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.

Our shop and outdoors cafe are pleased to be welcoming visitors back, in line with government conditions 9am – 4pm every day except Mondays and Wednesdays. From Tuesday 18 May we hope to be opening our museum galleries with a special new exhibition ‘Secrets of the Dream Cave’.  On that day we also hope to be able to offer indoor table service in our cosy Webster’s cafe.

We are also continuing to sell items from our exciting on-line shop and run on-line events from our What’s on pages  Please support us at this difficult time, and we look forward to seeing you back soon.

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

We are also running a prize draw for anyone completing one of our 2021 Residents’ surveys.  Please download the survey here. Copies are also available from the Heritage Centre, and should be returned by 21 May.

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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