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Travel Guide to holidays in... Wirksworth, Derbyshire, England

Wirksworth is the second largest town in the Derbyshire Peak District, and is also one of the area’s oldest. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and developed as a centre for lead mining and stone quarrying. There are many fine old buildings to be found here, the most notable of which is St Mary’s Church, which is believed to date to around 653 AD. Now the town is a bustling local centre with a variety of small shops - including galleries, tea shops, craft shops and pubs.

In the late 19th century the remains of a woolly rhino were found in the Dream Cave in Carsington Pastures, close to Wirksworth. The Wirksworth Heritage Centre showcases the history of Wirksworth, from its Roman and lead mining histories, to the woolly rhino, and then the modern era. Other nearby attractions include the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, the Steeple Grange Light Railway, and the National Stone Centre, which tells the story of stone and how it has influenced the development of the area.

Despite the centrality of the mining industry to the town, the landscape around is very picturesque. Wirksworth is an excellent base from which to explore the Peak District National Park, with its rugged moorlands and beautiful limestone dales. Just a few of the tourist attractions within this area include Alton Towers, Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Hardwick Hall, Lyme Hall, the Buxton Museum, the show caves at Castleton and Buxton, and the cable railway at Matlock. Follow the links to find holiday cottages and lets available in this area on Go2, or view the surrounding area on the map below.

For many of those staying in our holiday cottages in Derbyshire, the main appeal of the county will be the unspoilt scenery of the Peak District, in the north of the county. However, there are many other attractions waiting for you in this varied region,

Derbyshire boasts a number of fine country houses, including Chatsworth House & Gardens, one of our finest stately homes with a magnificent chapel, not to mention an impressive water cascade and the towering plume of the Emperor Fountain. And Hardwick Hall in Doe Lea is one of England’s finest Elizabethan houses, with an amazing frontage of tall windows. Bolsover Castle, dating from the 12th Century, is also well worth a visit during one of our Derby cottage holidays.

The city of Derby has some excellent shopping and the Cathedral is famous for its impressive tower. If you’re in a ghoulish mood, pay a visit to Derby Gaol, a popular visitor attraction based in the old dungeons of Derby County Gaol. Afterwards, why not take a stroll in Derby Arboretum, England’s first public park, or take a look around Pickford’s House, a marvellous example of 18th Century architecture.

Read more about Wirksworth at Wikipedia, or... Find holiday cottages and lets in Wirksworth with Go2.

Map of Wirksworth

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Accommodation in Wirksworth

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What to Visit and Where to Eat in Wirksworth

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Hungry? For great restaurants and cafes in Wirksworth pay the following sites a visit...

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Sugarvine - UK Restaurant Guide

For more great dining in Wirksworth visit Sugar Vine

If you like walking then be sure to visit the following site before heading off to Wirksworth...

Walks Around Britian

Walks Around Britain - Britain's only walking website with video walks. Walking routes, maps, information and more about walking in Britain - on DVD and Blu-ray too.

Finally, if you're packing your cycles and want to find some great routes in the Wirksworth area then... - should have all the information you'll need. As well as cycle routes this site is also packed with information, guides, a store and its own forums.

The Weather in Wirksworth

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How to Get There - Your Transport Travel Guide to Wirksworth

Transport tavel guide to Wirksworth

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Travelling to or from Ireland? Don't forget the ferry! Not only does it give you the freedom of taking your own car but it provides a superb experience of travelling by sea and exploring the coastline. With convenient routes between Holyhead and Dublin, or Pembroke and Rosslare, we recommend Irish Ferries for great, low-cost, transport. They are the leading Irish ferry company and provide both an excellent service, and excellent prices.

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