Sheffield is the closest large city, and the Peak District National Park is easily accessible from Dronfield. Dronfield is an old market town that predates the 1086 Domesday Book, and was conquered by William the Conqueror as he sought to bring the north of England under his control. Dronfield began to develop in the 16th century as coal mining began to develop in the region. The city, along with the rest of the region, continued to develop over the next few centuries as the area experienced industrialization during Industrial Revolution. Present-day Dronfield has managed to retain a number of its historic buildings from the past. The St. John the Baptist Parish Church is one of the oldest buildings in the city, having been built in the 12th century. One of the highlights of the church is its 42 meter spire that towers over the city. A more modern piece of architecture in the city is the Gosforth Fields Sports Complex. The complex is home to a number of the local sports teams, and is widely regarded as one of the best facilities in the north of England for amateur sports. Hikers will enjoy the Dronfield 2000 Rotary Walk; the trail forms a circular walk that stretches 23.3 km around the town. Dronfield has excellent rail links to cities througout the Midlands and beyond, including Leeds, Sheffield, Birmingham, and London. Once in Dronfield, there are a number of excellent hotels in the area for tourists looking for hotels in the cheap hotels category. Kenwood Hall and Leopold Hotel are four star hotels in the Dronfield area. The Psalter and the Brecon Hotel are options in the Dronfield area that are more appropriate for those tourists looking to stay on their budget. The reader is advised to check for hotels online and compare hotels prior to making the decision to book a hotel. There are also a number of excellent bed & breakfast options in Dronfield area, including including the Sherriff Lodge and the Peak District Spa. Dronfield, like most English towns, has plenty of pub options. The Devonshire Arms at Dore is a traditional family pub that the visitor can grab either a pint or enjoy excellent pub grub. The Castle Inn at Bradway is located in a beautiful historic building on the outskirts of Dronfield. And the Horns Inn is a traditional village pub found on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District.