafes and tea rooms to gastro and real ale pubs. The town has French, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Greek and Indian to try. You can also enjoy live drama, music, comedy and much more at The Winding Wheel theatre.

Right on the doorstep you'll find major attractions like the National Trust's Hardwick Hall, impressive Bolsover Castle and the Palace of the Peak, Chatsworth.




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  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop
  • Postbox
  • Public toilets

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  • Coach parties accepted


Map & Directions

Road Directions

For the town centre, follow the signs for Chesterfield Market which is signposted from all town centre car parks.

From North/South Leave M1 at junction 29 and follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select left lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select right lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Keep in right lane and, at traffic lights go straight on. Follow road round Crooked Spire Church and, at traffic lights select right lane and go straight on. At next traffic lights select left lane and go straight on. Follow road through traffic lights and take first left turn 100 yards past Barley Mow Pub (Rose Hill East). Turn right into Rose Hill car park behind Town Hall.

From East Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway, then follow route from North/South.

From West Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) select middle lane and take 2nd exit turning left into Rutland Road. Select right hand lane and, at traffic lights at top of hill, turn right. Take 3rd right turning (Rose Hill East). Turn right into Rose Hill car park behind Town Hall.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest train station Chesterfield, 15 minute walk away

Any bus to Chesterfield town centre

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