Strutt's North Mill

Strutt's North Mill, Belper: Hours, Address, Strutt's North Mill Reviews: 4.5/5

Strutt's North Mill
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • History Museums
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Strutt's North Mill played a vital role in the UK's Industrial Revolution and is of architectural and historic importance. It is one of a chain of mills that form part of UNESCO's Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site. Our knowledgeable guides will take you on a tour of the mill and explain more about its social, historic and industrial background.
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Redkitewatcher64
Andover, UK1,621 contributions
Fabulous little museum and a very informative guide. We booked in for a timed tour with another couple. The tour takes you through the history of the mill town, the mill itself and and the development of hosiery. It was an amazing walk through history, and I loved seeing a Spinning Jenny something I only learnt about in school history lessons. Most interesting part was the section on the fines places on workers , even one for a person for their ugly face! So sad to hear that a developer has now bought the building , and is refusing to renew the lease for the museum. It is such a special piece of history both the mill building itself and the history of the people that worked there and deserves to be preserved for future generations, Highly recommend the tour well worth the £5 entry fee
Written April 30, 2022
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Hi Ashley, thank you for taking the time to review us, we are a small museum facing closure towards the end of the year and so your support means a great deal. I'm so glad you enjoyed your time with us! We hope to see you again before we close, you're welcome anytime, don't forget your annual pass for free re-entry! Best wishes Kat - Manager
Written July 7, 2022
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Britexplorer
UK19 contributions
Recently went on the workers cottages tour organised and run from the North Mill. It was an excellent gentle hours walk around the backstreets of Belper with a really well informed local guide called Ian. We would never have found some of the little nooks and crannies he showed us and his stories and historical knowledge really made the town come to life. Definitely well worth doing if you are in Belper. Will certainly be signing up for the Mill and Waterway tours next. Hope the North Mill Museum is able to get the funding it deserves to stay open.
Written May 6, 2022
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Hi Britexplorer, thank you for taking the time to review us, we are a small museum facing closure towards the end of the year and so your support means a great deal. I'm so glad you enjoyed your time with us! We hope to see you again before we close, you're welcome anytime, don't forget your annual pass for free re-entry! Best wishes Kat - Manager
Written July 7, 2022
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Sarah Boylan
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Couples
The North Mill museum may close in September 2022 and this would be tragic. The site's heritage significance is huge while the building itself is a fascinating structure. The volunteer guides bring the storey of the mill site to life describing and showing how the antique machinery was used and how the beautiful Derwent river was harnessed for power.
Written May 2, 2022
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Hi SJ, thank you for taking the time to review us, we are a small museum facing closure towards the end of the year and so your support means a great deal. I'm so glad you enjoyed your time with us! We hope to see you again before we close, you're welcome anytime, don't forget your annual pass for free re-entry! Best wishes Kat - Manager
Written July 7, 2022
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The Coopers
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Got tickets for a tour of the mill from the website but also walk in's I think. I'd been many years ago but the tour was updated and new. Quite a few families looking around not on a tour. It was nicely set out with videos, info, original machinery, good explanations of the processes in an accessible way in the huge buildings where it all began.
Tour lasted about an hour and was fascinating to hear how the Mill was the start of the cotton trade, powered by the river. Nice that they had activity sheet for children.
Interesting that the river still provides green energy.
We spent about 2 hours here - volunteers very helpful and the guide a mine of information whilst being engaging and humorous, also considerate to my elderly dad.
Bought some nice postcards from the little shop and a lot of information available on the history.
There was a sign to say that some funding was stopping in April 22 so I guess that public support will be crucial to keep this wonderful heritage centre going. We need the original machines all kept together in the location that they were used to give it meaning and for the stories to be passed on by the knowledgeable people who staff these places to the visitors.
It is a great location, the weir was crashing with water and energising to watch after the flooding this week!
Then had a walk around Belper River Gardens and fed the ducks - very enjoyable afternoon
Written February 20, 2022
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Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review us, we are a small museum facing closure towards the end of the year and so your support means a great deal. I'm so glad you enjoyed your time with us! We hope to see you again before we close, you're welcome anytime, don't forget your annual pass for free re-entry! Best wishes Kat - Manager
Written July 7, 2022
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David L
Loughborough5 contributions
A first visit after many years of driving past. A spur of them moment visit but time very well spent. Ian our volunteer guide was knowledgeable, joining the dots of history and their relevance to today. So much more to see so further visits are planned as swell as taking in the local heritage of Belper and the Derwent Valley. Great value with unlimited free admissions to Strutt's North mill for a further 12 months and discounts to other attractions in the area.
Written August 28, 2021
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Hi there Winifred, thank you for taking the time to review us, we appreciate all feedback we receive. I have passed your comments onto Ian, who is so pleased you enjoyed his tour. We hope to see you again soon! Kat - Manager
Written January 7, 2022
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Ruth G
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Brilliant museum charting the development of the mills in Belper and their influence o the people and the town.
We followed our tour of the museum with a walk round the workers cottages, led by Ian who was really knowledgeable and a fantastic guide to his tow.

I would recommend this to anyone visiting the town or in deed anyone who has lived here for a while and wondered what those big buildings were for!

Thanks Ian for a very interesting afternoon.
Written October 25, 2021
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Hi there, thank you so much for taking the time to review us, we are a small museum and so every review is so important! I'm so pleased you enjoyed your trip to us, Ian, as with all of our other guides is a volunteer who has such knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject, and really does bring the history alive. We really hope to see you again with your free annual pass! Many thanks again Kat - Manager
Written January 7, 2022
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karen c
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Couples
A great piece of industrial and architectural history wrapped up in one building. Very informative tour by a very enthusiastic guide. I really hope that this important piece of our industrial heritage can be preserved alongside the proposed redevelopment of the site.
PS, If you plan to visit Crich Tramway Village as well, visit here first to save money on the entrance fee to the village.
Written October 27, 2021
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Hi there, thank you so much for taking the time to review us, we are a small museum and so every review is so important! I'm so pleased you enjoyed your trip to us, our guides are all volunteers who have such knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject, and really do bring the history alive! We really hope to see you again with your free annual pass, and we hope you made use of the Derbyshire Day out discount, where as you say you can save money on admissions at other local attractions such as Cromford Mills, Crich Tramway village, Peak Mining museum, plus many more! Please see our website for more details of this offer! Many thanks again Kat - Manager
Written January 7, 2022
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Chris S
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We chose to visit last Sunday as the weather was too wet for us to try anywhere else so wasn't expecting much but we actually found it an enjoyable experience. It was lovely to have a guide included in the reasonable entrance fee and she was so knowledgeable and friendly, So sorry I can't remember her name but she certainly had a broad knowledge of the history of the town and the mill. It was fascinating to learn the root to many common sayings stemmed from the industry.
There is also a lovely park next to the mill which I'm sure we would have enjoyed had the weather been more agreeable.
Written August 13, 2021
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Hi Chriss, thank you for taking the time to review us, we appreciate all feedback we receive. I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit, we do love excelling expectations! Thank you, and we hope to see you again when the weather is nicer! Kat - Manager
Written August 27, 2021
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Nearly60s
Midlands27 contributions
Couples
This building is an architectural gem, show-casing innovative techniques developed by the Strutts. An excellent example of social history brought alive for all ages to enjoy.
The guide was informative and the exhibits helped us understand the various jobs within the mill. We learned, in the hour we spent, there how the Strutt mills were central to Belper, not just providing work but also housing, schools and even the river gardens.
This museum is a credit to its local history.
Written October 18, 2021
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Hi there, thank you so much for taking the time to review us, we are a small museum and so every review is so important! I'm so pleased you enjoyed your trip to us, our guides are all volunteers who have such knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject, and really do bring the history alive! We really hope to see you again with your free annual pass! Many thanks again Kat - Manager
Written January 7, 2022
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Barbara W
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Couples
What a fabulous visit to the museum with a very knowledgeable guide. This was followed up by a walk round Old Town with the same guide, Ian. His knowledge of the area was formidable and he gave a wonderful insight into the lives of the Mill workers and their families and the impact The Strutts had on the development of the cotton industry and the town. It was only by chance we found this gem of a tour and would highly recommend it to other visitors. It’s a travesty that it is facing closure later this year. The Council need to review their funding!
Written June 12, 2022
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Hi Barbara, thank you for taking the time to review us, we are a small museum facing closure towards the end of the year and so your support means a great deal. I'm so glad you enjoyed your time with us! We hope to see you again before we close, you're welcome anytime, don't forget your annual pass for free re-entry! Best wishes Kat - Manager
Written July 7, 2022
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  • Wed - Sun 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM