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“The only World Heritage site in the East Midlands” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Derwent Valley Mills

Derwent Valley Mills
Lea, England
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Derbyshire
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“The only World Heritage site in the East Midlands”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

This is a linear site starting on the northern outskirts of the city of Derby and ending and the southern end of Matlock Bath. The birthplace of the factory system that did so much to change the world for good or ill depending on your point of view. Many of the mill buildings remain at Darley Abbey, Milford, Belper and Cromford all with differing attractions and retail offerings. The valley itself has some fantastic scenery and has other attactions close by.

Visited April 2012
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“From one mill to another...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

This is one of English UNESCO World Heritage sites, definitely the longest one. It starts up north at the Masson Mills, close to village of Cromford, where the south end of the site is located in Derby city center. When trying to visit all (or at least most) of the DVM you should look at the http://www.derwentvalleymills.org/ first, as it gives you all the information needed, and more. You should plan your visit very carefully, so it won't turn into "A mill to far" experience. It's enough to mention there's about 5 mills to visit, plus other attractions, such as working steam pumphouse (opened only for about10-12 days a year), former junction between canal and railway (dismantled), shops at the beginning of Cromford Canal, industrial villages of Cromford and Milford, riverside gardens in Belper. Some mills have been turned into shopping malls, but at every single one you'll find some kind of activities for tourists, for a small charge obviously. Whole Unesco site can be discovered by walking on Derwent Valley Heritage Way, which runs along Derwent river from Ladybower reservoir to Shardlow. The DVHW is 55 miles long.

Visited April 2012
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“limited features at Cromford”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2011

The tour of Cromford mill is very limited. Despite the impression the website carefully allows you to form, the original mill building is still an empty shell, with no floors or ceilings, let alone any machinery.

So the 1 hour, £3.50 tour is just a powerpoint lecture from a rambling retired history teacher, followed by a bit of a walk around the central yard.

Masson mill (down the road) is MUCH better, with a good range of working equipment (check the time table for demonstration slots).

Visited July 2011
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“Excellent, Nice place to go to”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2010

During my summer holiday, I went to Masson Mill (which is part of the Derwent Valley Mills). It is totally fantastic and fabulous. There are exhibitions and also a museum talking about what is going on in the past there. Clothes were made there. I would recommend people to go to this world heritage site.

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“I live here”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2009

The Derwent Valley Mills is a lovely building and the museum inside is very informative telling the history of the mill and the surrounding area. The mills are situated in Belper which is a nice little place with a few everyday shops like a real fruit & veg shop and a couple of butchers and a few gift shops, there are even 2 free car parks which is rare in such an area. The river gardens (which has recently been refurbished at great expense), next to the mill, make for a pleasant stroll and there are often bands (the proper type not pop bands) playing in the band stand on a Sunday afternoon or you can row along the river taking in the scenary. There is a good kiddies play park too. This is a lovely area for walking and there are some great pubs serving home cooked food. There is a train service to Belper from Derby and from Matlock, about 15 mins away and lots of other places to visit once you have seen the mill. All in all it is a lovely World Heritage Site.

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