Belper River Gardens

These unique riverside gardens have been offering visitors a tranquil setting to view the River Derwent for over 100 years.  Located within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site adjacent to Strutt's historic North Mill the riverside promenade allows flat easy access to the gardens and riverside.


The beautiful gardens include shrubberies and colourful flowerbeds together with a central bandstand.  A new featured play area offers children play facilities inspired by the history of Belper and the cotton mill industry of the world heritage site.


Rowing boats may be hired in the summer to take a trip along nearly three miles of the river and catch sight of a variety of bird life.  Throughout the summer months there are band concerts, outdoor theatre and other special events in the grounds.


Features include:

   Boat house & Rowing Boats

   Childrens Play area


   Beths Poetry Trail

   Park keeper

   Mill Lade pond and ducks

   Car parking

   Public Toilets



Belper River Gardens, Matlock Road, Belper, Derbyshire. DE56 1BE

Telephone  Enquiries 

01773 570222



Admission free: Car parking charges apply.

Riverboats can be hired at the River Gardens running from April to September. There is a charge for this service.


*Please note, the River Gardens will be closed from 9/9/19 - 23/9/19 due to works being carried out at the tearoom site.  There may be future occasions when there is a futher need to close for health and safety reasons to protect the public depending on the nature of works being undetaken.


All year round during daylight hours.  Following a road traffic collision, vehicle access to the Belper River Gardens is currently unavailable.   


The Belper River Gardens remain open and pedestrian access is available into the River Gardens via the Bridgefoot/Ashbourne Road pedestrian entrance.    Car parking is not available on site at the present time and can be located at Bridge Street and Field Lane Pay & Display Car Parks.   We apologise for any inconvenience.