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Some of the Best Places to Visit in Belper

Some of the Best Places to Visit in Belper

In our previous news article, we discussed our top 3 walking routes around Belper. While many walkers and hikers visit this historic market town every year, we also know that other tourists and families visit Belper for other reasons such as the great attractions it has to offer. Whether it’s your first trip to Belper or you’re just passing through, let’s share some of the best local places that are always well worth the visit.

Strutt’s North Mill

The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site is a series of 18th and 19th-century cotton mills which played a crucial role in the UK’s Industrial Revolution. It is situated along the River Derwent and stretches across 15 miles. Starting at Matlock Bath and through Cromford, Belper, Milford, Darley Abbey and into the city of Derby. The Cromford Mill is known as the world’s first water-powered cotton spinning mill. 

Another part of the Derwent Valley Mills is Strutt’s North Mill, one of the world’s oldest surviving examples of iron-framed fireproof buildings. It was built in 1804 and is approximately a 10-minute walk from the town centre of Belper. Discover its industrial heritage and the history of Belper by taking a heritage walk or tour. For instance, ‘A Strutt Around the Mills’ begins at Archway House every Wednesday and Saturday at 11 am and 1:30 pm until October. To book a heritage walk or tour, you can purchase tickets through the Strutt’s North Mill website

Belper River Gardens

A short walking distance from Strutt’s North Mill is Belper River Gardens. This dog-friendly park can be accessed from Matlock Road and is open daily from 8 am until dusk. Take a stroll along the River Derwent and discover the Grade II listed dodecahedron bandstand. There is also a well-equipped play area to keep children entertained. During the summer, boating on the river is usually available for a small fee. You may also spot three poems in the park as part of Beth’s poetry trail around Belper.

Belper Park Local Natural Reserve

On the opposite side of the town is Belper Park Local Natural Reserve which is open to everyone all year around. Parking is available at Coppice car park near Belper Market Place. This Green Flag award-winning park is enjoyed by both residents, visitors and four-legged friends. Take a leisurely walk through the beautiful woodland and enjoy a picnic on the lawn or one of the benches. During the spring and summer, make sure to explore the wildflower meadow near the Coppice car park entrance. There is also a kid’s playground and a football field for fun and games. 

Visit One of Belper’s Leading Hotels

After a day of exploring the beauty and history of Belper, pay a visit to one of Belper’s leading hotels – The Lion Hotel. We are situated in the heart of the town, a 5-minute walk from Belper train station and bus station. This makes The Lion Hotel an ideal destination for new and returning visitors, no matter where you are travelling from! 

Expand your trip to Belper by staying in one of our en-suite bedrooms. Contact us today to reserve your booking. Feeling hungry on your trip? Book a table at our restaurant. Treat yourself to your favourite beverage and a delicious hearty meal. Have a look at our gastro menu or children’s menu, we have something for everyone’s taste. For more places to visit around Belper, visit our Things To Do page. Otherwise, speak to a friendly member of our team. We will be happy to recommend more activities or attractions in the area and give directions if needed during your stay with us.

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