Derwent Valley Mills
Derwent Valley Mills
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Paul W
norwich47 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2011 • Couples
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).
Written July 18, 2011
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CUMBRIAVIEW
Conwy, UK2,889 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Couples
We were staying in Derby and my wife noticed Belper River Gardens and Strutt Mill Complex and suggested that we visit?
We Did and Very pleased that we did.
It was a lovely day for January, Warm and bright and we parked in a small car park which was free
The Museum wasn't open so we just decided to have a little stroll around
They say a picture is worth a thousand words so Please have a look at the ones that we took of the area and if you like one, Well maybe you can just tick the box that says like.
Thanks for looking
Written January 28, 2014
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endrju_74
Ipswich, UK4,837 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Family
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.
Written May 13, 2012
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HKSARHippo
Hong Kong, China34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
Written July 30, 2010
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Shovel6
Alfreton, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Friends
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.
Written May 25, 2012
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swpratt
London, UK715 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Family
A bit out of matlock you will find the pretty buildings of john smedleys mill with its lovely bridged room with its iconic clock.
We just went to buy the knitwear which is all john smedley and all top quality and fantastic value. On the clearance rack I bought 3 quality mens tops for about £12 each!
In London - much much more. So much more.
Great service and friendly staff made this a nice shopping experience in beautiful surroundings.
Written February 15, 2017
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Fiona O
galway312 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in Matlock earlier this month, we visited the Mills towards the end of our holiday, it was wonderful to see threads and materials still being sold even though primarily it is now a retail centre, on the bottom floor they have a lovely museum and overall it is a credit to the people who keep it going. The cafe is a nice addition too.
Written October 23, 2009
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Angela H
Derby, UK538 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Lovely old mills the Derwent valley formed a great history for this area of Belper and the mills now sports lovely old antiquities over 4 floors of the old mill adequate free parking, some old machinery still in situ.
Written June 12, 2019
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PatriciaDE24
Derbyshire, UK213 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Very interesting place with lots of historic significance for the surrounding area. John Smedley is an iconic brand and it is well worth visiting their factory and shop.
Written August 28, 2017
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Andykeithharris
Reading, UK268 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
An interesting World Heritage Site, that illustrates the early years of the industrial revolution spread throughout the Derwent Valley, well worth a visit for people of all ages. Several of the sites have restaurants and tea rooms providing reasonable value for money food. Lots to see so worth planning the day before visiting.
Written August 26, 2017
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