See how bells are made in Loughborough, take a ride on Britain’s only restored Main line railway and take a tour of a working mill. Countryside lovers won’t be disappointed as we also explore the beautiful Derbyshire Dales.
How bells are made
Detailed Overview


4* Derby Midland Hotel

Hallmark Hotel Derby Midland is within walking distance of the city centre, opposite Derby Railway Station. It’s a perfect location if you’re visiting Derby and on the edge of the Peak District, this landmark building combines Victorian features with contemporary décor.

•  Lift does not reach all floors • Spacious working desk and chair  • Complimentary toiletries • Freeview TV •  Tea/coffee making facilities • Hairdryer • Laundry service • Wi-Fi • Iron and ironing board • Restaurant  • Bar • Lounge •

Price includes

  • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • Welcome Tea/coffee on arrival

  • Choice menu at dinner

  • A journey on the Great Central Railway

  • Entrance and guided tour of the Bell Foundry Museum

  • Entry and guided tour of Cromford Mill

  • Entrance to Crich Tramway Museum

  • Guided tour of Derby

  • Porterage

  • Escorted throughout

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We travel to the hotel arriving for dinner.

Day 2

Bakewell & Peak District National Park
Today's excursion takes in the best of the lovely Derbyshire Dales as we travel via Dovedale and Hartington to the attractive town of Buxton. After time in the town we return through the Peak District National Park.

Day 3

Great Central Railway & Bell Foundry Museum
This morning we travel on the Great Central Railway past historic stations with beautiful views of the countryside until we arrive in Loughborough where we have free time before we visit the Bell Foundry Museum. Part of the world's largest working bell foundry. The museum shows the craft techniques of moulding, casting, tuning and the fitting travel on the Great Central up of bells. Plus, the history of some of the famous castings.

Please Note condition of entrance from the Bell Foundry Museum: Strong (not fabric) fully enclosed shoes (toes, sides and back must be covered with no slits or gaps in the uppers) are to be worn on the tour of the works. Persons not wearing the appropriate type of footwear will be refused entry

Day 4

Cromford Mill & Crich Tramway Village
The Derwent Valley was the first place where steam was used to power mill machinery, starting a revolution in milling. It is now a World Heritage Site and we'll visit Cromford mill, home to Sir Richard Arkwright's first mill complex and birthplace of the modern factory system, built in 177. In the afternoon we head to the Crich Tramway Village, containing over 60 trams built between 1873 and 1982, a period village containing a pub, cafe, old-style sweetshop and tram depots. Travel on a vintage tram, viewing the exhibitions and marvelling at the spectacular views.

Day 5

Guided tour of Derby
We depart our hotel and take a tour of Derby with a local guide. A city that is tied in with railway buildings, silk making and the Roundhouse, the world's first and oldest surviving railway house. After our tour we head for home.

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