Derbyshire played a vital role in the Industrial Revolution and has a wide range of sites of historic interest and incredible places to visit.
The county led the way in industrial and social change that eventually spread across the world. From seeing Sir Richard Arkwright’s imposing mills at Cromford to riding vintage trams at Crich, or experiencing the life of a lead miner in Matlock Bath to touring a stately home, there’s so much to explore and experience in Derbyshire that you might never want to leave!
Attractions in the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site
Birdswood Canal Boat: Take a trip into the past on this historic narrow boat, with scheduled trips down the Cromford Canal.
Crich Tramway Village: Step back in time in a recreated period street and then hop on board a vintage tram.
Cromford Mills: Visit Cromford Mills for a complete day out, and experience the Gateway to exploring the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Learn about Sir Richard Arkwright, another pioneer of the Industrial Revolution.
John Smedley Mill: John Smedley have been designing and making quality knitwear from its mill in the heartland of Derbyshire for over 200 years.
Leawood Pumphouse: See how a magnificent steam beam engine drives this 1849 Pumphouse.
Masson Mills: Sir Richard Arkwright’s showpiece Mill, built in 1783, is now home to a museum and shopping village.
Silk Mill: The Silk Mill in Derby stands on the site of the world’s first factory, and is run by Derby Museums. It is currently being reimagined as the Museum of Making and may be closed during this process.
Attractions in Amber Valley District
Denby Pottery Visitor Centre: Denby Stoneware has been made in the heart of Derbyshire for over 200 years.
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway: A 9-mile long heritage railway connecting Wirksworth to Duffield.
Heage Windmill: Visit a fascinating historic working windmill in Heage, where you can become a miller for the day!
Kedleston Hall: Spectacular 18th-century mansion with Adam interiors and parkland, run by the National Trust.
Attractions in wider Derbyshire
For a range of things to do, places to stay and events in beautiful Derbyshire visit the website: Visit Peak District and Derbyshire
Bakewell Old House Museum: Experience life in a Victorian mill worker’s dwelling. Explore a Victorian kitchen scene with lots of displays and memorobilia. There’s even a Victorian privy!
Bolsover Castle: With spectacular views over Derbyshire, this fairy-tale Stuart mansion, was designed to entertain and impress.
Chatsworth House: Visit this impressive stately home, set in the heart of the Peak District. There is always something new to see and do in the house, garden, farmyard and adventure playground.
Creswell Crags: A limestone gorge honeycombed with caves, with stone tools and remains of animals found in the caves by archaeologists providing evidence of life during the last Ice Age.
Derby Museums: Across multiple sites including an Art Gallery, Museum, Silk Mill and Pickford’s House.
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust: Works to protect all wildlife throughout the county and manage 42 nature reserves.
Eyam Museum for the Plague Village: Learn about the sacrifice of the villagers when in 1665 the plague struck.
Haddon Hall: Parts of the house date from the 12th Century, sitting like a jewel in its Elizabethan terraced gardens, and overlooking the River Wye.
Heights of Abraham: Ride on Britain’s first alpine style cable car. Explore the large network of naturally formed caverns and passageways dating back millions of years.
National Stone Centre: The centre is full of ancient tropical reefs, rocks and minerals, centuries of industrial history, and wildlife treasures.
Peak District Mining Museum: Experience the forgotten world of a Derbyshire lead miner.
Poole’s Cavern: Take a journey beneath the earth to explore the vast limestone caverns.
Renishaw Hall and Gardens: Visit this stately home and garden in north Derbyshire.
Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood: Late 17th-century house with lavish interiors and the Museum of Childhood.
Tissington Hall: Take a tour of the hall which was built in 1609 by Francis FitzHerbert and is now a stunning wedding venue and tearooms.
Wirksworth Heritage Centre: A unique local heritage centre, which exists to tell the Story of Wirksworth, a beautiful and ancient leadmining town, in the heart of Derbyshire.