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Amber Valley, Derbyshire, England


A Historic Tour of Amber Valley

A Historic Tour of Amber Valley

Amber Valley

Set in the "Heart of Derbyshire", Amber Valley offers glorious scenery which forms the background for tranquil villages and bustling market towns. Within the green fields and dense woodlands are a range of attractions that will appeal to all ages and interests. The River Derwent flows through Amber Valley forging the route of the National Heritage Corridor.

There are excellent transport attractions: At the Midland Railway-Butterley, enjoy the nostalgia of the era of steam and take in the numerous exhibits at the impressive Museum. Just a few miles away. Crich Tramway Village offers unlimited journeys along the tramway route with spectacular views across open countryside.

Wingfield Manor is set on the hillside overlooking South Wingfield village. This was the setting for the famous Babington plot involving Mary Queen of Scots, that changed the course of history. To the south is Kedleston Hall, which is one of the most important buildings associated with the Scottish architect Robert Adam.

There are beautiful gardens and parks throughout Amber Valley. In the early Spring and Summer visitors to Lea Gardens may enjoy one of the largest collections of rhododendrons and azaleas to be found anywhere in the country. Adjacent to the River Gardens at Belper, the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre is housed in the historic Strutt's North Mill which is now part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

The history and heritage of the Amber Valley links it with famous names worldwide. A local man, Robert Watchorn became Commissioner of Immigration at Ellis Island in 1905. Whilst Florence Nightingale of Holloway was the daughter of a local landowner and became perhaps the most famous woman in the world.

Easily accessible from National and Regional airports or by rail or road, Amber Valley is well worth including in your visit.

For more Information please contact:
Amber Valley Tourism
Town Hall
Market Place
Ripley
Derbyshire
DE5 3BT
Web:  www.visitambervalley.com
Email:  tourism@ambervalley.gov.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1773 841482
Fax: +44 (0)1773 841487

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