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

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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 – a place where geology and industry have shaped its character and the lives of its people for generations. 

Our new museum brings to life the stories of this fascinating town, illustrating Wirksworth’s long history, the town’s quirky qualities, famous characters, industries and its long-established rural customs and celebrations.

Our monthly program of regular events and activities offers lots to do for visiting groups, children and families, including walks and talks, workshops and entertainment – please check our What’s On page for more information.


Following the Government directive on regarding Covid19, for the safety of all the Heritage Centre will be closing until further notice.  We thank all our staff, volunteers and customers for their continued support and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

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

(In normal circumstances the Heritage Centre is open daily from 9am to 5pm, and Webster’s Cafe every day (including Sunday) from 9am to 4.30pm).

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