Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site

The Cradle of the Industrial Revolution


In December 2001, the Derwent Valley Mills in Derbyshire was inscribed on the World Heritage List. This international designation confirms the outstanding importance of the area as the birthplace of the factory system where in the 18th Century water power was successfully harnessed for textile production.


Stretching 15 miles down the river valley from Matlock Bath to Derby, the World Heritage Site contains a fascinating series of historic mill complexes, including some of the world's first 'modern' factories.  The mill town of Belper stands in the centre of the valley and includes the Derwent Valley Visitor Centre where you will discover the secrets of the valley.




View the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site film to get a flavour of the area and see where it begins...


Find out more about the Belper section of the World Heritage Site.




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