Before you venture out, please see the latest information about coronavirus and visiting our countryside sites.
Middleton Top, as you might expect, is at the top of a hill and offers delightful views of the surrounding countryside.
This site has a visitor centre, gift shop and cycle hire centre, car park, toilets and picnic area. Whether on foot, horse or bike it is an ideal place to start your visit along the beautiful High Peak Trail.
It houses the restored steam engine house built in 1829 by the Butterley Company to haul wagons up the Middleton incline.
The Middleton Top Engine House is open to the public on certain weekends throughout the year.
The countryside centre sells a range of books, maps, leaflets and gifts, along with hot and cold drinks, ice creams and snacks. There are plenty of places nearby to enjoy a scenic picnic including Redhill Quarry Nature Reserve located behind Middleton Top. Here you will find wildflowers growing in abundance in the summer, including several species of orchid.
Visitor centre summer opening hours
Easter to August and September 1-3 from 9:30am to 4:45pm
September to October weekends only and October half term.
Visitor centre winter opening hours
Weekends only, November to Easter from 9.30am to 4.15pm.
February half term 19 February 2022 to 27 February 2022.
Christmas and New Year week 26 December 2022 to 2 January 2023.
Middleton Top Engine House operating days
Open but static. Saturday 4 June, Sunday 5 June
Sunday 3 July, Sunday 10 July, Sunday 17 July, Sunday 24 July
Sunday 7 August, Sunday 14 August, Sunday 21 August
August bank holiday
Sunday 28 August, Monday 29 August
September heritage open day (free)
Sunday 18 September
Sunday 9 October, Sunday 30 October
See the world’s oldest beam engine of its type in action. Discover how it got wagons up and down steep hills on one of the world’s first long-distance railways.
Admission is £2.70, concessions are £1.30. Parking charges apply.
The car park machines on this site take cash only.