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    Welcome to Belper

    Visit the charming market town of Belper to discover the rich industrial heritage at the centre of the Valley that Changed the World.

    Things to do in Belper in the Peak District

    Belper is the only market town located at the heart of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

    The town offers a true high street experience, discover why this market town was acclaimed the Winner of the 2019 Great British High Street Awards with some retail therapy. Browse from friendly independent local shops, to Artisan bakeries, delicious delis, and unique stores. Find foods sourced straight from the producer at the farmer’s markets held on the 2nd Sunday of the month and food fairs held twice a year, in summer and December. The markets are placed on Belper’s 200-year-old marketplace surrounded by historic buildings and structures.

    Take a walk down the High Street to uncover several award-winning cafes, restaurants and delis which provide a wide range of eateries and speciality foods to tempt your taste buds. You will discover lots of quality of shops which will make your trip worthwhile, from hand-crafted jewellery to beautiful leather products there is something for everybody. Seek out for the hidden corners and independent quarters such as Strutt Street, Campbell Street or Market Place and the antiques and reclamation offer of Bridge Street and Derwent Street

    For evening entertainment, the town offers a relaxed atmosphere with restaurants, cocktail bars, micropubs, and an award-winning independent art deco cinema.

    The town has a Vibrant Belper Food Festival each summer and winter, a Farmers' Market on the second Saturday of each month and a multitude of music and cultural events throughout the year.

    Belper History & Heritage

    Once a remote Anglo-Saxon settlement. It's mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1087 as 'Bradelei'. The Normans renamed it 'Beaureparie' meaning beautiful retreat. The introduction of cotton mills by Jedediah Strutt, at the beginning of the 19th Century were to change Belper's landscape, turning this small village into a thriving market town.

    The Derwent Valley is universally recognised as the Cradle of the Industrial Revolution, now holds World Heritage Status. Close by the North Mill are the beautiful River Gardens, there are outdoor concerts during the summer months.

    At the top of the town, you will find St Johns Chapel Heritage Centre. The chapel dates back to about 1250 and contains an interesting collection of old photographs of Belper and memorabilia, it's open weekdays 9.00-12.30 and the last Saturday of every month.

    In The Area




    Great British Car Journey

    Boasting a collection of 150+ modern British classics, Great British Car Journey tells the story of the rise and fall of the British motoring…



    White Peak Distillery

    Established in 2016, White Peak Distillery is the first full-scale, craft distillery in the Peak District region.

    Alport Heights

    A popular picnic site and local landmark with extensive views of the Derwent and Ecclesbourne Valleys.


    Drive Dads Car at Great British Car Journey

    Boasting a collection of 150+ modern British classics, Great British Car Journey tells the story of the rise and fall of the British motoring…


    Belper River Gardens

    Located within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site adjacent to Strutt's historic North Mill the riverside promenade allows flat easy access…


    Shining Cliff Hostel

    Shining Cliff hostel is a unique self catering accommodation situated off-road in the middle of Shining Cliff Woods near Ambergate. The hostel is…


    The Joiners Arms

    Homely pub serving a huge range of craft beers and gins and wood-fired pizza in old-timey surrounds.


    The White Hart

    The White Hart is a place to have a good time. From upbeat live music nights, alfresco dining, local ales, our famous carvery and authentic wood…


    The Palfrey at New Inn

    Creative seasonal fare with wines & specialty cocktails are served in a hip space with a courtyard.


    The Dog at Pentrich

    Stone pub with rural views, serving Modern British cuisine and pub classics/sandwiches in the bar.


    Arthurs, Belper

    An award winning British bistro offering completely home-made, ethical and locally sourced

    Our Great Itineraries

    Car-free guide: 48 hours in the Derwent Valley

    Connecting charming towns and villages with an amazing industrial past, the Derwent Valley Line runs from Derby to Matlock.

    Events in Belper


    Belper Arts Trail

    Join the fun as we celebrate our 11th year of providing annual exhibiting space for artists. Our artists will be housed in many varied locations…


    Great British Car Journey - A Triumph of…

    Celebrate over 100 years of Triumph at Great British Car Journey

    Trails nearby

    Belper Heritage Walk

    Learn more about this industrial community and how it has changed in the past 200 years.

    Derby Heritage Walk

    Discover the southern gateway to the Derwent Valley Milld World Heritage Site.

    Villages nearby





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