Things to see & do

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Railway Walk

 © Isabel Neugebauer, National Trust

This tranquil area was once site of 'Dawson City' and a huge railway bridge of which just the stone stanchions remain. Now the woodland and river are a lovely spot for a picnic.


Choose from one of our many walks and see what you can spot in the woodland. Look out for roe deer and more of nature's wonders. Visit the Crags which lie just 15 minutes away from Gibson Mill too.

Don't miss

  • Learning about our history on a guided tour of Gibson Mill
  • Dressing up in old-fashioned costumes in Gibson Mill
  • Crossing the river on the stepping stones
  • Spotting the large nests of our northern hairy wood ants
  • Enjoying tea and cake at the Weaving Shed CafĂ©
  • Keep an eye out for school holiday activities

Wildlife walk

Bluebells carpet the woods in spring © National Trust

Bluebells carpet the woods in spring

This walk guides you through the wooded valleys of Hardcastle Crags, taking you through a number of different natural habitats along the way. Keep your eyes peeled for all kinds of flora and fauna along the way.

The Entertainment Emporium offered refreshments and dancing © Alice Longstaff Collection

The Entertainment Emporium offered refreshments and dancing

Explore the past

People have lived, worked and played in this surprising location for over 200 years.

Discover how a 19th-century cotton mill evolved into a 20th-century popular entertainment venue and finally became the 21st-century example of sustainability you can visit today.

Displays and guided tours help bring our history to life.