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.

We’re pleased to announce that from 11th September we are reopening – you’ll see there are some changes that we’ve made so that we can be confident about your, and our safety.  For now, we have made changes to our opening hours – see our Visit Us page.  We have achieved the ‘Good to Go’ UK wide standard for protection of our staff, volunteers and visitors from Covid19.

Our new museum brings to life the long history of the town, its famous characters, industries and its long-established rural customs and celebrations.

Please check our What’s On page for information about our events and activities.  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.  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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