Red House Stables

Red House Stables Working Carriage Museum


Red House Stables Working Carriage Museum has one of the best collections of original horse drawn vehicles and equipment in Britain.

Established in 1946, this unique collection of vehicles and accessories was started by Mr. William Smith who was very particular about the authenticity and immaculate condition of each carriage. This tradition is now continued by his daughter Caroline Dale-Leech, who has spent her life with horses and driving, learning from her Grandfather as well as her father.


The present collection of carriages includes one of the very few surviving Hansom Cabs, a Stage Coach, Royal Mail Coach & numerous other private and commercial vehicles.
One of the more unusual aspects of the collection is that it is a working museum and the owner, Caroline Dale-Leech, ensures that the vehicles are regularly out on the road being used, not locked away behind closed doors. Visitors are welcome to browse around at their leisure.


Tours by Coach & Team of Four Horses or Carriage & Pair of Horses.
Situated on the edge of the PeakDistrictNational Park
we invite you aboard our original Road Coach behind a magnificent team of four grey Dutch Gelderlanders or Landau & Pair of Horses to experience a truly unforgettable tour as we travel in style through the Derbyshire Dales taking in the beautiful scenery of this stunning area. Carriage rides can be arranged from 1/2 hour local trips to a 3-4 hour tour to Chatsworth House & return.


Red House Stables Carriage Museum,

Old Road,

Darley Dale,





Visit Red House Stables website for details of opening times.

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015