Glossop is a small town located on the edge of the Peak District. It lies in the county of Derbyshire, which is officially part of the East Midlands (though most residents would consider themselves part of the Northwest of England).

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The Globe

A friendly and quirky pub serving cheap and tasty vegan food and a range of real ales, ciders, etc. There is a small live music venue in an upstairs room with a varied programme and free folk-music jamming sessions in the bar on a Monday night. The own-brew beers have attracted mixed reviews.

Partington Players Theatre

a 120-seat theatre in the centre of Glossop showing plays for a week 6 times each season. They also have occasional live music, films and visiting productions .

DO   —  Map

The Bulls Head

Public House, Restaurant & Guest House. Mobile: +44 7876 744061. Restaurant and bar. Tel: +44 1457 853291.

The George Hotel

Set in the centre of town, this hotel makes an ideal base for a visit to the area.

SLEEP   —  +44 1457 855449 —  Norfolk Street

Wren Nest Mill

Remaining building of cotton mill built between 1800 and 1818.

SEE   —  High Street West

Avondale Guest House

Mobile: +44 7784 764969

SLEEP   —  +44 1457 853132 —  28 Woodhead Road

Windy Harbour Farm Hotel

Woodhead Rd, Glossop

SLEEP   —  +44 1457 853107 —  Woodhead Road


Site of Roman fort

About Glossop

Glossop is at the northwestern extremity of Derbyshire and the Peak District, close to the borders with Greater Manchester and Yorkshire. It also lies at the start of two of the most infamous Pennine passes, the Snake and Woodhead passes. Its main development is owed to the 19th-century cotton industry which generated the wealth to build much of the town we see today, although the cotton industry has since declined and almost disappeared from the region. Despite this, the historic mill buildings still dominate the town, such as those at Wren Nest and Howardtown, both of which are undergoing major transformations into new multi-use buildings including retail, leisure and residential.

Glossop is predominantly a commuter town for the nearby conurbation of Greater Manchester, where quite often people have moved to enjoy a more relaxed and laid-back quality of life whilst enjoying the benefits of living near a city. It has a regular market, the usual range of high street chain stores and some independent shops. It attracts tourists mainly due to its good transport links with the surrounding Peak District National Park and its stunning countryside, though the town itself is not without interest and parts (e.g. Manor Park, Old Glossop) are quite attractive. It is not of any administrative significance due to its geographic location and local government structures. The population of the town (2001 Census) is 32,428.

Map of Derbyshire showing the geographical location of Glossop within Derbyshire
Map of Derbyshire showing the geographical location of Glossop within Derbyshire

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