Wirksworth and the local area
Wirksworth is a small historic town which is now a thriving arts venue with an annual festival in September. The town is surrounded by beautiful countryside and offers splendid walking and cycling opportunities. Individual shops, restaurants, a deli and an independent cinema surround the market place in the heart of the town and are all a few minutes’ walk from Agricola house. Explore the steep terraces, narrow streets and alleyways in this historic town which was once one of the most important lead mining centres in England.
There is plenty to do during your stay. The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway stretches nine miles south from Coldwell St in Wirksworth and runs heritage diesel railcars and small steam locomotives; a scenic ride that can be enjoyed by all of the family. Close to Wirksworth, Carsington Water is a popular destination for visitors of all kinds, open all year round, with an excellent visitor centre, as well as walking and cycling routes around the lake plus opportunities for water sports. One of the town’s unique attractions is the National Stone Centre, which offers activities such as gem-panning and fossil-casting. Bakewell, Ashbourne, Dovedale, Matlock Bath, Chatsworth and Haddon hall are all a short drive from Agricola house which is in an ideal location for a relaxing holiday.