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“always worth a visit”

David Mellor Visitor Centre
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The David Mellor Cutlery Factory, Design Museum, Country Shop and Cafe - all on the same site. Just outside Hathersage in one of the most beautiful areas of Derbyshire, they provide a uniquely stimulating and enjoyable day out in the Peak District National Park.
Reviewed June 27, 2013

Don't think we've ever been to Hathersage without calling into the DMVC -- a fascinating place is an apt description. No fee charged -- perhaps it's included in the coffee!
Certainly no shortage of talking points -- the traffic lights to waste bins and bus shelters to knives and forks. Quite an education. Seems no end to the Mellors' original designs.
The shop is a bit of Aladin's cave - many beautiful items for sale but suspect most visitors promise themselves to come back after a good week on the lottery.
Suspect too the shop assistants know that, and are happy to let you browse at leisure.
Still good fun and many inexpensive and unusual items that are hard to find are on the shelves.
Will no doubt be back again for a sit down, a chat and a cuppa coffee

Thank IJS251
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Small museum but interesting content and who would have thought that the man that designed traffic lights also designed cutlery! There was a well stocked shop but everything was quite pricey. I limited my expenditure to two teaspoons at £7 each. They are nice to use though!

1  Thank XHarry
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

Very small museum but sufficient to tell the story of David Mellor's designs. The cafe was excellent and the shop was full of useful kitchen gadgets and beautiful glassware, cutlery and ceramics. Worth seeing.

Thank Judy B
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

We were so disappointed with this place, we expected so much more. Everything was so expensive, Coffee £3 a cup, we decided not to stay. So would not recommend it, sorry.

2  Thank Helen B
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

This is a must-see attraction . Even if you cannot afford the exquisitely designed kitchenware you will marvel at the excellence of the designs . Mr Mellor's designs for traffic lights etc are fascinating whilst Mrs Mellor's autobiographies (in her maiden name of Fiona MacCarthy) of William Morris , Edward Byrne Jones , and others , which are on sale here , are witness to the genius of this family.

Thank Malcolm S
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