Carsington Water


Carsington Water Visitor Centre


Derbyshire DE6 1ST

Telephone: 01629 540 696

Carsington Water, between Ashbourne and Wirksworth has been a very popular visitor attraction since the reservoir was opened by the Queen in May 1992 and is owned and operated by Severn Trent Water. It is England’s ninth largest reservoir and is open all year.

There is a Visitor Centre which has within it a permanent exhibition explaining the role of water in our daily lives, and a wide range of facilities including shops selling souvenirs, craft items, embroidery materials, ceramics, books etc and a cafe and restaurant. There is wheelchair access. The Visitor Centre is open every day except Christmas Day from 10.00am. For further information please contact the Visitor Centre by telephoning 01629 540696.

A remarkable centrepiece of the courtyard is the Kugel Stone, a ball of granite weighing over 1 tonne and which revolves on a thin film of water under pressure. It can be moved with the touch of your hand! There is a classroom within the courtyard offering pre-booked schools a full day of activities to complement school based work on a variety of themes relating to water and the environment. 

Carsington Water is a local centre for outdoor activities - there is a sailing club active next door to the Visitor Centre, and there are many opportunities for walking and cycling around the reservoir and the surrounding villages. Cycle hire is available and there is plentiful car parking (with charges). For young children there is a children's playground near the visitor centre.

There is wheelchair access to the Visitor Centre, Courtyard Shops, Restaurant and Walks. Admission is free and there is free parking for blue badge holders..

Mobility scooters are available to hire as are electric bikes.

There are two accessible bird-watching hides and parts of the adventure playground are suitable for children with disabilities.

For further information please see our 'Suggested Days Out’ section.