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Rose Cottage,

Potters Hill,

Wheatcroft Nr. Matlock,

Derbyshire, DE45PH.


Arkwright's Mill -Cromford

It is said this is where the Industrial Revolution started. Richard Arkwright built the first successful water-powered cotton-spinning mill at Cromford in 1771, earning the title of "father of the factory system". He also developed Cromford into one of the first industrial villages. There is a selection of shops and cafe. 

Red House Stables - Working Carriage museum

Situated in Darley Dale, just north of Matlock, on the B5057­signposted from the A6. T. All the carriages are genuine, and have been carefully restored to their original condition - many have been used in films and television programmes.  If you fancy a challenge, driving lessons are available.  The qualified instructors work on a one-to-one basis. Guided tours of the museum with a short trip in horse drawn vehicle for parties of 10 and over are available.

Pools's Cavern

Buxton Country Park, Green Lane, Buxton, Derbyshire - impressive natural cave with spectacular formations ­horizontal cave electrically illuminated with only 16 steps. There is a visitors centre with with displays relevant to the Cave and Country Park. Also included is a video unit which visitors may view prior to the cavern visit. The finds from the Archeological Dig are also on show.  Near the Centre and the woodland, are two areas with picnic tables and a seated covered unit. A free car/coach park is available, along with toilet including one for the handicapped. The Cave is open from Easter to the first week in November each year - check days and times oened.

Midland Railway Centre (Ripley)

Just a few miles away in Ripley the Midland Railways Centre is home to over 30 railway interest groups. There you can travel by steam train along three miles of track and visit the museum buildings and many other fascinating features.

National Tramway Museum

At Crich,, the atmosphere is pure nostalgia.  This is the National Tramway Museum with working exhibits from around the world and the  trams have been painstakingly restored, often by the staff of volunteers. Their enthusiasm for a bygone form of travel is contagious.  The entrance fee includes as many rides as you like on the trams - there are usually three working each day. 

Open daily except for Fridays. Open every day in August from 10.00 am to 5.30 p.m. (6.30 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays and Bank Holidays). On admission you are given an l penny piece and this entitles you to unlimited electric journeys.

Cauldwells Mill

Cauldwells Mill in Rowsley Nr Bakewell is a working mill with a range of workshops where you can see - blacksmithing, glass-making and silversmithing - there is a fabulous vegetarian restaurant/cafe and the best gift shop.


The National Stone Centre

The National Stone Centre occupies an area of disused quarries overlooking Wirksworth and crossed by the High Peak Trail - the former Cromford and High Peak Railway. The centre offers the 'Story of Stone' exhibition - a display focused on the geology of the area and how rocks are created. It also has a range of daily activities on offer - such as fossil rubbing and gem panning. Courses are available on topics such as dry stone walling and rock sculpting.

The main feature of the centre is its permanent display of rocks and minerals and the story of their formation, which is housed in the 'Discovery Centre' at the site. Outside there is a trail around the quarries of the site, which includes one of the best fossil reefs in the country plus an old lime kiln and the shafts of several former lead mines.

How to get there by Road: take the B5035 from Cromford to Carsington and Ashbourne goes past the door. Cromford, lies on the A6 Derby-Matlock road. Car parking is available at the centre.

The centre is open all year, seven days per week. Summer hours are 10.00am to 5.00pm and winter hours are 10.00am to 4.00pm. Entry Costs - £1.80 Adult/ 90p Children/ £1.50 Concessions/ £3.60 Family. Phone 01629 824833 for group bookings. Prices and opening times are shown as a guideline only and may vary.