Alfreton on the northern edge of the Amber Valley is a good gateway holiday base into the Peak District. The Derbyshire Dales, Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and the cities of Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield are all easily accessed from Alfreton which sits just off the M1 Motorway.
A choice of top Peak District family attractions are within easy reach of Alfreton including the Crich Tramway Museum, Matlock Bath attractions and the East Midland Railway at Swanwick. Alfreton and the Amber Valley are also top spots for designer outlets and discount factory shops.
Alfreton makes a great eastern gateway in to the Peaks and Derbyshire Dales. A historic Derbyshire market town with historic links to both coal mining and textiles, Alfreton nestles on the northern edge of the Amber Valley conveniently close to Junction 28 of the M1 Motorway. Visitors based in the Alfreton and Amber Valley area have easy access to Matlock, the Derwent Valley and to the nearby cities of Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield via the fast M1 motorway link. Just to the west of Alfreton sit top family attractions in and around the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site including the popular Crich Tramway Museum.
The Alfreton Heritage Centre housed within a cemetry chapel is a good place to find out more about the coal mining heritage and history of the Alfreton area. An extensive collection of local photographs, maps, artefacts and mining objects are on display here. Historic buildings in Alfreton include the Grade II listed Alfreton Hall, a stunning 18th century mansion which was the ancestral home of the Palmer-Morewood family who feature strongly in Alfreton's history and owned local coal mines. Recently restored, Alfreton Hall is a superb venue for weddings and conference events and a pretty public park with leisure facilities surrounds the Hall.
To the south of Alfreton around the Swanwick area is The Midland Railway Centre, a heritage steam railway running from Butterley via Swanwick. The Midland Railway's heritage museum site is at Swanwick together with a children's play area, heritage railway buildings and a great model railway. Find out more via the Midland Railway Centre's website.
Extensive amenities in Alfreton including a bustling high street lined with shops and a good selection of cafes and restaurants make the town an ideal family holiday base with easy access into the Peaks and to the Crich Tramway Museum and Matlock Bath attractions.
Alfreton and the Amber Valley is a real hotspot for a superb choice of designer factory shops and designer outlets. This area around Alfreton, Belper, Ripley and in the Peaks around Matlock Bath offers one of the best selection of factory shops in England. Many are housed within heritage textile mill buildings such as the 'mother of factory shops' in the area, the fantastic Masson Mills in Matlock Bath. In Alfreton is the David Nieper Factory Shop which sells a range of quality designer lingerie, nightwear, swimwear and leisurewear all at discount factory shop prices. Also in Alfreton on Wimsey Way (Alfreton Trading Estate) sits Rockfall for quality ladies and gents casual footwear, walking boots, fleeces and coats all at discount prices.
Just across the M1 east of Alfreton sits the East Midlands Designer Outlet. Come off at Junction 28 on the M1 motorway and follow the A38 towards Mansfield. Brown and white signs direct you off the A38 to the Designer Outlet Village. A mecca for quality clothing brands at discount prices (reduced by up to 70 percent) including Jaeger, Ben Sherman, Calvin Klein and Marks & Spencer, the East Midlands Designer Outlet also features a selection of fine cafes and restaurants. Ample parking is onsite and family facilities include a play area in the foodcourt with a Sherwood Forest theme.
At the Alfreton Trading Estate in Somercotes you'll find more great factory shop outlets including Acanthus selling a range of ornamental garden stoneware and look out for the Coats Viyella Factory shop in Somercotes on Nottingham Road.
A handy booklet well worth picking up from tourist information centres and attraction venues is the Amber Valley Individual Factory Shops Trail. This features a map of top factory shops, craft centres and farm shops around the area including the Aristoc Factory Shop at Belper, Crich Pottery and Gallery and Denby Pottery Factory Shop.
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