NEW MILLS HERITAGE CENTRE
New Mills Heritage and Information Centre is located near to the Central Railway Station (on the Manchester to Sheffield line), and is adjacent to the Bus Station. The town centre and car parks are only a few yards away with Newtown Station (on the Manchester to Buxton line) some three quarters of a mile distant from the town centre.
The centre is to be found, on a track leading down from behind the bus station to the Torrs Riverside Park, which provides access to a dramatic gorge and an area of stunning natural beauty. The Park also contains the remains of what was an important industrial area, with the elegant Millennium Walkway winding its way for 125 yards through the gorge, high up among the canopy of trees.
The Heritage Centre is housed in a converted stone building of great character and consists of a shop and sales area selling publications, maps and trail guides. There are fixed and temporary display areas and also an urban studies centre. One room is reserved for temporary exhibitions and is popular among groups and individuals who have a story to tell or an anniversary or special event to celebrate. The Centre is fully accessible for disabled people and light refreshments and toilet facilities are available.
The most striking display is that of a finely detailed model of the town in 1884, when the Union Road Bridge was nearing completion. In addition, there are many other interesting displays relating the town's history, and an accompanying commentary, which tells ‘The New Mills Story’. For young visitors there is a reconstruction of a coal mine tunnel to crawl through.
One of the best of the many good viewpoints of the Torrs Gorge is from the platform outside the Heritage Centre. A further surprise waits in the form of the spectacular Torrs Millennium Walkway for about half of its 125 yards length it hugs a tall retaining wall, before running along pillars rising from the river bed. The walkway forms the final link in the 225 mile long Midshires Way.
Heritage Centre Viewpoint
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NEW MILLS HERITAGE CENTRE
The Heritage Centre (Tel. 01663 746904) is housed in a converted stone building of great character and tells ‘The New Mills Story’ with the aid of a magnificent model of the town as it was in 1884. There is a viewing platform outside looking down over The Torrs gorge. A small café serves mainly drinks and biscuits and in the shop maps, guides and gifts are sold. Open Wednesday - Friday from 11am - 4pm; Saturday - Sunday, 10.30am - 4.30pm (4pm in winter). Closed Mondays (Open Bank Holidays).
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NEW MILLS FEATURE
Spectacular New Mills! But many people who drive through the town by car are completely unaware of the secret beauty that lies below. The Torrs Riverside Park provides access to a dramatic gorge and an area of stunning natural beauty.
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