We love visitors and sharing what Level is up to! We have a year-round programme of events and exhibitions so there’s always something to see while you’re in the area. Sometimes we’re out and about on community projects, so it’s always best to either make a booking to see one of our events or get in touch to find out if the building is open before you make a special journey to see us.
How to find us
Rowsley is on the A6, five miles north of Matlock and three miles south of Bakewell. Use postcode DE4 2EL for Sat Nav.
From the North: take the A6 Manchester to Derby road and follow signs to Bakewell. From Bakewell continue on the A6 signposted to Matlock. After three miles, pass the Grouse & Claret pub on the left and turn next right into Old Station Close.
From the South: take the A6 from Derby and follow signs to Matlock. At Matlock stay on the A6 and follow the signs to Buxton/ Manchester. After approx four miles turn left into Old Station Close.
There is a free public car park immediately on the right. If you need a disabled parking space, follow the road round to the left and park in front of the Level Centre building.
By Public Transport
There are excellent links to Matlock and Chesterfield train stations. The nearest train station is Matlock approx five miles away, from Matlock you can pick up the Transpeak, 6.1 Trent Barton bus or a taxi. Chesterfield train station is a 20 minute taxi away.
Rowsley is served by three main bus services: the Transpeak operating between Manchester and Nottingham; Trent Barton 6.1 between Derby and Bakewell; and TM Travel 214 between Sheffield and Matlock.
There are a number of taxi companies nearby.
By foot or bike
Level Centre is located right next to the Matlock to Rowsley cycle path, a safe off road 5 mile route for walkers and cyclists – perfect if you’re arriving into Matlock station with your two wheels in tow.
The surrounding area
Rowsley is located right on the edge of the stunning Peak District national park. The nearest towns to Level are Bakewell, famous for it’s pudding, five miles to the north, and Matlock six miles to the south. The spa town of Buxton with it’s Georgian architecture and the market town of Chesterfield are both a 25 mile drive away. The spectacular Chatsworth House is just round the corner and Haddon Hall, a well known film location, is five minutes down the road.
We always say that we’re in a remote location, but there’s quite a lot packed into the small, picturesque village of Rowsley including two hotels, a retail outlet, a working craft mill, a pub, two galleries and a post office!
Caudwell’s Mill is a working water- powered corn mill a five minute walk from LEVEL. There’s a lovely vegetarian cafe, a gift shop that also sells products that have been milled on-site and a working craft centre that includes a picture framer, florist, blacksmith, glassmaker and a silversmith. There’s also a lovely little art gallery that hosts regular exhibitions. If you have a spare 10 minutes the working mill itself is free to enter and is well worth a look around.
Peak Vilage is a small shopping outlet directly opposite LEVEL. There’s a children’s play centre and toy shop alongside other units including clothes shops, household goods and craft shop as well as bits and bobs for presents. There’s also a cafe, bakery, ice cream parlour and distillery shop.
Rowsley Post Office:
Rowsley Post Office may be tiny, but it’s super friendly and sells all the basic essentials plus sandwiches, drinks, delicious homemade cakes and of course, stamps!
Accommodation in the village is available at the Grouse & Claret pub, East Lodge Hotel and 17th Century Peacock Hotel. The latter two are more expensive, but are definitely worth considering for a treat. There are very few B&Bs in Rowsley itself, but there’s plenty of other accommodation a few miles away including guesthouses, air bnb and chain hotels. If you like sleeping under the stars there’s lots of camping sites nearby including the Grouse and Claret.
We have a digs list for visiting artists at the bottom of this page. If you would like your accommodation adding to the digs list please email: email@example.com
Get in touch
Find out about places to stay in the area including hotels, guest houses and accessible accommodation.
Find out more about our access at Level Centre incuding our access statement and sensory story.
Find out more about our Covid-19 policy, including advance booking, masks and cleaning regime.