Interesting Places to visit and have a cupper with an elderly person who lives with dementia

Restoration Cafe

The community cafe is a lovely and quirky place in which to escape from the hustle and bustle of the shops along South Parade. This makes it ideal for anyone living with dementia, they can enjoy a cupper without all hustle and bustle of other people.

It features a mixture of cosy seating and tables, and a second hand book area, where you can pick up a good read for a small donation, or swap it in with a book of your own. You can browse displays capturing the history of our building, with details of how you can help The Grand Pavilion charity. Details of any up and coming events and shows may also be on display.

The Cafe serves a selection of snacks, beverages, cakes, and light meals, available daily and all at very reasonable prices.

All proceeds raised through cafe sales are put to very good use and contribute to the ongoing maintenance and restoration projects in the main building. So whenever you buy a cuppa, you’re doing your bit to restore The Grand Pavilion!

Peak District Mining Museum, The Grand Pavilion

Visitors to the Grand Pavilion will notice that the majority of the ground floor is home to The Peak District Mining Museum, a popular local tourist attraction that is also owned and operated by a local charity.

Don’t be put off by the museum’s exterior in the museum you are taken on an interactive journey to discover the industry of lead mining, and how it has shaped the area’s landscape.

The museum itself has something for everyone to learn from and enjoy, plus it includes entry into an authentic 1920’s lead and fluorspar mine. Here you can take a guided tour and try your hand at panning for gold.

Even if you are not visiting the museum you can browse the little shop located at the original main entrance to The Grand Pavilion for a range of mineral souvenirs, gifts, and geological books.

For further information or to enquire about Museum and Temple Mine tickets please visit their website pages

Cromford Mill

Just further on from Matlock Bath, you will come into Cromford with its historic Cromford Mill. This is an interesting place to visit, the first silk mill in the area, Arkwright’s. There is an Artisan Market showcasing local makers, artisans, and producers. The market runs each 3rd Sunday of the month in Arkwright’s historic mill yard.You can stop at Arkwright’s cafe to enjoy a cupper whilst you are soaking up the historical atmosphere.

For an in-depth description of the entire site, please refer to our Visit England Accessibility Guide.  

Arkwright’s Café

Located in the main yard at Cromford Mills, the licenced café is the perfect place to soak up the history of the mill and experience the best scones in Derbyshire!  Enjoy a lovely breakfast, light bite or a range of seasonal dishes.  Indoor and outdoor seating available, with picnic benches dotted throughout the mill yard.  Open daily from 10am to 5pm.

Café in the Park

Set in the beautiful surroundings of Hall Leys Park, in the middle of Matlock. Enjoy the park and surrounding area whilst you enjoy a wide range of snacks and meals – many of which are homemade.

Popular choices include tasty full English breakfast, homemade specials including Beef & Ale Stew in a giant Yorkshire pudding, beef lasagne with garlic bread and salad, sweet potato and spinach curry served with rice or flat bread and Afternoon Tea for 2, a selection of sandwiches, cakes, clotted cream scones & tea or coffee for two

Senior Citizens 15% off during promotional winter periods.

Located at – Hall Leys Park, 38 Causeway Lane, Matlock, DE4 3ARtel; 01629 593633

Blues Lagoon Cafe

The Blue Lagoon Cafe is open every day and the menu is served until 3 pm.

The friendly staff at Blue Lagoon will prepare fresh hot and cold food using locally sourced ingredients, you can enjoy speciality teas as well as the best coffee in the area (in our humble opinion).  Why not try our all day breakfast!

The Blue Lagoon Café is dog-friendly – muddy-paws always welcome!


If you’d been here 330 million years ago, as far as Buxton and Castleton from here there was a dazzling azure blue, equatorial lagoon – seen now as the thickly bedded, pure light-coloured limestones of the White Peak – volcanoes would have been blasting away now and again at Ashover and near Matlock, as well as further north.

Just outside on the terrace to left and right – seen now as humped back shaped rocks, was a lengthy zone of fringing reefs – complete with basking sharks, banks of large shells, corals, and wafting sea lilies – all proved in the fossil evidence.

There is ample on-site parking and the venue is wheelchair friendly, with disabled parking next to the Heritage centre

Looking for a quirky memento or some beautiful gem jewellery? After walking around the National Stone Centre site why not take a browse around our little gem of a shop. Looking for gifts? Lots of beautiful fossils, crystals, natural stone household items, books, maps, cards, and other unique and unusual treasures can be found in our Rock Shop!

The National Stone Centre

The Heritage Centre is fully accessible for wheelchair users and is equipped with hearing loops. Please contact us in advance if you have additional needs.

Porter Lane, Wirksworth, Derbyshire DE4 4LS, Tel 01629 824833 email, [email protected] owners into our ground floor reception area and rear co

Run by a small group of volunteers and set within six former limestone quarries in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales, on the edge of the Peak District National Park, and close to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, the National Stone Centre (NSC) is a 40-acre Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), for its geological formations, offering outdoor and indoor activities for all dogs are permitted throughout the building

From Lead mining to red tape, whiskey to well dressing, the galleries explore the fascinating history of Wirksworth and the people who live there.

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