Eyam – The Plague Village

In a little village in the Peak District, Derbyshire called Eyam is the story of the plague village. Here at Make a Bucket List we love to bring you attractions worth a visit through the UK and this is one we enjoyed.

As well as the village itself having a number of relics from the plague, many of the original houses remain where the families lived, retaining their historical mystic.

In addition to this there are a couple of museums where you can gain an insight into village life. The Eyam Plague Museum is often described as a ‘tardis’ due to it seeming much larger on the inside than on the outside.

With an entrance price being as little as £2.50 for an adult and £2.00 for a child, the museum explains the plague story in full, from an external perspective throughout history, to the effect on the little village.

The story begins with pictorial description of events in London 1665 and describes the nature of the bubonic plague. The story of the Eyam outbreak itself begins with facsimiles from the Parish Register, wills, and other documents of the time. They also illustrate some of the supposed remedies for the Plague, many of which sound strange to us now.

Not far from the Plague Museum is the National Trusts, Eyam Hall and Craft Fayre. Eyam Hall, built in 1671, just six years after the plague intruded in Eyam, is a wonderfully unspoilt example of a grit-stone Jacobean manor house. Home of the Wright family for eleven generations, inside visitors can enjoy family portraits, and furniture belonging to each generation. Admission to the hall is £7.00 for adults and £3.50 for children.

The Centre, built in the Hall’s former stable yard, offers a vibrant hub from which to explore the wider village of Eyam and its captivating stories. Here you will find a collection of locally run craft units, an independent café and National Trust shop, providing the perfect place to find gifts, refreshments and information while enjoying your day in Eyam.

For a refreshment break why not visit The Miners Arms, Eyam Pub which is a delightful pub restaurant with bed and breakfast accommodation.

If you choose to stay over they have seven bed and breakfast rooms available including single and double rooms, all with en-suites in an elegant and classic décor with some original building features. Facilities such as televisions and tea/coffee making facilities are provided, and full English breakfast provided. With prices ranging from £45 for single rooms to £70 for double.

With a legendary plague history, fascinating stories and a setting amongst the beautiful Peak District a day in Eyam is a day to remember.