New Mills Heritage and Information Centre
Rock Mill Lane, New Mills, High Peak, Derbyshire SK22 3BN
Tel: 01663 746904
Tuesday - Friday 10.30am - 4pm
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays 10.30am - 4pm (4.30pm BST)
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Our honorary curator Mr J Humphries would like to retire from this position next year and we are currently looking for a suitable person to replace him. Ideally we would like to find a replacement before Mr Humphries retires so that he can 'train up' his successor. If you would like to be considered for this position please send in your details to the Heritage Centre FAO Mr Humphries. Thank you
New Mills lies on the north-western fringe of the Peak District, about 8 miles east of Stockport, UK.
The Heritage and Information Centre is conveniently located near the Central Railway Station (on the Manchester to Sheffield line), adjacent to the Bus Station. Newtown Station (on the Manchester to Buxton line) is three quarters of a mile away.
The Centre is on the track leading down into the 'Torrs', a dramatic gorge above which the town perches. The Torrs - 'the Park under the Town' - provides access to an area of spectacular natural beauty which includes mills and the ruined foundations of mills and weirs lying in the bottom of the gorges, attracted to the site at the end of the eighteenth century by the water power potential.
The Torrs path links with the Sett Valley Trail along the old railway track to Hayfield and the Goyt Way, a long distance route linking the Manchester conurbation with the Goyt Valley and the Peak District National Park.
The Centre offers a selection of light refreshments, local tourist information, trail guides, walking books and maps, local history publications, gifts and souvenirs. Our friendly team of volunteers are always on hand to help and advise when they can.
Opposite the gate into the Centre is the viewing platform and from here you can look down on the Millennium Walkway.
Our cafe offers a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy a well earned drink and a snack - Tea, coffee, chocolate, soup and a selection of chilled drinks are available along with cakes, biscuits, flapjacks and chocolate bars. Dogs are welcome
There are also tables out in the courtyard should you prefer to sit outside.
The Museum tells 'The New Mills Story'
The formation of the magnificent Torrs gorges over 10,000 years ago
The Torrs gorges were created during the ice age when ice occupied the Goyt and Sett river valleys. Meltwater from the ice cut 94 feet (29m) through the Woodhead Hill rock, a hard sandstone
The area in the times of Domesday, 1,000 years ago
The fascinating story of the medieval 'New Mylne' which gave its name to the town
The growth of cotton, coal mining, roads and rail
The people of New Mills at work, at play and at prayer
Listen to John Potts - a life size model in his workshop - as he tells you the story of his invention
A model of New Mills as it was in 1884 is a 3D illustration of the accompanying commentary which expalins how New Mills grew from a single corn mill to an industrial town the model is further enhanced with an interactive panel which highlights some of the main points of interest both historic and current.
Put on a hard hat and crawl through a reconstruction of a coal mine tunnel there is also a colliers wagon
To download PDF copies of trail guides and information leaflets for New Mills please click here