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Wirksworth Heritage Centre

Market Place
Wirksworth DE4 4ET

storyofwirksworth.co.uk

Wirksworth Heritage Centre tells the 'story of Wirksworth' a unique town set in the heart of Derbyshire. From a prehistoric woolly rhino to the history of lead mining and quarrying, Wirksworth has a fascinating history - words, pictures and memories bring this history to life.

Sutton Scarsdale Hall

Sutton cum Duckmanton
Chesterfield S44 5UR

english-heritage.org.uk

Work has recently been carried out by English Heritage to make the ruins of this 16th-century house safe. Visitors can now see the fragments of its former rich plaster decoration.

Sudbury Hall & the National Trust Museum of Childhood

Sudbury Hall and The Museum of Childhood
Sudbury DE6 5HT

nationaltrust.org.uk

Sudbury Hall is a 17th century house situated in the picturesque village of Sudbury in Derbyshire. It was built by the Vernon family and contains exquisite examples of craftsmanship, including an impressive wood carving by Grinling Gibbons.

Strutt's North Mill

Derwent Valley Visitor Centre, North Mill, Bridgefoot
Belper DE56 1YD

belpernorthmill.org.uk

Jedediah Strutt began building mills in Belper in 1776. The North Mill was rebuilt after a fire in 1803 to a 'fire-proof' design by Jedediah's son William. Collections: Some original and some replica machines displays the evolution of cotton spinning from cottage industry to factory system, from drop spindle and spinning wheel through to Hargreaves jenny, water-frame and Crompton.

Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills

Derby Road
Matlock Bath DE4 3PY

massonmills.co.uk

Sir Richard Arkwright's 1783 showpiece Masson Mills on the River Derwent at Matlock Bath are the finest and best preserved example of an Arkwright cotton mill. The Masson Mill pattern of design was influential in nascent British and American cotton mill construction. Collections: The collection contains diverse items from the British textile industry from its foundations in the late 18th century and illustrates the Legacy of Sir Richard Arkwright.

Sir John Moore Heritage Centre

Appleby Magna DE12 7AH

sirjohnmoore.org.uk

17th century school building, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Sir William Wilson. Many original architectural features from the seventeeth, 18th and 19th centuries remain.

Silk Mill, The

Silk Mill Lane, Off Full Street
Derby DE1 3AF

derby.gov.uk

The Silk Mill, Derby's Museum of Industry and History, is on the site of the world's oldest factories, the Silk Mills built by George Sorocold in 1702 and 1717. The foundations and parts of the tower from the 1717 mill are still visible.

Shardlow Heritage Centre

London Wharf, London Road, Shardlow
Derby DE72 2GA

which.net

Visit Shardlow and its Heritage Centre for a fascinating insight into this 18th century canal transhipment port. Follow the village trail, on sale at the Heritage Centre..

Revolution House

61 High Street, Old Whittington
Chesterfield S41 9LA

chesterfieldmuseum.co.uk

The Revolution House, in the Derbyshire village of Old Whittington, three miles north of Chesterfield, takes its name from the Revolution of 1688. Three hundred years ago, this cottage was an alehouse, the 'Cock and Pynot' ('Pynot' is a dialect word for magpie), and it was here, as history and tradition relate, that three local noblemen- the Earl of Devonshire (from nearby Chatsworth), the Earl of Danby and Mr John D'Arcy met to begin planning their part in the overthrow of James II.

Renishaw Hall

Renishaw Park
Renishaw S21 3WB

renishaw-hall.co.uk

Renishaw Hall is rightly celebrated for its stunning Italianate gardens, laid out in 1895 by Sir George Sitwell (1860 - 1943), great-grandfather of Alexandra Sitwell, the current owner. The gardens boast several 'rooms' each with their own names such as the ball room and secret garden, which house species of hellebores, delphiniums and camellias among many others. The Hall is beautifully decorated by generations of Sitwell's yet visitors will still find evidence of the Hall as a modern family home.

Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust, The

The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust's West Shed Museum, Midland Railway - Swanwick Junction site
Ripley DE5 3QZ

prclt.co.uk

The West Shed is home to The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust - a voluntary organisation formed in 1993 to look after and promote the historic locomotives in its care. The West Shed houses a collection of historic steam locomotives and railway coaches, whose history is told through display boards, audio commentary domes, animatronic figures and a mini-cinema with short films.

Pickford's House Museum of Georgian Life & Costume

41 Friar Gate
Derby DE1 1DA

derby.gov.uk

You can see the ground floor dining room, drawing room and morning room as they might have been in Joseph Pickford's time. A Georgian bedroom and dressing room have been recreated on the first floor, while on the top floor there is a servant's bedroom complete with straw mattress.

Peveril Castle - English Heritage

Market Place, Castleton
Hope Valley S33 8WQ

goo.gl

Perched high above the pretty village of Castleton, the castle offers breathtaking views of the Peak District. Founded soon after the Norman Conquest of 1066 by William Peverel, one of King William's most trusted knights, it played an important role in guarding the Peak Forest area. Following extensive conservation work on the keep, a walk-way erected at first floor level enables visitors to enter two chambers previously inaccessible: a medieval garderobe, and a small room with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.

National Stone Centre

Porter Lane
Wirksworth DE4 4LS

nationalstonecentre.org.uk

Telling the Story of Stone - history, science, technology, art, environment - in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales on the edge of the Peak District. A dramatic site steeped in industrial history, ecology, displaying 330 million year old fossil tropical reefs.

Moira Furnace Museum & Country Park

Furnace Lane Moira
Swadlincote DE12 6AT

moirafurnace.org

Moira Furnace is an early 19th century blast furnace built to manufacture iron. Unfortunately, the furnace was not a great success and by 1811 it had closed down and been converted into housing for miners.

Midland Railway Centre

Butterley Station
Ripley DE5 3QZ

midlandrailway-butterley.co.uk

Butterley Station is the entrance to the Midland Railway - Butterley and everything that you see has been built since the Midland Railway Trust arrived in 1973. At that time the railway was derelict and all the buildings had been bulldozed.

Kedleston Hall - National Trust

Kedleston
Quarndon DE22 5JH

nationaltrust.org.uk

Neo-classical mansion with Adam interiors, landscape gardens and park Masterpiece of neo-classical architecture, designed by Robert Adam. * Eastern Museum filled with the collections of Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India * Lovely gardens, with celebrated displays of azaleas and rhododendrons (June).

Hardwick Hall - National Trust

Doe Lea
Chesterfield S44 5QJ

nationaltrust.org.uk

One of the most splendid houses in England. Built by Bess of Hardwick in the 1590s, and unaltered since: yet its huge windows and high ceilings make it feel strikingly modern.

Eyam Hall & Craft Centre - National Trust

Main Street
Eyam S32 5QW

goo.gl

Nearly 350 years ago the community village of Eyam made the ultimate sacrifice to prevent the spread of the deadly plague - their own lives. To help you explore some of these stories we've created a number of walks starting from Eyam Hall. 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.

Donington Grand Prix Collection

Donington Park, Castle Donington
Derby DE74 2RP

goo.gl

The Donington Grand Prix Exhibition is, quite simply, the largest collection of Grand Prix racing cars in the world. Five halls, with over 130 exhibits, illustrate the history of motor sport from the turn of the 20th century.

Derby Cathedral

Iron Gate
Derby DE1 3GP

derbycathedral.org

Like all other Cathedrals, Derby is much more than a beautiful building. It is, as its constitution states, 'the seat of the Bishop and a centre of worship and mission'.

Crich Tramway Village/National Tramway Museum

Crich Tramway Village, Crich
Matlock DE4 5DP

tramway.co.uk

Take a tram ride through time. Step aboard a vintage tram and travel back in time along a recreated village street complete with working pub. Collections: Home to over 70 trams and a host of associated equipment, the museum has sought to acquire an example of each important stage in the evolution of the British tramcar, a vehicle that dramatically influenced the growth of towns and cities. Significant foreign tramcars are also included.

Chatsworth

Bakewell DE45 1PP

chatsworth.org

The 'Palace of the Peak' contains one of Europe's finest private collections of treasures, displayed in more than 30 rooms, from the grandeur of the 1st Duke's painted hall and state apartments with their rich decoration and painted ceilings, to the 19th century library, great dining room and sculpture gallery. Throughout the house, there are magnificent displays of paintings, including work by Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Freud, furniture, silver, tapestries and porcelain and a gallery of neo-classical sculptures.

Caudwell's Mill & Craft Centre

Bakewell Road, Rowsley
Matlock DE4 2EB

caudwellscrafts.co.uk

Caudwell's Mill Craft Centre is set in the most beautiful surroundings and the relaxing and informal atmosphere make it a unique place for an interesting day out. Whether you are just stopping to shop and have a coffee with friends or planning a family day trip, taking in the Mill and workshops, you will enjoy a friendly welcome and marvel at the stunning Derbyshire countryside.

Calke Abbey - National Trust

Calke
Ticknall DE73 1LE

nationaltrust.org.uk

Vivid example of a great country house in decline, with extraordinary contents, historic park and restored garden. * Baroque mansion with unique collections of curiosities * Invisible corridors, underground tunnels and a secret garden.

Bolsover Cundy House

Bolsover S44 6BQ

goo.gl

This 17th-century conduit house used to supply water to Bolsover Castle. It has recently been restored, with a solid stone-vaulted roof.

Bolsover Castle - English Heritage

Castle Street, Bolsover
Chesterfield S44 6PR

goo.gl

Bolsover is a 17th century house built on the site of a Norman fortress and is a wonderful place to meander and muse. See the fairytale house, designed as a fantasy house for entertaining, of rooms stacked on top of one another to create the 'Little Castle' with its range of charming and spectacular interiors.

Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre

Campbell Drive, Barrow Hill
Chesterfield S43 2PR

barrowhill.org.uk

We have over 60 diesel, steam and electric locomotives on the site, and more are brought in for the Steam and Diesel galas. Our archive room is full of books, videos, magazines, photographs and much more, which have all been kindly donated to the Barrow Hill Engine Shed Society.