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Time You Took the Tourist Trail?

This week is English Tourism Week, celebrating everything English tourism has to offer.

But when was the last time you visited one of our local attractions? Or those that are only just down the road?

Take a look at our list and see how many you’ve been too, and for those you haven’t maybe it’s time to make a date...

Belper River Gardens
Unique riverside gardens adjacent to Strutt’s historic North Mill. The beautiful gardens include shrubberies and colourful flowerbeds together with new, children’s’ play facilities.

Codnor Castle
Codnor Castle is one of only two medieval castles retaining its original medieval architecture in the whole of the county of Derbyshire, the other being Peveril castle at Castleton.
Codnor Castle Cottage, also known as Castle Farm, is fast getting a reputation as one of the most haunted properties in England.

Crich Tramway Village
A family visitor attraction and home to the National Tramway Museum. Take a trip back in time and ride vintage trams into the open countryside. There’s an enchanting Woodland Walk and Sculpture Trail, Tearoom, gift shop, children’s play areas, exhibitions and Workshop Viewing Gallery.

Crich Stand
Perhaps the most famous landmark in Derbyshire and is situated over 340 metres above sea level. The Stand is the memorial of the Sherwood Foresters Regiment, dedicated to the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment and the Mercian Regiment.

Heage Windmill
The 18th Century Windmill is the only surviving Six Sailed Stone Built Windmill in the Country! It gives visitors an insight into the life of a miller back in the day and how the windmill works. The restored windmill is working again and produces flour that can be bought in the shop on site!

Midland Railway – Butterley
The Midland Railway - Butterley is a heritage railway running Steam and Diesel hauled trains that take visitors to a museum complex at Swanwick Junction. You can visit their Railway Museum, Country Park, Demonstration Signal Box, Victorian Railwayman’s Church, the West Shed Experience - home of the Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust, Narrow Gauge Miniature and Model Railways. Trains operate on most weekends and daily during local school holidays.

Shipley Country Park
Located near to Heanor, Shipley Country Park offers 700 acres of attractive and varied landscape with leafy pathways, reservoirs, tranquil lakes, large woodlands and wildlife meadows. You can walk or ride on 18 miles of footpaths and bridleways through the park.

Strutt’s North Mill, Belper
Visit the museum and visitor centre and discover how the Strutt family turned Belper from a small hamlet to a thriving industrial community

White Peak Distillery, Ambergate
A craft distillery focused on producing authentic, small batch spirits and the quality of the experience of our visitors and customers.

Denby Pottery Visitor Centre
The pottery skills of generations can be seen at the home of Denby on a Guided Tour. The centre has a museum, shops, free demonstrations and Bourne’s Restaurant.

Cromford Mills
Cromford Mill is home to the first successful water powered cotton spinning mill. The Arkwright Society is an educational charity devoted to the rescue of industrial heritage buildings and helping to preserve the precious built and natural landscape in and around Cromford. Entry to the site is free, and visitors are welcome to come and explore the Gateway Visitor Centre, with information on all of the things to see and do throughout the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

Cromford Canal
Although now used as a picturesque and relaxing place to go for a countryside walk, Cromford Canal was once a buzzing hub of Derbyshire’s industry. The 14.5 mile long canal goes from Cromford to Erewash and was used for transporting coal to and Limestone from the area. It was also crucial to the success of Arkwright’s mill as it was the gateway for his cotton products to be shipped around the country!

Black Rocks, Cromford
This popular walking and climbing area has attractive circuit walks through adjoining woods, provided in cooperation with the Forestry Commission. The site has interesting wildlife walks through different types of deciduous and conifer woodland.

D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum, Eastwood
The D.H. Lawrence Birthplace Museum is the childhood home to the author D.H. Lawrence. The Museum is located in the ex-mining town of Eastwood and surrounded by the lovely landscapes that influenced Lawrence’s life and books.

Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath
Take a cable car to the summit where you have free access to The Heights of Abraham Estate and Attractions plus entry into two underground guided tours of famous show caverns.

Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead
An historic abbey in the heart of Nottinghamshire. From Romantic Poet Lord Byron through Medieval, Victorian and Gothic Revival, Newstead Abbey is a treasure trove of the rare, beautiful and historically significant. Boasting 300 acres of parkland, explore the gardens, lake and beautiful estate.

Star Disc, Wirksworth
StarDisc is a 21st century stone circle and celestial amphitheatre. Carved into black granite is a star chart that mirrors the northern hemisphere’s night sky. The surface of the stone circle is inscribed with the constellations, their names, and a depiction of the Milky Way.


1 April | Amber Sound FM News

 

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