Attractions In Amber Valley
In Amber Valley we have a number of great visitor attractions with many more just on our doorstep. From Transport Museums such as the Crich Tramway Village and the Midland Railway to historical buildings like Kedleston Hall and Wingfield Manor.
Crich Tramway Village
Nestling high up in the heart of Derbyshire overlooking the famous Derwent Valley, Crich Tramway Village is a lovingly restored period village that is also home to the National Tramway Museum and its world renowned archives.
Midland Railway Centre
The railway is a very pleasant 3.5 mile ride through a rural part of East Derbyshire. The Midland Railway Centre, Butterley, comprises of a number of attractions including a large railway museum, a 35 acre Country Park, Demonstration Signal Box and Victorian Railwayman's Church, all of which are open every day for the trains to travel trough.
The Narrow Gauge Golden Valley Light Railway and the Butterley Park Miniature Railway both operate most weekends during the summer.
Administered by the National Trust, Kedleston Hall is one of the greatest neo-classical houses in Europe and its interiors are breathtaking. When it was built for the Curzon family in the 18th Century, it was known as "The Glory of Derbyshire". It is recognised as one of the most complete and unaltered examples of the work of the famous Scottish Architect Robert Adam.
Wingfield Manor has witnessed some of the most important periods of English history. It was here that the plot to overthrow Queen Elizabeth 1 was drawn together by a local Squire. He wished to release the captive Mary Queen of Scots and place her on the English throne, but as a result Mary was sentenced to be executed. The Manor is administered by English Heritage and incorporates a private working farm. Visitors are requested to respect the privacy of the owners and refrain from visiting outside official opening hours.
Strutt's North Mill
Strutt's North Mill in Belper is the home of the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre. Here you are able to discover the secrets of the Strutts and their work to create the most technologically advanced mills of their time. Visitors can see one of the finest cotton spinning machinery collections to be found anywhere and exhibitions showing the history of cotton spinning. There is also the famous collection of cotton and silk hose and a display representing the nail-making industry that was so important to the town before the cotton industry brought great changes to Belper and its people.
This historic windmill was built in 1797 and known locally as Ned's Mill. After many years of dedicated work from volunteers and enthusiasts the Mill was restored and opened to the public in 2002. Heage Windmill is a Grade 2* listed windmill and is the only working stone-towered, multi-sailed windmill in England. Prior to restoration, she was last worked by miller Thomas Shore in 1919.
Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site
The Borough of Amber Valley includes part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, which was inscribed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in December 2001. The site is approximately 24km covers a number of industrial sites and settlements from Masson Mill at Cromford, in the north to Derby Silk Mill in the south. The Derwent Valley saw the beginning of the factory system, when new types of buildings were erected to use water power to house the new technology used for spinning cotton. In the Derwent Valley for the first time there was large-scale industrial production in a previously rural landscape. The need to provide housing and other facilities for workers and managers resulted in the creation of the first modern industrial settlements.
Belper Leisure Boats
Belper Leisure Boats are based in the Belper River Gardens and hire out rowing boats so you can enjoy a three mile stretch of the River Derwent at a leisurley pace. They are generally open Thursday to Sunday and bank holiday Monday.
Other attractions in Amber Valley
Denby Pottery Visitors Centre, Denby ... more
Pennytown Ponds Nature Reserve, Somercotes ... more
Riddings Pottery, Riddings ... more
Shipley Country Park, Heanor ... more
Some other nearby attractions are
Bakewell Old House Museum, Bakewell ... more
Chatsworth House, Chatsworth, Bakewell ... more
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Wirksworth ... more
Matlock Farm Park, Matlock ... more
The Heights Of Abraham, Matlock Bath ... more