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.

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Wirksworth Heritage Centre

Visit the Heritage Centre to discover the people and stories that have made Wirksworth. Set in a building hundreds of years old, you will discover locally woven red tape, Wirksworth’s own banknotes, Ellen MacArthur’s sailing suit and a Georgian hydrotherapy bath. Join a guided walk or follow a self-guided heritage trail. There are regular events and activities for young and old.

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

 Watch the unspoilt Ecclesbourne Valley glide past between Duffield and Wirksworth from one of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway’s heritage trains. You will be transported back in time with steam trains, classic coaches and country stations. Treat yourself to afternoon tea in your own exclusive compartment or attend one of the many vintage events throughout the year.

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St Mary's the Virgin Church

Grand and graceful St Mary’s stands in the heart of Wirksworth. There has been a church here since at least 700 AD. The church you see today is like a book, with chapters written during medieval, Tudor, Georgian and Victorian times. It is known for Tudor tombs, colourful stained-glass windows and ancient carvings, including T’Owd Man and a Saxon coffin lid.

Historic Wirksworth

Unwind as you wander Wirksworth’s historic streets. Highlights include the Georgian Moot Hall and coaching inns, Tudor grammar school and almshouses, and grand houses from the times of the Stuarts. Lose yourself in the narrow walking lanes of The Dale, Greenhill and the Puzzle Gardens, so reminiscent of a Cornish fishing village. Stride out to Bolehill, a lead miners’ hillside hamlet below Cromford Moor.

If you want inspiration for a route you can download a self-guided trail

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The Ravenstor Branch Line

Ride one of the most unusual steam trains in the Peak District as it climbs the steep, wooded hill to the National Stone Centre, the High Peak Trail and Steeple Grange Light Railway.

Steeple Grange Light Railway

You can ride through a limestone gorge created by quarrying along the light railway between the High Peak Trial and Middleton. Travel the route of an old quarry line in a Manrider, which once carried miners to the Nottinghamshire coal face.

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Middleton Top Engine House

Middleton Top was part of the Cromford & High Peak Railway - one of the world’s oldest long-distance railways. You can visit the 1829 engine house, which was in use until 1963 hauling wagons up the Middleton Incline. Experience its power during a steam weekend or follow the High Peak Trail for more railway heritage, including High Peak Junction on Cromford Canal.

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Step inside the butchers, bakers and candlestick sellers of Wirksworth. From the medieval market onwards, Wirksworth has been a trading town, with a vast array of local shops.

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