Nestled at the head of Ecclesbourne Valley, surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside and stunning views of the Derbyshire Dales

For over thirty years, Wirksworth Heritage Centre has been telling the stories of this quirky town and its people

Visit the Heritage Centre for Wirksworth gifts, souvenirs and local artisan produce

A fascinating Derbyshire market town where geology and industry have shaped its character and the lives of its people for generations

"I never felt for any other town the curious affection Wirksworth inspires and know nowhere in England a town with a stronger sense of place." Matthew Parris


Welcome to the Heritage Centre for Wirksworth, a fascinating and quirky market town on the southern edge of the Derbyshire Peak District.

Wirksworth Heritage Centre is open 9am – 4pm every day except Mondays and Wednesdays. A special new museum exhibition ‘Digging for Grey Gold’ is now open to visit featuring a unique opportunity to see the Henry VIII measuring dish, which belongs to Her Majesty the Queen, (kindly on loan from the Duchy of Lancaster). Webster’s Café serves award winning drinks, snacks and light lunches. Our shop sells a range of locally made and fair trade gifts along with books, maps and local information.  

If you have any queries please email, and please do keep an eye on our Facebook page for more news.

We would like to thank all those people who have generously contributed to our successful Crowdfunding campaign, which raised over £1000 towards our reopening costs. The government’s Cultural Recovery Fund, Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund have also helped support us to reopen in a safe way which serves our local community and the many visitors who make Wirksworth the vibrant town it is today. 

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