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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.
Middleton Top Engine House operating days
Open 1pm to 4.30pm
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.
- Sunday 10 October 2021 - cancelled due to ongoing works to the house
- Sunday 24 October 2021 - cancelled due to ongoing works to the house
- Sunday 31 October 2021 - cancelled due to ongoing works to the house
Admission is £2.70, concessions £1.30. Parking charges apply.
The car park machines on this site take cash only.