At the heart of Derbyshire’s history is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Arkwright's Cromford Mill. As part of Derwent Valley mills, this site allows you to see the world’s first water powered cotton mill as it was during the dawn of the revolution! Discover this great monument of the industrial revolution - a fascinating and completely unique marker in history to experience today.
And why not Visit Royal Crown Derby or Denby Pottery to see another side of Derbyshire's industrial heritage, ceramics! The Denby Pottery Visitor Centre has everything one could want from a pottery-based day out; you can even paint your own piece of Denby to be fired in the kiln to take home!
Now when you visit Royal Crown Derby, you can wander round the accredited Museum, have a guided tour of the factory, then explore the Royal Crown Derby Retail Shop (the only place you can buy outlet items) and finally indulge in Afternoon Tea in the 1750 Tea Room!
You can also step back in time and visit the remains of the area’s lead mining history at the Peak District Mining Museum or in the show cavern at The Heights of Abraham- the Peak District & Derbyshire is full to the brim with history just waiting to be explored…