Belper River Gardens
Events in the Belper River Gardens before the First World War attracted as many as 8,000 people, each paying a shilling to enter. Now, admission is free, and the gardens are maintained by the Friends of Belper River Gardens and Amber Valley Borough Council.
Enjoy stunning views of the River Derwent, as you wander through these delightful River Gardens – the Jewel in Belper’s Crown.
The River Gardens Swiss Tearooms has been redesigned and is now open to welcome visitors.
What makes them special?
- George Herbert Strutt, a descendent of mill pioneer, Jedediah, created the River Gardens.
- When the Belper Boating Association was launched in 1905, their activities attracted so many on-lookers that a pleasure ground was created. The extensive landscaping included an arboretum, a bandstand for entertainment and tea rooms for refreshments.
- As well as a recreation area, the gardens were educational, with a wide variety of plants on show, all labelled.
- The Friends of Belper River Gardens is a voluntary non-profit making group formed to help look after the gardens.
What is there to see and do?
- The River Gardens have been described as Amber Valley’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’. They are an attractive setting for events throughout the summer months. Events include a well dressing festival in July, fortnightly Sunday band concerts from May to September.
- Boating on the river is popular during the summer. You can book rowing boats, pedaloes or ‘Swan’ boats at deepbeatentertainment.com/swisstearooms
- There is a play area for the children and a car park nearby.