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Alfreton and District Heritage Centre
Rodgers Lane, Alfreton
Derbyshire DE55 7FF

Cemetery Chapel full of photos of local interest, artifacts and maps.

Mining related and household articles since the turn of the 19th century through to today.

Other themed exhibitions at intervals through the year.

Open 14.00 to 16.00 every Sun

Admission Free

By arrangement at other times:

Tel: 01773 832349

Email: graemethemiller@yahoo.co.uk


Barlborough Heritage & Resource Centre,
1 Ward Lane, Barlborough, Chesterfield,
Derbyshire S43 4JD

The centre houses the ever increasing local history archives.

Barlborough Parish holds a wealth of history from its gentry to the local people, work & home life. With over 1,000 years of local history information, photographs and artefacts to view there is something to interest everyone.

Barlborough Parish includes: Barlborough Village, Barlborough Common, Low Common, Barbers Row and Spinkhill.

Open to the public. Admission is Free and the building has full disabled access.

Open: Mon 09.00 - 15.00 / Tue 09.00 - 17.00 / Wed Closed / Thur 09.00 - 15.00 / Fri Closed / Sat 09.00 - 13.00

School / community groups are very welcome to visit; a courtesy call from groups to acknowledge their visit is very much appreciated as we rely on volunteer support.


Tel: 01246 810100

E-mail: BarlboroughRC

Web: www.BarlboroughRC.co.uk

The village is near J30 of the M1 motorway and is about five miles north of Bolsover.

Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre
Campbell Drive, Barrow Hill,
Chesterfield, Derbyshire S43 2PR


The last operational railway roundhouse in the UK. The displays change regularly involving: steam, diesel and electric locos.

This is the HQ for the Deltic Preservation Society.

There is a short passenger line.

Tel: 01246 472450

Email: Project_man@barrowhill.org.uk


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Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
Terrace Road, Buxton
Derbyshire, SK17 6DA

Fixed displays of the history of the region from pre-history. Geology - Archeology - Roman History and more.

Temporary exhibitions.

Open all year, Tue to Fri, 09.30 - 17.30, Sat, 09.30 - 17.00; 11 Apr - 26 Sep, Sun, Bank Holidays 10.30 - 17.00

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01298 24658
Fax: 01298 79394


Castle Donington Museum
4 Apiary Gate
Castle Donington
Derbyshire, DE74 2LA

11 Apr -30 Sep, Sun, Bank Hol Mon, 14.00 - 16.30; 2nd Sat in the Month, 09.30 -1200

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01332 810719


Cromford Mill, Mill Lane, Cromford, Matlock, Derbyshire DE43RQ

A late 18th century mill, the first commercially successful water powered cotton spinning mill.

Free Entry (Guided tour fee payable)

Open all year: daily 09.00 - 17.00 (except Christmas Day)

Off the A6, 2 miles south of Matlock.

Tel: 01629 823256


Web; www.arkwrightsociety.org.uk

Picnic area close by.

Erewash Museum, High Street, Ilkeston DE7 5JA

Tel: 0115 9071141

Erwash Museum is set in a listed Georgian town house and gardens in Ilkeston town centre. Local history exhibits.

Free Entry

Open Tue, Thur, Fri and Sat 10.00 to 16.00  Mon and Sat too during local school holidays.


Phone for Bank Holiday opening times.

Glossop Heritage Centre, Bank House,
Henry Street, Glossop,
Derbyshire SK13 8BW

A truly local museum, full of maps, photos and maps.

Loads of artifacts in themed exhibitions.

Free admission

Open: Mon to Sat 10.00 to 16.00 all year round.


Tel: 01457 869176

John Smedley's Mill and Factory Shop, Lea Bridge, Derbyshire DE4 5AG

This site has been in continuous textile production for over 200 years. It now forms the manufacturing headquarters of John Smedley, continuing a tradition of production of the world’s finest knitwear. Visit the factory shop which offers a range of luxury Sea Island Cotton and Merino knitwear.

The factory shop is open daily throughout the year: 10.00 - 16.00

Admission Free

Nearest Train Station: Cromford: 30-minute walk (or catch a bus outside Cromford Mill)

Telephone: 01629 534571

Web: www.johnsmedley.com


Langwith Whaley Thorns Heritage Centre, West Street, Langwith, Mansfield,
Derbyshire, NG20 9BW

Free Admission - Donations welcome

Open: Wed, Sat and Sun 10.00 to 15.00

The Heritage Centre houses the John Hyatt Collection of artefacts that chart the development of the region. Agricultural and mining heritage.


Midland Railway Centre (Swanwick Junction Site), Near Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3QW

The Princess Royal Class Locomotive Trust's "West Shed Experience"

Home to a collection of historic steam locomotives and railway coaches.

This is the only place where you can see one of each type of Sir William Stanier's Pacific locomotives - 6233 Princess Coronation Class 'Dutches of Sutherland' (the current Royal Train steam loco) and 46203 Princess Royal Class 'Princess Margaret Rose'

Open Every day 10.00 to 16.30

Admission Free - Donations at your discretion.


New Mills Heritage and Information Centre,
Rock Mills Lane, New Mills, High Peak,
Derbyshire SK22 3BN

Free Entry

Closed Mon

Open Tue to Fri 11.00 16.00

Sats, Sun and Bank Holidays 10.30 to 16.30 (16.00 in winter)


Tel: 01663 746202

Derby’s city centre makes exploring easy as it is so compact. There are three Free museums locally, listed below.

The Silk Mill,
Derby’s Museum of Industry and History
Derby, Derbyshire DE1 3AF

The historic Silk Mill has become Derby's Industrial Museum. Major industrial names to which Derby owes its wealth and development are represented there.

Opening Hours:
Mon 11.00 - 17.00
Tue to Sat 10.00 - 17.00
Sun 14.00 - 17.00
Bank Holidays 14.00 - 17.00

Admission is Free


Derby Museum and Art Gallery,
Derby, Derbyshire DE1 1BS

Illustrating the local Arts, History, Natural History and Militaria, including internationally acclaimed Collections of early Derby porcelain (1750's onwards), world famous Joseph Wright (of Derby) paintings and clocks by John Whitehurst.

Opening Hours:
Mon 11.00 - 17.00
Tue to Sat 10.00 - 17.00
Sun 14.00 - 17.00
Bank Holidays 14.00 - 17.00

Admission is Free


Pickford's House, 41 Friar Gate,
Derby, Derbyshire DE1 1DA

Pickford's House was built in 1770 by the architect Joseph Pickford. This was his family home and work premises. Other houses in Friar Gate, the finest Georgian Street in Derby, were also designed by Pickford. Number 41 is the only one which the public has access and learn about domestic life in the early nineteenth century in Derby. Pickford's House is a Grade One listed building.

Opening Hours:
Mon 11.00 - 17.00
Tue to Sat 10.00 - 17.00
Sun 14.00 - 17.00
Bank Holidays 14.00 - 17.00

Admission is Free

Parties by arrangement only


Leawood Pumphouse, Cromford Canal, Cromford, Derbyshire

Leawood Pumphouse houses a working steam pumping engine of 1849 is still capable of lifting 4,000 litres of water from the river Derwent to the Cromford Canal with each stroke.

Opening Times: 12.00 - 17.00

Dates and times vary - please telephone: 01629 823204 to confirm

Admission Free

Web: www.derbyshire.gov.uk

Level 2, Westfield Derby, West Mall,
Derby DE1 2PQ

Relax and be spoilt at our free Mummy Mornings on the 1st and 3rd Wed every month at 9.30 at Eat Central, Level 2, Westfield Derby, West Mall, Derby DE1 2PQ

Each morning is themed, from style and beauty sessions, to advice on relaxation and well being. So come down and enjoy some special me-time with other mums, dads and carers over a Free cup of coffee.

Link to - Mummy-Mornings

Contact the Concierge team on 01332 366383 or conciergederby@westfield-uk.com for more information.

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Below this line, in the grey area, we are adding alternative days out to the Free listings that DoFreeStuff is renowned for. This is to help you plan your family days out. The attractions listed below make a charge for admission!

Bakewell Old House Museum, Bakewell
Belper North Mill Trust, Belper
Calke Abbey, Derby
Caudwell's Mill, nr Matlock
Chatsworth, Bakewell
Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery, Chesterfield
Denby Pottery Visitor Centre, Denby
Derby City Museum and Art Gallery, Derby
Derby Industrial Museum, Derby
Donington Grand Prix Collection, nr Derby

Erewash Museum, Ilkeston
Eyam Hall, Hope Valley
Eyam Museum, Hope Valley
Haddon Hall, Bakewell
Hardwick Hall, Garden, Park and Stainsby Mill, Chesterfield
Heights of Abraham Cable Cars, Caverns & Country Park, Matlock Bath
High Peak Trail, Middleton by Wirksworth
Kedleston Hall and Park, Derby
Kegworth Museum, Kegworth
Lea Gardens, nr Matlock

Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills
Working Textile Museum
Derby Road, Matlock Bath
Derbyshire, DE4 3PY, Tel: 01629 - 581001

Melbourne Hall and Gardens, Melbourne
Moira Furnace Museum, Swadlincote
National Tramway Museum (The), Matlock
Peak Cavern, Castleton
Peak District Mining Museum, Matlock Bath
Pickford's House Museum, Derby
Pooles Cavern and Country Park, Buxton
Red House Stables and Carriage Museum, Matlock
Renishaw Hall Gardens, Renishaw
Revolution House, Chesterfield
Royal Crown Derby Visitor Centre, Derby

Speedwell Cavern, Hope Valley
Sudbury Hall & The National Trust Museum of Childhood, Sudbury
Tissington Hall, Ashbourne
Treak Cliff Cavern, Hope Valley
Wind in the Willows Attraction, Matlock

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