Travel information

You will be able to book here for the 2024 Illuminations

General parking

Car parking is available in Matlock Bath at the:

Please note that on fireworks nights car parks in and around Matlock Bath are likely to be full several hours before the Illuminations start. Please consider the park and ride option (below).

There are coach parking bays in the Station Car Park. This costs £5.50 for every 3 hours.

Nearby Matlock is well served by car parks and the regular train service runs from there to Matlock Bath. Matlock car parks include the 192-space Station Car Park (DE4 3NA) right next to the train and bus station.

Park & Ride

A Park & Ride service operates from 5pm to 10.30pm on Firework Saturdays & Sunday 29 October (4pm to 9.30pm) during the 2023 season from Cromford Meadows, Cromford (dropping off at Pavilion Car Park, Matlock Bath)(Sat Nav - DE4 3RQ / 53.110300,-1.553536)

Cost (return journey)

  • Adult: £2
  • Child: £1
  • Under 5s: Free

It is advisable to use the Park & Ride service after 5pm as the car parks in Matlock Bath may be full.

Train services to Matlock Bath

Trains usually operate to Matlock Bath from Derby, Nottingham and Matlock along the Derwent Valley Line every hour Monday to Saturday and, on Sundays, every two hours in the morning and then every hour from early afternoon until late evening.

Save £s

Travel to Matlock Bath by train, show your train ticket at the Derwent Gardens entrance and SAVE £1.50 on the admission price to the Illuminations on the night so long as the event hasn't already sold out.

The train service is operated by East Midlands Railway.

Train fares

Below are the return train fares from various major stations along the Derwent Valley Line to Matlock Bath:

  • Off peak day return*
  • From Matlock - Adult £1.30
  • From Belper - Adult £5.80
  • From Derby - Adult £7.50
  • From Nottingham - Adult £11.80

(* Off Peak Day Return is valid all day Saturday and Sunday and after 0900 on weekdays)

Children aged 5-15 travel at half the adult fare.


Buy Groupsave tickets to save 34% off adult tickets when you travel in a group of three to nine adults. Plus you can take up to four children with you for just £1 each. More information here.

Train timetable

View Nottingham to Matlock timetable on the East Midlands Railway website.

Discover more information about travel on the Derwent Valley line.

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Bus services to Matlock Bath

The 6.1 operates hourly throughout the day including late evening services on Saturdays between Derby, Belper, Wirksworth, Matlock Bath, Matlock and Bakewell offering opportunities to travel by bus after the firework displays. Find details of all the local bus services to Matlock Bath.

A-Z of services