Wonderful on Tap
Coronavirus (Covid-19) update
This visitor site is open with some restrictions
As restrictions in England are changing, we are following the Government guidelines to help keep everyone safe.
This site will remain open for people to visit with restrictions in place.
Our sites are likely to be very busy and we may have to close our car parks when we reach capacity, so please be prepared to turn around and visit another time.
Respect our site and neighbours by taking home your litter, or using a bin on site if you can't, and do not park in local communities if the car park is full.
It’s really important to protect the safety and wellbeing of all our visitors, local communities and our teams, so we urge everyone to minimise travel, observe social distancing and follow any measures we have put in place if you visit a reopened site.
Toilets are open. You must wear a face mask when you enter and follow instructions on signage about maximum capacity. You may have to queue to use the facilities safely.
The ice cream parlour and cafe is now open everyday from 10am for takeaway only. The restaurant will remain closed.
The play area is open, however please use the hand sanitiser stations before entering the play area and follow social distancing.
Shops are now open. The visitor centre will be open for enquiries, but the exhibition remains closed.
Fishing is now operating.
Watersports is opening on the 2nd of April.
Rule of 6 or 2 households
Please only visit in groups following the Rule of 6 or two households, and maintain social distancing.
You must wear a facemask to enter any building, including toilets.
- Maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from other visitors and staff
- Respect any instructions or signage - they're there to keep you safe
- Look after those with you - keep dogs on leads and children close by.
- Maintain good hygiene and avoid touching hard surfaces
Located between Wirksworth and Kniveton, Carsington Water takes water through the tunnels and aqueduct straight from the River Derwent. We have everything you need for a great day out, with plenty of activities and things to do.
Our team have also created a sensory guide for visitors with cognitive disabilities.
Some fun facts...
Learn all about Carsington Water's history at the on-site visitor centre.
- Carsington Water is the ninth largest reservoir in England.
- At its highest level the reservoir can hold 7,800 million gallons of water.
- At maximum capacity the reservoir is 300 hectares (741 acres) - 700 football pitches could fit on the surface!
- When full, the reservoir is 31 metres deep – the height of seven double decker buses.
- The project to build Carsington Water started in 1980 and the first water entered the reservoir on 16 October 1991.
- The site was officially opened by the Queen in May 1992, some 12 years after first opening.
- Once built, Carsington water increased our raw water storage and supply by 10%.
Learn all about Carsington Water's history and its wildlife at the visitor centre.
School groups: In partnership with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Carsington Water provides facilities for school groups to visit the site and learn more about the water
and its wildlife. School visits can be organised by contacting the Derbyshire
Wildlife Trust on 01773 881188.
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust also host regular events including nature tots and family forest school.
The amazing Kugel Stone
On your visit don't forget to come and see the amazing Kugel stone - this granite stone weighs one tonne and revolves on a thin film of water which is pumped into the granite socket it sits in. Everyone is welcome to touch the stone and by giving it a gentle nudge you can make it spin in different directions.
Carsington Water is a Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction