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    Welcome to Wirksworth

    With a thriving arts community, Wirksworth is a magnet for lovers of history and heritage.

    Things to do in Wirksworth

    With its imposing stone buildings and intricate network of narrow lanes, yards and alleys, Wirksworth is one of Derbyshire's prettiest market towns.

    Its fortunes were built on lead mining, quarrying and textiles - introduced by industrial pioneer Sir Richard Arkwright at Haarlem Mill, considered by some to be the mill in George Eliot's novel The Mill on the Floss. Eliot is also thought to have based the fictional town of Snowfield in another novel, Adam Bede, on Wirksworth, and even DH Lawrence lived and wrote here.

    Visitors to Wirksworth are spoilt for choice for things to see and do. The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway operates services from Wirksworth to Duffield running through one of Derbyshire’s most lovely and unspoilt valleys. The spectacular Wirksworth StarDisc – a 21st century stone circle star chart – sits high above the town and illuminates the constellations at night. The National Stone Centre and Mount Cook Adventure Centre lie on the edge of Wirksworth, and in the town itself St. Mary’s Church – one of the finest in the county – is well worth a visit.

    A new award-winning Heritage Centre tells the fascinating stories of Wirksworth and its people, and regular guided walks around the town also leave from here. Like many of the Peak District and Derbyshire's market towns, Wirksworth is perhaps best explored on foot.

    Local traditions include Well Dressing, the ancient ceremony of 'Church Clypping', the annual carnival and well-known Wirksworth Arts Festival each September. This is the time to experience the buzz of street theatre, music, family events and the famous Art & Architectural Trail when more than 150 artists throw open their doors for visitors to browse and buy original and affordable art – also a chance to take a look inside some of the most historical and quirky homes and buildings in Derbyshire!

    In recent years, Wirksworth has gained popularity for its unique and quirky annual Wirksworth Wizarding Day, usually held at the end of October, when visitors can enjoy Harry Potter-themed entertainment and activity.

    In The Area


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    Great British Car Journey

    Boasting a collection of 130+ modern British classics, Great British Car Journey tells the story of the rise and fall of the British motoring…

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    Hopton Hall Holiday Cottages

    Cottages enjoy shared use of facilites including an indoor heated swimming pool. An area of woodland for visitors, paddock with play area and BBQ.

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    Black Rocks

    This popular walking and climbing area has attractive circuit walks through adjoining woods, provided in cooperation with the Forestry Commission.

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    Mount Cook Adventure Centre

    A not-for-profit activity centre on the edge of the Peak District

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    Middleton Top Cycle Hire – High Peak Trail

    Discover the wonderful High Peak Trail with excellent cycle hire from Middleton Top Visitor Centre

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    The Old Lock-Up

    Unusual and quirky historical and unique guest accomodation. Perfect for a romantic break or for business people wanting to stay somewhere distinctly…

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    The Farm

    Offering totally unique and exclusive self catering accommodation in the stunning Derbyshire Dales, there are four superb separate dwellings set in…

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    Wirksworth Heritage Centre

    A fascinating Derbyshire town on the southern edge of the Peak District, where the geology and landscape have shaped its character and its people for…

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    Discover the fascinating heritage of one of the world's first long-distance railways.

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    Stainsborough Hall

    Stainsborough Hall and its five independent holiday cottages provides a beautiful base for an idyllic, pet-friendly, country getaway for the whole…

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    Carsington Water

    Carsington Water has everything you need for a great day out - and best of all most facilities are free!

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    Carsington Sports and Leisure Activity Centre

    Watersports activities on one of the UK's largest reservoirs, including kayaking and windsurfing.

    Our Great Itineraries

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    Events in Wirksworth

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    A concert of early English and Spanish songs sung to lute, vihuela and baroque guitar, from the period of the Tudors and Stuarts

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    Bolehill & Steeple Grange Open Gardens

    An opportunity to visit some beautiful gardens hidden behind high walls in the village of Bolehill and Steeple Grange, and to admire the views…

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    Fundraiser Fete at Mount Cook

    Join us for our annual fundraiser for the The Helping Hand of Ukraine. 11th June

    Trails nearby

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    The Peak District GeoWalk

    The GeoWalk is a must for rock enthusiasts guiding you through the stunning Peak District landscape and rock formations.

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    A linear walk with superb cliff-top views, from Matlock to Matlock Bath via High Tor.

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    A Stroll along Cromford Canal

    A walk along the old canal tow path on the five mile stretch through the Derwent Valley between Ambergate and Cromford passing through the village of…

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    Matlock Bath to High Tor and Riber Walk

    This walk is a lovely 3 mile circular walk via High Tor, Riber and Starkholmes.

    Beauty Spots nearby

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    Special Offer

    Stay at Sycamore Farm Barns from £350 for 2 nights

    Orchard End Cottage is a cosy rural retreat on an eco-friendly rewilding former farm. with beautiful gardens, fields, and walking all around.

    Villages nearby

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