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North Mills, Belper

A place where ideas, like the river flow

© 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. When visiting the Derwent Valley, trying the local produce and food is all part of the experience - and luckily, we're spoilt for choice.
      3. 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.
      4. 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.
      5. Derwent Valley Tours
        An escorted bus 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