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New Mills Heritage and Information CentreSun, 25th October 2020

New Mills Heritage and Information Centre



Rock Mill Lane, New Mills, High Peak, Derbyshire SK22 3BN

Tel:  01663 746904





Opening Times

Tuesday - Friday 10.30am - 4pm

Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays 10.30am - 4pm (4.30pm BST)


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New Mills Heritage and Information Centre


Ownership and Management 


New Mills Heritage and Information Centre is owned by New Mills Town Council and is housed in several rooms on the ground floor of a converted building leased by the Town Council. It opened to the people of New Mills and Visitors in July 1989. 


The running costs of the centre are met by the Town Council, which is the governing body.  The day-to-day running of the Centre is the responsibility of the Administrator who is employed by the Town Council, and is assisted by a large group of expreienced volunteers, who give their time towards the running of the Centre. The Honorary Curator of the Centre is appointed by the Town Council. The current Curatorial Adviser is a former member of staff of The Manchester Museum. 


The Centre was established in 1989 and has over 12,000 visitors a year.  It includes the Museum, an Information Centre and a shop, which generates income by selling publications, maps, trails, sundries,  light refreshments. The centre stocks books on aspects of the history of the town and its area as well as guided history trails and welcomes research and study enquiries.


The Centre’s collection includes over 250 items. The permanent displays are augmented by temporary exhibitions and  special events are organised to attract users. Volunteers  assistants are on duty to service the shop, provide information, deal with or pass on enquiries. Volunteers also help to manage the collection under the supervision of the  Administrator and Honorary Curator.








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