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Wirksworth is a historical market town 4 miles south of Matlock with a population of around 10,000 in Derbyshire, England.

Get in[edit]

Travelling to Wirksworth is easy from most directions. There are regular bus services to and from Bakewell, Matlock, Derby, Ashbourne and Sheffield Meadowhall. The town is 11 miles north of Derby, and 4 miles south of Matlock and is located on the B5023 between Duffield and Cromford.

Get around[edit]

Map of Wirksworth

Wirksworth is a small town and as such, it is easy to get around. However, Bolehill and The Haarlem Mill areas are both around 1.5 miles from the town centre and it is advisable to get the 6.1 bus to either destination if you are old or less able to walk. Central Wirksworth is completely walkable, though quite steep in some places.


There are several attractions around the town, including St. Mary's Church, Puzzle Gardens - a group of small alleyways and jitties in north-west central Wirksworth - the restored Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, the Star Disc star-gazing site, and a Heritage Centre near the Market Place.

  • 1 Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Coldwell Street, DE4 4FB, +44 1629 823076, . Operates from Wirksworth station in the east of the town. Trains run to and from Duffield, near Derby, where they connect with main-line services, and there is a half-mile northern extension to Ravenstor and a public footpath to the National Stone Centre. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway (Q5332216) on Wikidata Ecclesbourne Valley Railway on Wikipedia
  • 2 National Stone Centre, Porter Lane (about 1 mile/1.6 km north of Wirksworth), +44 1629 824833. an exhibition and study centre in a disused quarry (part of which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest) where you can learn about the different types of rocks and fossils. National Stone Centre (Q23305123) on Wikidata National Stone Centre on Wikipedia
  • 3 Derbyshire Eco Centre (about 1 mile/1.6 km north of Wirksworth), +44 1629 533038. the county hub for courses and activities focusing on education for sustainable development. The Peak tors include a number of archeological sites.
  • 4 Wirksworth Heritage Centre, 31 St John's St, +44 1629 825225. Local history museum, with cafe, gallery and gift shop.
  • 5 Star Disc, Green Hill (Pedestrian and disabled access: DE4 4EN; designated parking for Stoney Wood: DE4 4FR). A 21st-century stone circle and celestial amphitheatre created by Aidan Shingler. It spans 12 metres (40 ft). Carved into black granite is a star chart that mirrors the northern hemisphere’s night sky. It is free to visit and open to anyone and everyone, 24 hr a day, all year round. See website for special events. Email via website contact page.

  • 6 St Marys Church, St. Marys Gate, Wirksworth DE4 4DQ England.
  • Greenhill, The Dale & Puzzle Gardens.
  • 7 Steeple Grange Light Railway, Porter Lane The Engine House, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4GE England.
  • Middleton Top & High Peak Trail.


  • 1 Carsington Water. Reservoir, activities include: walking, cycling, fly fishing, birdwatching, sailing, canoeing, and windsurfing. In addition to water sports and a sailing club, there are walking and cycle routes around the reservoir. Cycle hire is available and you can also get refreshments there.
  • 2 The Northern Light Cinema, North End, DE4 4FG, +44 1629 337513 (box office), . W-Su 6:30-10:30PM. Small independent cinema in converted former electrical showroom - "charming, quaint, quirky, friendly, sometimes challenging but always good fun."


  • Wirksworth Festival: 9–18 September 2022. A major celebration of the creative and performing arts in September. It combines free events, like the Gig on the Roof (a music festival outside the Hope and Anchor pub), and paying events, and includes the popular Art and Architecture Trail.
  • Wirksworth Book Festival. takes place across the first two weeks in April each year. A celebration of books and reading, showcasing local writers and venues throughout the town.



  • Imagine Radio (formely Ashbourne Radio). 101.8 FM. Imagine Radio (Q17055812) on Wikidata Imagine Radio on Wikipedia
  • Greatest Hits Radio (formerly Peak FM). 102.0 FM. Greatest Hits Radio Midlands (Q104854100) on Wikidata Greatest Hits Radio Midlands on Wikipedia


  • 1 Traid Links, 20 Market Place, DE4 4ET, +44 1629 824393, . M-Sa 9:30AM-5:30PM, Su 11AM-4PM. A member of the British Association for Fair Trade Shops and Suppliers, selling a range of fair trade food, chocolate, snacks, jewellery, crafts & gifts.



  • 1 Royal Oak, 14 North End.
  • Hope & Anchor.


Wirksworth also has a range of campsites, hotels, youth hostels, and bed and breakfasts.

Stay safe[edit]

Wirksworth is located in one of the safest districts in the country. As with all towns, take reasonable precautions at night, especially around the dark alleyways surrounding the town centre.

Go next[edit]

Neighbouring destinations

This city travel guide to Wirksworth is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.