Discover Wirksworth

...where the Peak District begins

Nestled in Derbyshire’s Ecclesbourne Valley, you can soak up the town’s timeless atmosphere, experience ancient traditions or vibrant events, relax in a range of contemporary eateries, enjoy a range of shops, or step into the great outdoors.

Steam train on Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Discover a Rich Heritage

Discover Wirksworth’s charming streets and back lanes, follow the Wirksworth Story at the Heritage Centre or take a ride on three heritage railways. Search for ancient carvings in grand and graceful St Mary’s Church.

Wirksworth Stardisc

Explore the Outdoors

Explore the surrounding hills, valleys and woodlands with Wirksworth’s network of footpaths, cycle trails and mountain biking routes. Get close to nature, explore the night sky at the spectacular StarDisc, have an outdoor adventure or make a splash with water sports at nearby Carsington Water.

Enjoy some Culture

Enjoy cinema, theatre and music, take in an exhibition or discover public sculptures. The annual Festival launches with the Art and Architecture weekend in September, while the largest display of Peak District well-dressings brighten Wirksworth in May.

Eat, Stay and Enjoy

Wirksworth offers an eclectic and unique range of quirky independent shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs and guest houses. All occupy historic buildings where you might see a Tudor ceiling or stay in a Victorian police cell.


There are events throughout the year from spring Carnival and Well Dressing to summer’s Open Gardens and the Christmas Market. Wirksworth Festival launches with the Art and Architecture weekend in September. Regular street markets and the Farmer’s Market are always popular. Look out for other events held throughout the year.

Find Essential Info

Wirksworth is a friendly town, easy to get around with great facilities to make your visit enjoyable. Easily accessible by road, bus and rail, there is town centre parking. Tourist info is provided at the Heritage Centre and by Town Ambassadors, just look for their sign in shop windows.