Whitworth Hall and Park


The Whitworth Hall and Park

Both Whitworth Hall and Park are steeped in Victorian industrial history. Lady Louisa Whitworth, wife of the industrialist Sir Joseph Whitworth, had a vision of creating a place where people could meet for leisure, recreational and educational purposes. The venue is unique in that it is the only surviving Whitworth foundation that continues to operate under the terms of its original endowment.

The Whitworth operates as a host for a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor events, all of which help to support the upkeep of the building and extensive park land. The Whitworth is a Charitable Trust dependent on the support of local people. Every penny that comes from the sale of an ice cream in the cafe, or a donation made to us, is reinvested in the building and park.

The Whitworth – A beautiful venue in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales

The Whitworth is a magnificent grade two listed Victorian-gothic architectural gem situated alongside the A6 halfway between Matlock and Bakewell. The Whitworth consists of a variety of beautifully preserved rooms each which contain fascinating original features dating back 130 years. The venue offers free WI-FI in every room as well as a range of audio visual equipment available to hire for your convenience. All room are fully accessible for wheelchair users and a loop hearing system is available in each room as required.

The Park provides a tranquil relaxation area for lunch break contemplation by conference delegates. It comprises over ten acres of superbly landscaped grounds with pleasant walks along tranquil tree-lined avenues and a picturesque lake, water features with an ornamental rustic wooden bridge, and an abundance of rare and mature trees which stand stately and proud beside the pathways throughout the Park.

Whilst the park is private land, it is open to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with the Whitworth Terrace Café open 10am to 4pm each day.

Did you know?

The Whitworth is the location of the oldest heated swimming pool in the UK. Whilst the pool is no longer in use, the room is still used to host a wide variety of sports and events.

The venue is also home to one of the oldest Billiards Clubs in the world. Club memberships are available to purchase from the website.

For more information on The Whitworth or to check out our upcoming events go to www.thewhitworth.org