Explorers Retreat at Gulliver's Resort Matlock Bath
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Explorers Retreat at Gulliver's Resort Matlock Bath

Temple Walk, Matlock Bath, Matlock DE4 3PG England
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The Explorers Retreat is a fantastic destination for families. Discover pirate, princess and wizard cabins. The resort is beautifully laid out with themed accommodation overlooking the magnificent Derwent Valley and in close proximity to more than 50 rides, attractions and shows. The self contained cabins are perfect for those seeking a great adventure, away from the traditional hotel experience. Surrounded by the magnificent Peak District, it's the perfect retreat for explorers wishing to discover all that the local area has to offer including caverns, rivers and moors - perfect for walking, cycling or simply exploring! Matlock Bath is just a two minute walk away, the town has a park, cycleways and plenty of footpaths. Stay and play packages include entry to Gulliver's Kingdom theme park.
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Free parking
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Temple Walk, Matlock Bath, Matlock DE4 3PG England
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lucyjenniaiden wrote a review Feb 2020
Mablethorpe, United Kingdom7 contributions1 helpful vote
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Last minute booking just for the night. Lovely warm room, had to turn radiator down.. Freezing outside with storm Ciara blowing a gale?? Small fridge, kettle microwave and sink with cutlery, plastic glasses and mugs in the small kitchen area with usual few sachets for making tea/coffee. Kids really loved their little room, amazed how cleverly the 3 bunks were designed in a small space! Great views over matlock bath from our veranda, although lots and lots of rain! Friendly helpful lady on reception. Double bed was incredibly comfortable..would love to know what mattress it was as haven't slept this comfortably for a long time? Accommodation is in shipping containers we realised but we just thought it added to its quirkiness :)
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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BusyMumOfSix wrote a review Jul 2020
Wallsend, United Kingdom16 contributions2 helpful votes
+1
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked a weekend in a pirate room on impulse as the kids have been NOWHERE because of the lockdown and needed a little treat as we are not planning on going abroad this year due to current situation.
The staff are so friendly especially the young man who checked us in and out and nothing was a problem to him, he was so happy to help.
The pirate room was amazing, well decorated and great for kids. My boys 5,12 & 14 loved it. There was a sink, microwave, kettle and mini fridge which was great. LCD tv in the main room with YT, Netflix etc. and smaller screen with DVD player in the kids triple bunk room.
Everything was clean and I felt comfortable in the fact it had been adequately cleaned before arrival. Full bathroom with bath and shower, clean towels only thing I had to ask for was another loo roll as there was only 1 supplied but again it was no problem and I didn’t have to wait.
Reception had drinks (alcoholic and non) to purchase and was open until late. We sat out both nights on the picnic tables outside the room and kids played. There is a small play slide set just outside the rooms so smaller kids can play within sight.
The hotel is within a stones throw of bars, amusements, fish and chip shops, aquarium, pizza shops, mining museum and sweet and ice cream shops. And a few minutes by car are restaurants, bars, McDonalds, Greggs, Sainsbury’s etc.
We booked tickets for the Gulliver's Kingdom theme park separately to room. The park is a little dated as previous reviews I’ve read but it is adequate for the smaller kids who aren’t adrenaline junkies and is good value for money at £15 a ticket. 2 of my boys are autistic and the younger one (5) is in a disability buggy which was a mission to push around as some of the ramps are sooo steep! So not really buggy/wheelchair friendly at all! Walking children will be shattered by the end so they will sleep well that night 😂
Food and drink in the park is reasonably priced for a theme park also. A map on entry would be helpful as there were things we missed and found on the way back up.
As far as the accommodation goes a pin pad/electronic fob exit gate into the accommodation area would be an excellent addition as there is non at the moment so if you’ve forgotten anything or need to pop back and forth with younger kids you need to walk ALL the way round which is time/energy consuming due to the hilly terrain.
All in all this is a hidden gem of a short break and I would definitely visit again, especially if they consider the hotel/park gate for residents!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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GaryBrett wrote a review Aug 2020
Peterborough, United Kingdom213 contributions39 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a great find this place is, lovely staff especially Sean/Shaun who really couldn't do enough to assist us and everyone else it seemed, he seemed to be running the place on his own, cleaning, reception and bar! Whatever your paying him, pay more hes a gem.

We stayed in the Promenade rooms, they are the cheapest but for us were absolutely perfect, brilliant theme, setting, spotlessly clean with everything we needed for a short stay. You may want to upgrade if anything longer than a few nights but overall spot on. Nice to have the communal area out the front to have a beer, chat to other guests etc, really nice touch.

Location is perfect too, right at the gates of Gulliver's and short downhill stroll into Matlock, 5 minutes down, 15 minutes up though, those hills are killers!

we would definitely come back here even if we weren't going Gulliver's, its lovely and very safe if your concerned about Covid-19.
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Date of stay: August 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Promenade rooms are great for outside space, communal and views for 2/3 nights. Anything longer...
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Lhh89 wrote a review Jul 2021
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom17 contributions3 helpful votes
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for 2 nights in one of the pirate rooms & explored the park during our first day & Matlock bath and near by Bakewell on the second day. Our kids are 2 and 6 and both loved the room, especially the bunk beds where they had their own little section away from us with a TV- dvd player. Our 2 year old really enjoyed finding the hidden mice painted around the room! The main bed was comfy, though I would say to take your own pillows, as the ones provided are extremely thin. I would also recommend taking your own plates/cutlery/cups etc if you want to eat breakfast or anything else in your room, as there were only 2 mugs provided. All in all we were very happy with the room. The on site evening entertainment was also a massive hit with the kids (and us!) We were sad we couldn't attend the second night as 2 of us had come down with bad colds and didn't want to risk passing anything on during these times (tests were neg as it happened but better to be safe than sorry) Wanted to give a shout out to the young blonde waitress (sorry didn't catch her name) who was amazing with the kids & very apologetic to me when the drink I ordered was not available. Nothing was too much trouble for her and you could tell she loved her job, and if she didn't, she did a fantastic job of disguising it haha!

The park itself was fantastic. Perfect for our kids ages. Our 2 year old is tall for her height so luckily could go on the majority of the rides, though do check before going if like us you have a particularly young dare devil! The rides and park as a whole, were best suited to under 10s, but there were a few rides that would keep older children occupied. Plenty of choices for food and drinks throughout the park and if like us you have a potty training toddler..lots of toilets spread out throughout the park! A very positive bonus for us right now! We found the staff throughout to be extremely helpful, welcoming and friendly. The park is VERY hilly so may be something to consider if you or a member of your party have walking difficulties or have young children still in pushchairs. Our 2 and 6 year old managed fine, but they are very seasoned walkers for their ages and even they were shattered by the end of the day!

Matlock Bath itself is beautiful. Its only a 4 or 5 minute walk from the park. There are plenty of arcades to keep little ones entertained. Lots of cafes, ice creams shops etc as well as a few pubs and takeaways. Lots of lovely areas to walk and explore.

All in all a wonderful little break away which was just what we all needed after the last year or so of covid restrictions! 2 very happy kids (and parents!) and we will most certainly be back next year at some point for another little break!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Lisa Y wrote a review Jul 2020
Chesterfield, United Kingdom15 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in a pirate suite with two young children (4 & 2). We had originally booked the cheapest room available, but when we arrived, the themed areas looked so good we asked if we could pay extra and upgrade! I’m so glad we did this! It only took an extra 10 mins after check in time for us to be in, despite it being last minute on our own part. The room was great- kids in bunk beds partitioned off by a curtain which felt exciting for them and gave us the best nights sleep we’ve had staying in a family hotel room. The kids had their own tv and DVD player and a wide selection of DVDs available from reception. The room as a whole had cool finishing touches that our 4 year old daughter loved- treasure maps, compasses and the likes. She especially loved spotting the mice painted around the room! Fabulous balcony with gorgeous views. Staff were so friendly and helpful too.
My only very minor gripes are the check in/check out times are a little bit stingy (4pm & 10am respectively). Also, it would be lovely if they had a small restaurant at the hotel as it on quite a steep hill.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Gemab20 wrote a review Jul 2020
8 contributions22 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Visited with my Dad and Daughter. Stayed in the pirate room; very imaginative and the details were great. Had a little balcony and kichenete which was handy for warming milk and making porridge in the morning. Daughter loved the 3 Bunk Beds,particularly as the room was sectioned off with a curtain and she had her own tv and DVD player. Large range of DVDs to borrow from reception. Little play area outside and benches. Gullivers are taking hygiene very seriously down to the sanitised pens in reception, felt very safe. Finally big shout out to Shaun, so welcoming and professional, a credit to the resort. Will be back!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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SuperstarBJ wrote a review Jun 2021
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom171 contributions40 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been we before and if you catch it on a deal it’s not to badly priced but if not it can be pretty expensive for what is essentially a 2 / 3 star hotel with a theme - the kids love the rooms is the only reason we rebooked and it’s proximity to the park I would say the pirate rooms have more thought an effort put into them also.The views over Matlock are fantastic and it’s great to sit on the balcony with a coffee first thing in the morning and in the afternoon in the summer you can enjoy the company of lots of wasps.The rooms are basic with tea and coffee making facilities and a microwave and a small fridge for drinks ( ie few cans and a bottle of wine and it’s full) on this trip no cutlery bowls or plates ( this maybe covid ? ) the drains still smell bad as the did in the other block and the toilet seat needed replacement which it was clear was old and tired with bits missing.Parking can be an issue with people arriving and leaving overlapping as they go to the park for the day but overall ok staff are fine and they now have food and drink options available on site which was not the case on the last trip breakfast cobs pizza it changes daily or you can Uber a Mac Ds or a Dominos etc to you room - over all it’s a great spot the staff are nice and friendly the rooms just need a little more tlc and the bathrooms could do with a bit of money being spent would I go again yes on a deal and the kids loved the park
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Take cutlery and bowls and plates think of it as glamping and take the stuff you would need...
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Nicola W wrote a review Aug 2021
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in a pirate suite for 2 nights and I was so surprised at how amazing and detailed the pirate theme was. Definitely value for money. Especially when you compare it to other stay and play packages. My boys are aged 3 and 5 and absolutely loved staying in their pirate room. It was really clean and modern and the facilities were great. We even had a little bag of breakfast goodies in the room when we arrived which I wasn't expecting. The kids had a dvd player and tv in the little cubby where their bunks were and you could hire dvds free of charge from reception.
The staff were very friendly and so engaged. Some of them worked very long days but were always happy and friendly and great with the kids all day. The evening entertainment was excellent. I didn't realise when I booked that they had any. Again the staff on an evening were excellent and made it really magical and exciting for the kids. There was bingo, mini disco and a movie night with milk and cookies while we were there.
The food was lovely. They are running a limited menu at the moment like most places but what they did have was great and the pizzas and garlic breads were delicious.
The theme park was brilliant for our boys. Even the 3 year old could go on most rides along with an adult. We had planned on having a trip to matlock bath on one of the days but the kids enjoyed the park so much that we spent our entire time there.
The park is on a hill and so the kids were nice and tired out by the end of the day. I did see someone wearing heels. Don't make the same mistake. You will definitely need some comfy shoes to get up and down those hills.
I am already looking at booking to go back next year and plan on bringing some friends along. Such a special place.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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lambownumber5 wrote a review Aug 2021
Sheffield, United Kingdom1,044 contribution265 helpful votes
+1
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Having stayed in ceebebies resort, we had a decent benchmark with which to compare this stay (appologies if I keep harping on about Ceebeebies resort in this review).

We went for the 'economy option' and opted for the Promenade rooms priced at £86 a night for room only which were basically a series of steel shipping containers piled together with one door and one window at either end. On arrival the setting is very impressive; forming part of an annexe to Gullivers Kingdom which in turn clings onto the pine covered hills of Matlock Bath. Based on the rooms being labelled Promenade rooms and being modelled on Victorian beach huts; I was prepared for them being fairly restricted in space but I've felt less claustrophobic on confined space courses. The bathroom was particularly testing with the undertaking of any task made difficult due to the space constraints. Having said that the shower was very powerfull and the sink built into the toilet cistern was novel.

As our toddler point blank refused to sleep in the upper bunk beds; I was forced to undertake the steep climb up there and endured the resulting continual banging of my head on the ceiling imminently above. Even staying inside the resort; it's hard to see the value for the cost, its true that there isn't much accommodation within the town but at least at Ceebeebies land its clear that your paying for the entertainment thrown in so you can understand the price.
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Robin L wrote a review Sept 2021
3 contributions4 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed in one of the promenade rooms. It is essentially a storage container. Very small and tiny bathroom. Bunk beds are hard to get in and out due to the low ceiling. The worst part was the very bad smell coming from the middle of the room, rotten cheese/fish smell, quite overpowering and nothing we could do to cover it up. We borrowed a DVD to watch from reception as they suggest - but found out not all of the rooms have DVD players in them. Breakfast is a mini muffin/croissant and orange unless you pay £3.50 for a sausage in a bun. Definitely not worth the money.
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Date of stay: August 2021
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Don't stay in the promenade rooms
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Answer from steviej73
Whitwell, United Kingdom34 contributions58 helpful votes
You can drink in the seating area next to reception and upstairs if entertainment on.
Answer from Jet548587
7 contributions1 helpful vote
Sorry can’t recall any fridge -
Sue M wrote a tip Dec 2023
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Check the bed and room for cleanliness before paying!"
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Nicky wrote a tip Oct 2023
Cheadle, United Kingdom148 contributions25 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you can get to stay in the Willow part of the resort"
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Emma h wrote a tip Sept 2023
103 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't wear crocs/sandals or flip flops as 2 of the activities you can't do if you do. "
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2261 wrote a tip May 2023
Hooton Roberts, United Kingdom17 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you drink alcohol take your own,there’s a fridge in the room."
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4kevin wrote a tip Nov 2022
8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"It's a steep climb from town to venue so if your walking be prepared "
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Frequently Asked Questions about Explorers Retreat at Gulliver's Resort Matlock Bath
Which popular attractions are close to Explorers Retreat at Gulliver's Resort Matlock Bath?
Nearby attractions include Peak District Mining Museum (0.1 miles), Matlock Bath Aquarium & Exhibitions (0.3 miles), and Gulliver's Kingdom (0.03 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Explorers Retreat at Gulliver's Resort Matlock Bath?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and kids activities.
What food & drink options are available at Explorers Retreat at Gulliver's Resort Matlock Bath?
Guests can enjoy breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Explorers Retreat at Gulliver's Resort Matlock Bath?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Explorers Retreat at Gulliver's Resort Matlock Bath?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kostas Fish Bar, Charles Restaurant, and The Fishpond.
Is Explorers Retreat at Gulliver's Resort Matlock Bath located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the centre of Matlock Bath.
Are there any historical sites close to Explorers Retreat at Gulliver's Resort Matlock Bath?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Lumsdale Valley (2.0 miles), Cromford Mills (0.7 miles), and Masson Mills (0.4 miles).
Is Explorers Retreat at Gulliver's Resort Matlock Bath accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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