The Whitworth Centre

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£400 - £1500 for Venue Hire
Up to 120
Exclusive Use
Wedding Licence
This stunning Victorian Venue and grounds, steeped in history beauty and romance, all of which combine to create the perfect wedding location!
Pricing & Costs

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You can tailor your requirements from ceremony through to reception utilising any combination of our suites, the price includes all furniture to accommodate your guests, dressing of the tables and chairs and organza sash of your colour choice. Draught bar only available in the Ballroom suite. The Brunel The former Victorian swimming baths, now a large suite which retains period character, suitable for larger gatherings of up to one hundred and sixty guests for ceremony and one hundred and twenty for reception. Reception hire £1350.00 plus vat Ceremony only £600.00 plus vat The Lady Whitworth A mid-sized suite boasting high ceilings with original beams, perfect for gatherings of up to forty guests for reception. Reception hire £800.00 plus vat The Gallery Combining old and new, this suite features a floor to ceiling window overlooking the park and can accommodate parties of up to sixty guests for ceremony and forty for reception. Reception hire £800.00 plus vat Ceremony only £400.00 plus vat The Old Library Intimate, elegant and steeped in history. This suite is available to you for ceremony and reception for smaller gatherings of up to thirty guests for ceremony and twenty for reception. Reception hire £500.00 plus vat Ceremony only £350.00 plus vat The Ballroom The jewel in the crown, this opulent self-contained suite boasts a stunning vaulted ceiling with chandeliers, balcony which overlooks the main room period windows and sumptuous drapes and stage area is available for ceremony and/or wedding breakfast and/or evening reception for up to one hundred and twenty guests for reception. Reception hire £1500.00 plus vat Ceremony only £700.00 plus vat

In-house catering
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All menu options are locally sourced, cooked and prepared on site, by our chefs & cooks. £19.95 per person for a 2-course wedding breakfast, £10. 95 per child under 10 and no charge for children under 2 years. £23.95 per person for a 3-course wedding breakfast, £14.95 per child under 10 and no charge for children under 2 years. Buffet options starting from £7.95 per person Hog roast or BBQ from £10.50 per person (hog roast available for 100 plus guests) We can tailor to your requirements and are happy to devise unique menus to your taste
Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Country House
Manor House
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
08:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00 PM


Water View
Grade I/II Listed Building
Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Marquee Permitted
Bridal Changing Facilities
Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space

Food and Drink

Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
Asian Catering
In-house Catering
Halal Catering
Alcohol Licence
Kosher Catering

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Fireworks Permitted
Wedding Licence
Dancefloor Available
Full Description
The Whitworth Building is a magnificent Victorian property and grounds which dates from 1890. founded and build by Lady Mary Louisa Whitworth the wife of renowned industrialist Sir Joseph Whitworth, and is set within 10 acres of beautifully landscaped Parkland with ornamental ponds, bequeathed to the people of Darley Dale in perpetuity as a community, meeting and events centre, this charitable organisation has maintained the original ethos and ideals set out by the late Lady Whitworth while adapting to the changing needs of the local population. The Whitworth is easily accessible situated off the A6 along the main thoroughfare between Matlock and Bakewell in the historic and picturesque village of Darley Dale, nestled in the cusp of the Peak District National Park, a world heritage site, providing wonderful views of the surrounding valley. We host regular bridal fairs at the Whitworth which are full of experienced wedding planning professionals great contacts, services and amenities available in the area. It’s also a great opportunity to meet other couples and share ideas and tips on your big day. We can offer a myriad of different options from the intimate to the extravagant, from traditional to contemporary, Midweek or weekend, seasonal touches, casual or formal, hosting within the building or in marquees within the grounds. The Whitworth is dedicated to creating an unforgettable wedding that is the culmination of your unique celebration.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: liam coleman
Congratulations on your forth coming wedding, thank you for considering the Whitworth as a venue for your special day. We can provide beautiful grandiose suites & can accommodate most ideas that you have for your wedding day. The mature park & terrace can be used for reception drinks, photos & is a great space for you & your guests. We can build bespoke packages for you if you have specific ideas. If you would like to view, please let me know some suitable dates.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
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Location & Contact Details


Station Road, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 2EQ, England

Travel Notes

situated along the A6 nestled between Matlock Bath & Bakewell, in the Derbyshire Dales

Nearest Town

darley dale

Nearest Motorway & Junction

M1 J28/29

Nearest Train Station

matlock bath

Nearest Airport

East Midlands

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Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

Harry Potter themed wedding

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

clarify everything, you can never ask to many questions.

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

flash mob choir

Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.

beautiful, grandiose, adaptable, scenic, elegant.

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

numerous photo opportunities, throughout the building and grounds, however the steps at the rear of the building leading into the park are a bridal favourite

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?

All our Brides & Grooms are our celebrity guests

What is your venue's most unique feature?

the vaulted ceiling and balcony in the ballroom suite

What part of your business are you most proud of?

The community & charitable aspect

Bridebook Benefits

Bridebook Discount10% discount on room hire