35 Saint John's Street, Wirksworth, DE4 4DS

Wirksworth Heritage Centre

Recently relocated, and over thirty years on from its original launch in the 1980’s, Wirksworth’s new Heritage Centre has recently undergone a £1.6m redevelopment supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Three floors of museum exhibitions and artefacts bring to life the stories of our fascinating town and its people, illustrating Wirksworth’s long history, the town’s quirky, creative and nonconformist qualities, its long-established rural community and traditional celebrations.

The centre tells the story of Wirksworth folk – how their lives have been influenced through the changing industries of lead mining, quarrying and textiles; of famous characters, and of the more recent regeneration of the town as a centre for culture and the arts.

A varied programme of events at the Heritage Centre throughout the year includes:

  • Heritage tours and talks
  • Exhibitions
  • Music, storytelling and poetry
  • Craft workshops

The Heritage Centre is the ideal place to find information on things to see and do around the area, and regular Guided Walks around the town also start and finish here.

If you’re on the look-out for a souvenir of your visit to Wirksworth, the Heritage Centre shop is the place to come. It has a great range of cards, books and gifts, including T’Owd Man and Wirksworth-branded items to suit all tastes and pockets.

 Webster’s Café at Wirksworth Heritage Centre

Named after the family that owned the building for over 150 years, Webster’s Café is open daily (including Sunday) from 9am until 4.30pm, offering hot and cold drinks, a selection of cakes, snacks and delicious home-made meals, including vegetarian options. The menu changes regularly to reflect the seasons.  Indoor and outdoor courtyard seating available. Muddy boots and cyclists welcome (dogs too, in our courtyard!)  Free wi-fi.

 Opening Times

The Heritage Centre is open daily 9am to 5pm, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Last entry to museum 4pm. Websters Café is open daily 9am to 4.30pm.


Adults: £4*, Children: £1 (aged 13-15), Children: free (12 and under)  *FREE RETURN – pay once and come back free for a year.


The Heritage Centre is fully accessible for wheelchair users on all floors and is equipped with hearing loops. If you have additional needs please contact us in advance of your visit. We welcome dogs and their owners into our ground floor reception area and rear courtyard. Assistance dogs are permitted throughout the building.

Tel: 01629 707000

Email: info@wirksworthheritagecentre.org


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