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Crich Tramway Village

      
Matlock Derbyshire England
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Crich Tramway Village is no ordinary day out. The village setting of lovingly restored buildings is not only the perfect home for the nations collection of vintage trams but gives visitors the opportunity to experience the nostalgia of a time now past.

Don't be fooled however by the relaxed and friendly atmosphere as there's a lot to see and do. Trams run to and fro all day long carrying visitors down the period street and out into the surrounding countryside to make the most of the breathtaking views across the Derwent Valley.

Visitors are welcome to ride the electric trams as often as they wish, though it's hard not to be distracted by all the other activities going on.
The Workshop Gallery gives you the opportunity to watch engineers close up as they go about servicing working vehicles and carrying out restoration work on needy trams. Visit the depots and you will be able to see over 30 vintage trams from all different eras, towns and countries, you may even spot one from your own home town!

Across the depot yard you will find the exhibition hall, which tells the story of the tram from its horse drawn origins to the near silent electric vehicles working today.

Alongside this is the History Maker's Exhibition – 'The Creative Genius of Michael Holroyd Smith', the pioneering inventor for the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
In the heart of the Village is George Stephen Discovery Centre, which looks at social history and the need to develop tramways in towns and cities across the UK.

The Derby Assembly Rooms is home to two small exhibitions, 'Survive and Thrive – the Electric Era' and 'The Mobile Post Box – Mail by Tram'.

The buildings which make up the Village have come from all parts of the country, many demolished brick by brick before being transported to Crich and lovingly rebuilt and restored. Here within the heart of the Village you will find our gift shop, and should you need refreshment, there are also the Village café and Red Lion Pub, which welcome all members of the family whatever their age.
Your dog is also welcome in the pub.

Children can let off steam in the adventure playground, while younger ones can make the most of the indoor ball pool and tram themed soft play area.
Over the School Holidays we have an action- packed calendar of craft activities and themed weeks – suitable for all ages!

Location & Opening Times
Crich Tramway Village is located in the heart of Derbyshire, 6 miles from Matlock and 8 miles from M1 junction 28, follow the brown signs for "Tramway Museum".

The Village is open from 14th March until 11th June and then from 16th June to 1st November 2020. 

   www.tramway.co.uk

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Haddon Hall

      
Bakewell Derbyshire England
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Haddon Hall has been welcoming guests for hundreds of years, always enchanting visitors with its beauty and atmosphere.

 


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Midland Railway, Butterley

             
Ripley Derbyshire England
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As soon as you enter Butterley Station you are transported back in time. The station building has been lovingly re created on its original site even down to the milk churns and egg boxes in the booking hall.

 


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Arkwright's Cromford Mill

      
Cromford Derbyshire England
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Visit Cromford Mills for a complete day out, the start of your journey exploring the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

 


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Strutt's North Mill

      
Belper Derbyshire England
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Belper stands at the heart of the Derwent Valley, which played a significant part in the Industrial Revolution.  The Derwent Valley Visitor Centre in Strutt's North Mill was set up to open a window on the history of the mills, cotton spinning and the town itself.

 
The Strutt family's association with Belper began with industrialist Jedediah. He had transformed the hosiery business with his invention of the Derby Rib, which allowed ribbed, that is stretchable, stocking fabric to be made on a hand-worked knitting frame. It was his realisation that high quality thread was needed for good hose which led him in 1776 to begin building cotton mills at Belper.
 
Jedediah and his sons went on to build more mills at Belper, although some have now been demolished. Built in 1804, the North Mill was built by Jedediah's son William, and was the forerunner of the modern skyscraper, and the most advanced industrial building of its time. The frame of the building is made entirely of cast iron. Now, trained guides are available to explain the construction of the building and the historic cotton spinning machinery it contains, or alternatively visitors are able to explore the Museum on their own.
 
To encourage families to move into Belper and work in their mills, the Strutts built high quality housing for their workers, and this is still to be seen today. The Strutts were benefactors to Belper for two centuries - one legacy to the town was the River Gardens, given by George Herbert Strutt in 1906, a water garden by the Derwent which still features band concerts on advertised summer Sundays.
 
The importance of the Belper mills and their historic industrial neighbours at Cromford, Darley Abbey and Derby was reflected by the World Heritage Site status given to the Derwent Valley Mills in 2001. Telephone the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre at Strutt's North Mill on 01773 880474 for details.
 
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