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Tapton Lock Visitor Centre

Come and visit us the only visitor centre on the Chesterfield Canal, a countryside oasis close to the centre of Chesterfield.

Tapton Lock Visitor CentreWe're delighted to announce that the visitor centre and surroundings have earned the Green Flag Awardfor its quality green-space provision in 2018. This is the sixth year running we've been given the award, which is the national standard for parks and green spaces in England and Wales.

Opening times

We're open every day (except Christmas Day) between 10am and 4pm. We close for lunch between 1pm and 1.45pm on Monday to Friday.

We sell filled rolls, sandwiches and sausage rolls along with our range of crisps, cakes and snacks.

The visitor centre, its gardens and its facilities are fully accessible and we now have a 'tramper' mobility scooter available to help you explore further. The towpath is accessible for everyone from Tapton Lock to Staveley. The visitor centre is a great place to start exploring the Chesterfield Canal and Trans Pennine Trail southern link.

We have a small shop with a good selection of gifts, maps and books. We have a display about the canal and its history, plus free self-guided walking, cycling and horse riding leaflets and information about places to visit in the area. If you have been to visit us, please take a little time to complete our survey

Chesterfield Canal Trust volunteers run regular boat trips from the visitor centre on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays through the summer months. Look out for the summer evening specials and Santa trips at weekends in December.

Wildlife

The canal is a great place for spotting all sorts of wildlife. Spring wild flowers, birds and small mammals are all seen close the visitor centre.

The Bluebank Pools section of the canal is a local nature reserve and is one of the best places to look. Call in at the visitor centre and let us know what you've seen.

Parking

On-street parking is available outside the visitor centre.

Education visits

Do you want your class or group to learn more about the Chesterfield Canal and Tapton Lock? Please see our free self-guided learning resources pack attached to this page.

Activities include:

  • exploring the canal
  • classification, habitats and food chains
  • design and engineering
  • canal art

Rangers from the visitor centre are happy to advise on the best times to visit, just give us a call.