Map of Attractions
Wander along the canal, or take a boat trip on the historic canal boat, Birdswood, watching out for its wonderful wildlife in this Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Arkwrights Cromford Mills
Discover the birthplace of the factory system and how the Derwent Valley changed the world at Cromford Mill’s visitor Centre. Also guided tours, exhibitions, restaurants, shops and the Arkwright Experience.
Built for Sir Richard Arkwright, Willersley Castle provides unparalleled views along the Derwent Valley.
John Smedley's Lea Mills
Visit John Smedley’s factory shop for a wide range of products including their exclusive Sea Island cotton and Merino wool ranges.
High Peak Junction Workshop
High Peak Junction – a countryside visitor centre housed in one of the world’s oldest surviving railway workshops
Make a date to see Leawood Pumphouse, a magnificent steam beam engine in action.
Strutt's North Mill
Come and explore inside this pioneering fire-proof cotton mill
Belper River Gardens
Belper River Gardens – the Jewel in Belper’s Crown with stunning views of the River Derwent
Darley Abbey Mills
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Darley Abbey Mills are the most complete 18th century mill complex in the world, built by the Evans family. The mill complex has been sympathetically restored and now houses several businesses, including a spectacular wedding venue.
Derby Silk Mill
Derby Silk Mill is expected to open as the Museum of Making in Spring 2021 and is the southern gateway to the World Heritage Site.
Enjoy the open space of unspoilt parkland, once part of the Evans family estate, with fine views of Derby.
Derby Museum and Art Gallery
The impressive Joseph Wright Gallery at Derby Museum and Art Gallery includes portraits, landscapes and scenes of industry directly relevant to the story of the Derwent Valley Mills.
Come and enjoy a peaceful journey along the beautiful Cromford Canal on historic narrowboat, Birdswood.