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Cromford Canal

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.

Cromford Canal Wharf

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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.

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Willersley Castle

Built for Sir Richard Arkwright, Willersley Castle provides unparalleled views along the Derwent Valley.

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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.

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High Peak Junction Workshop

High Peak Junction – a countryside visitor centre housed in one of the world’s oldest surviving railway workshops

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Leawood Pumphouse

Make a date to see Leawood Pumphouse, a magnificent steam beam engine in action.

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Strutt's North Mill

Come and explore inside this pioneering fire-proof cotton mill

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Belper River Gardens

Belper River Gardens – the Jewel in Belper’s Crown with stunning views of the River Derwent


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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.

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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.

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Darley Park

Enjoy the open space of unspoilt parkland, once part of the Evans family estate, with fine views of Derby.

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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.

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Come and enjoy a peaceful journey along the beautiful Cromford Canal on historic narrowboat, Birdswood.

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