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“Cromford Mills is the home of Sir Richard Arkwright’s first mill complex, birthplace of the modern factory system and internationally recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. What happened here in Cromford in the 1770’s changed the world we live in and today the site hosts a variety of visitor attractions, shops, cafes, exhibitions, guided tours and galleries for your enjoyment.”
“Cromford Wharf is the historic terminus of Cromford Canal. Built at the end of the 18th century, the wharf was designed to cater for large amounts of both incoming and outgoing traffic.
Cromford Canal offers something for everyone: It long since ended its role as a working canal but retains much of its historical interest. It now forms part of the the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.
It is the ideal location for a short stroll, a nature walk or a longer walk. Birdswood, a restored narrow boat, is run on scheduled trips through the year by the Friends of Cromford Canal. Open to all members of the public.”
“Birdswood is the historical narrow boat belonging to The Friends of Cromford Canal.
The boat and our gift shop are run entirely by our dedicated team of volunteers.
Birdswood runs scheduled trips throughout the year, open to members of the public.
Our exclusive charters make a personal venue for your private function.
Come and enjoy a peaceful journey along the Cromford Canal and get up close
to the fabulous wildlife and take in the amazing scenery.”
“This popular walking and climbing area has attractive circuit walks through adjoining woods, provided in cooperation with the Forestry Commission. The site has interesting wildlife walks through different types of deciduous and conifer woodland.
Black Rocks is a weathered outcrop of Ashover grit which can be reached by a short, but steep climb, from the car park.
The climb up onto the gritstone outcrop of Black Rocks is rewarded with superb views. Waymarked walks guide you through the Forestry Commission woodlands of Cromford Moor. You can access beautiful and varied countryside, including the High Peak Trail.
Refreshments are available at Black Rocks at weekends and during the high season.”
“Developed as one of the country’s first tourist destinations, Matlock Bath in Derbyshire retains much of the character and interest that impressed early visitors.
A popular destination for families, bikers and fun seekers, there are plenty of things to do and see. There is wide a variety of accommodation available for overnight stays and with good transport links it is a popular destination for a day trip. The Matlock Bath Illuminations are a popular feature from September to the end of October, when the riverside is decorated and the cliffs floodlit to create a magical scene of colour. At weekends there are parades of decorated boats, entertainments and, on certain dates, firework displays.
Things to do: An exciting cable car ride takes you up to The Heights of Abraham, where the wooded country park is crowned with the Victoria Prospect Tower. The Great Rutland and Masson Caverns are former lead mines that have been adapted as show caves. The Grand Pavilion houses a Tourist Point and the Peak District Mining Museum. For youngsters, the theme park of Gulliver’s offers hours of fun and enjoyment. There is also an aquarium and a photographic museum in the village. The Riverside Gardens and Lovers Walks offer gentle strolls away from the crowds, and nearby High Tor affords spectacular views from its lofty summit. The Derwent Valley Heritage Trail runs through the village.
Half a mile south of the village is the shopping complex and working textile museum at Masson Mills. There are lots of places to eat and drink and the village has a variety of gift shops.”
“Run by a small group of volunteers and set within six former limestone quarries in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales, on the edge of the Peak District National Park, and close to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, The NSC is a 50 acre site of Special Geological Scientific Interest offering outdoor and indoor activities for all.
• Outdoor fossil trails around our free to access site
• Visitor Centre with gift shop, Gastropod café and “Building Britain” Exhibition
• Geo walks and picnic areas”
“Lea Gardens is a Rhododendron Garden just outside the village of Lea, close to Matlock in Derbyshire. The Garden covers approximately three and a half acres, and is situated within a woodland area, with access paths which allow visitors to see the 500 or more varieties of rhododendrons, azaleas and other plants.
The Garden is open to the public for viewing and plant sales, and we also have a very popular Teashop. Parking is free, and well-behaved dogs (on a lead) are welcome in the Garden.”
“Chatsworth House is renowned for the quality of its art, landscape and hospitality, and it has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions and interests of succeeding generations.
Today, Chatsworth contains works of art that span 4,000 years, from ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture, and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese, to work by outstanding modern artists, including Lucian Freud, Edmund de Waal and David Nash.
There are over 30 rooms to explore, from the magnificent Painted Hall, regal State Rooms, restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery. In the guest bedrooms, meet an Edwardian lady’s maid who will reveal the secrets of her mistress’s suitcase of clothes.”
“Take a trip back in time to the 1760s at this spectacular Neo-classical mansion framed by historic parkland.
Designed for lavish entertaining and displaying an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and original furnishings, Kedleston is a stunning example of the work of architect Robert Adam.
The Curzon family have lived here since the 12th-century and continue to live at the Hall. Lord Curzon’s Eastern Museum is a treasure trove of fascinating objects acquired on his travels in Asia and while Viceroy of India (1899 to 1905).
• The long and short walks, offering beautiful vistas of the Kedleston Hall Park Land.
• Locations where Keira Knightley starred in ‘The Duchess’.
• Sections of the neo-classical mansion inspired by famous Roman architecture.”
“Haddon Hall has welcomed visitors for hundreds of years and its beauty and atmosphere never fails to enchant.
Described by Simon Jenkins in “1000 Best Houses” as “the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages”. Set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park, parts of the house date from the 12th Century, sitting like a jewel in its Elizabethan terraced gardens, and overlooking the River Wye.
Film-makers flock to Haddon Hall to use it as a location. The house and grounds have played host to no less than three versions of “Jane Eyre”. Screen credits also include “Elizabeth”, “Pride & Prejudice”, “The Other Boleyn Girl” and “The Princess Bride”, the cult classic movie in which Haddon Hall becomes Prince Humperdinck’s Castle and village.
Haddon has its own romantic tale – that of Dorothy Vernon’s elopement with John Manners. Little wonder Haddon Hall is recognised as one of the most romantic houses in Britain.”
“Set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District, the Old House Museum is an original Tudor dwelling. After nearly five hundred years of continuous use, the house was rescued from demolition in the 1950s. As a museum, it now plays host to a wide range of artifacts telling the story of the Peak District and beyond.”
Strutt’s North Mill Museum is at the heart of UNESCO’s Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, which is recognised as the birthplace of the
factory system, due to its pioneering water-powered textile production.
Strutt’s North Mill Museum tells the story of how Jedediah Strutt helped introduce mechanised cotton spinning to the Derwent Valley, sparking the Industrial Revolution, and transforming Belper into the world’s first cotton mill town.
Our displays also include original spinning and framework knitting machinery, locally ‘chevened’ stockings, the life of a Belper nailer, and the unique story of how Belper’s Samuel Slater became the ‘Father of the American Industrial Revolution’.”