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Cromford Mills Courtyard

A Place of innovation and beauty

© Jen Miles

The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site

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  1. Part of the UNESCO Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site, Arkwright's Cromford Mill is the world's first successful water powered cotton spinning mill and acclaimed throughout the world. Come and explore how this remarkable mill site changed the world we live in today with a guided tour and trip inside our visitor centre, cafes, shops and nature walks.
    1. 1 Jan 202231 Dec 2022
  2. This 1804, William Strutt, cotton spinning mill is the forerunner of the modern skyscraper. It now houses a museum that celebrates the Strutt family’s contribution to Belper at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution
    1. These unique riverside gardens have been offering visitors a tranquil setting to view the River Derwent for over 100 years.
      1. A village within the City of Derby, Darley Abbey contains the most complete 18th century mill complex in the world.
      2. The Museum of Making at the Silk Mill, Derby
        NOW OPEN. Celebrating the area’s rich history of innovation, the Museum of Making is a contemporary space space telling Derby’s 300-year history of making to inspire new creativity.
      3. In the World Heritage Site, each day’s activities will be in one area of the 15-mile long stretch of valley
        The first Georgian Derbyshire Festival runs from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 September.  Each of the three days will have a different theme related to Derbyshire in Georgian times – for 2022 these themes are water, architecture, and society.
        1. When visiting the Derwent Valley, trying the local produce and food is all part of the experience - and luckily, we're spoilt for choice.
        2. Connecting charming towns and villages, the Derwent Valley Line runs through the UNESCO World Heritage Site from the city of Derby to the spa town of Matlock.
        3. Derwent Valley Tours
          An escorted walking tour, taking in the major sites of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. An expert tour guide will travel with you and weave the history of ‘The Valley that changed the World’ into your journey
        4. Belper is a key community within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Take a short walk around Belper telling the story of the Strutt family,
        5. This walk will show you some of the most significant buildings in the town, and show you a little of Belper’s industrial past, and its wider setting.
        6. Aerial shot of the River Derwent, Darley Abbey & Derby city Centre
          A short circular walk, with optional extensions, visiting some of the most significant historic sites around the city.
        7. Darley Abbey Mills in the background, couple on bridge overlooking the River Derwent
          This walk takes you to the mills and on a selection of walks around the mill village of Darley Abbey.
        8. View of a mill chimney towering over Milford Village
          3 different short walks looking at some of the most significant sites in Milford and Makeney.
        9. This scenic walk will take you through Cromford Village to explore the key sites.