Middleton Top Engine House



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The octagonal Middleton Top Engine House is home to a beam engine built in 1829 for the Cromford and High Peak Railway, still in its original condition. The engine’s job was to haul wagons up the steep Middleton Incline, and its last trip was in 1963 after being in service for an astonishing 134 years. The visitor centre tells the story of this historic railway, which is now a popular multi-user trail which offers easy access to some beautiful countryside. There is a cycle hire centre on site, offering a range of bikes for all ages.

Middleton Top Engine House
Middleton Top Visitor Centre,WIRKSWORTH,Matlock,DE4 4LS


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Information Centre open daily, 9.30-4.45. Sep-Easter weekends only 9.30-4.15. (Open Oct half term). Engine House Easter-Oct 1st weekend in month (engine in motion). Cycle hire daily, 9.30-5 (winter weekends only)

About the area

Discover Derbyshire

The natural features of this central English county range from the modest heights of the Peak District National Park, where Kinder Scout stands at 2,088 ft (636 m), to the depths of its remarkable underground caverns, floodlit to reveal exquisite Blue John stone. Walkers and cyclists will enjoy the High Peak Trail which extends from the Derwent Valley to the limestone plateau near Buxton, and for many, the spectacular scenery is what draws them to the area.

The county is well endowed with stately homes – most notably Chatsworth, the palatial home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, with its outstanding collections of paintings, statuary and art. Other gems include the well preserved medieval Haddon Hall, the Elizabethan Hardwick Hall, and Kedleston Hall, whose entrance front has been described as the grandest Palladian façade in Britain.

The spa town of Matlock is the county’s administrative centre and other major towns of interest include Derby and the old coal mining town of Chesterfield, with its crooked spire. Around the villages of Derbyshire, look out for the ancient tradition of well dressing, the decorating of springs and wells – the precious sources of life-sustaining water – with pictures formed from flowers.

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