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Wirksworth Heritage Centre


Wirksworth Heritage Centre

The fascinating town of Wirksworth on the southern edge of the Peak District, where geology and landscape have shaped its character and people for generations.

Lead was mined here by the Romans, and the area became one of the most important centres for lead ore in England. Limestone quarrying gave new work for the town’s inhabitants in the 19th century. Wirksworth also became the biggest producer of red tape for Whitehall, its annual output equalling the circumference of the earth.

George Eliot based part of her novel Adam Bede on Wirksworth, and D.H. Lawrence lived with his wife Frieda in nearby Middleton. Wirksworth is now known for its independent shops and cafes, its heritage railways, annual arts festival, bustling music scene and for the dozens of artists and creative people who live and work in the town.

The new museum brings to life the stories of this amazing place, its famous characters, industries and long-established customs and celebrations. A monthly programme of events offers lots to do for visiting groups, children and families, and includes walks, talks, workshops
and entertainment.

The fully accessible Heritage Centre is open *daily from 9am to 5pm (except Monday and Wednesdays). The centre’s in-house Webster’s Café is open from 9am to 4.30pm, offering a selection of cakes, snacks and delicious home-made meals, including vegetarian options. Walkers and cyclists are very welcome, as are dog owners, whose pets can enjoy the outdoor café courtyard.

Free entry to Heritage Centre. Museum admission – Adults: £5*, Children: £1 (aged 13-15), Children: free (12 and under)
*FREE RETURN – pay once and come back free for a year.

*please check our website as opening times may change.

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