Old House Museum



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This originally Tudor house is so-named because it is thought to be the oldest house in Bakewell, was used by Richard Arkwright to house tenants from his nearby mill. It is now an award-winning local museum. It features a Victorian kitchen and changing displays of local history, toys and lace. It also has ceramics, tools, a dressing up box for children, trails and quizzes.

Old House Museum
Cunningham Place, BAKEWELL, DE45 1DD
Phone : 01629 813642


  • Parking nearby
  • Ground floor accessible via portable ramp
  • Facilities: DVD of collection & history of building, digital photos of upper floor, parking for blue badge holders, wheelchair accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open 25 Mar-5 Nov, daily 11-4

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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