We'll be building up a list of places of interest local to The Denby Lodge that registered users can rate. This will help visitors to the area find the best places to go and might even provide some inspiration for us locals too. If you want more information on any of these, why not pop in and see us - we might have some further literature, advice or even discount tickets for some of them.
Crich Tramway Village
The National Tramway Museum, in Crich, Derbyshire, is situated within Crich Tramway Village, a period village containing a pub, cafe, old-style sweetshop, including the tram depots.
The village is also home to the Eagle Press, a small museum dedicated to letterpress printing including an 1859 Columbian printing press. The museum''s collection of trams runs through the village setting.
Visitors are transported out into the countryside and back, aboard the varied fleet of trams.
A really great day for all of the family.
Located just south of Ripley, off the A38, Denby Visitor Centre is open daily throughout the year. The centre is free to enter and has a pleasant cobbled courtyard surrounded by shops and the famous Denby Factory Shop packed full of great bargains on seconds. Things to do at the centre include a choice of fascinating fully guided pottery tours suitable for the family with 'hands on' activities such as paint a plate and make a clay souvenir. There are also free daily cookery demonstrations in the kitchen theatre lasting around 30 minutes.
Examples from Denby's 200 years can be seen in the small museum and Bourne's Restaurant serves delicious Derbyshire snacks, meals and drinks. The award winning shops include the new Denby Home Store, Cookery Emporium, Garden and Gift Shops plus Dartington Crystal Factory Shop.
Derwent Valley Heritage Way
The Derwent Valley Heritage Way is a 55mile long waymarked walk. It follows the River Derwent through the Peak District National Park, via Chatsworth and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site to join the River Trent near Shardlow.
The trail passes through Belper, around 4miles from the Denby Lodge and offers magnificent scenery, heritage and wildlife.
The mill, built in 1797 and restored to working order in 2002, is a unique Grade II* listed building set in the Derbyshire countryside, with spectacular views towards the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.
Things to do include informative tours with guides in period costumes, a visit to the Interpretation Centre and a souveniour shop selling Heage Windmill flour along with light refreshments.
Take a trip back in time to the 1760s at this spectacular Neo-classical mansion framed by historic parkland.
Designed for lavish entertaining and displaying an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and original furnishings, Kedleston is a stunning example of the work of architect Robert Adam.
The Curzon family have lived here since the 12th-century and continue to live at the Hall. Lord Curzon's Eastern Museum is a treasure trove of fascinating objects acquired on his travels in Asia.
As well as the obvious attractions both inside and outside the building, Kedleston Hall offers a full calendar of events ranging from family activities to informative lectures.