Level Centre

Type:Arts Centre

Old Station Close, Rowsley, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 2EL

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Tucked away in the picturesque village of Rowsley on the edge of the Peak District, LEVEL is an award-winning contemporary arts centre that specialises in visual, digital and performing art.

The centre was purpose-built in 2008 as an accessible creative space that's flooded with natural light. We're open year-round, with a packed programme of visual art exhibitions, interactive digital installations and creative events that are suitable for all ages. The exhibitions change every few months so there's always something different to come and see, and best of all, the exhibitions are free to visit!

LEVEL is a charity that celebrates the art that ‘difference’ makes, producing and promoting high quality contemporary art that is powerful and relevant. Much of the work that you see at the centre has been produced by or with disabled artists.

If you’re visiting the hidden creative corners of Derbyshire, LEVEL is definitely one to add to the list. Exhibitions are usually free to visit, but as a charity we always appreciate donations. It’s best to book tickets in advance through the website www.levelcentre.com


We love having visitors to LEVEL and want to make sure that everyone has the best experience when they come to visit the centre. Whether you want to prepare for your visit or just want to find out a bit more about our facilities and where else to visit in the area, you’ll find all the information you need on our Access for All page: https://levelcentre.com/access-for-all/


Level access throughout 2 disabled parking spaces

Automatic main doors
Hearing Loop
Designated quiet space
Some Braille signage
Ear defenders available to borrow Mobile hoist

Shower bed
Accessible shower Handrail in main corridor 3 accessible toilets

We’re only a small team, so you are likely to see the same faces each time you visit. We’re happy to help at any point, from a chat on the phone when you’re planning your first visit to making sure you have everything you need in a format that’s accessible to you. Some of the team have had training in Disability Awareness, Deaf Awareness, Autism Awareness, British Sign Language and Makaton as well as being Dementia Friends and Mental Health First Aiders.

We don’t charge admission for essential carers. Most of our exhibitions and digital installations are free to visit. For special events we sometimes charge a small entrance fee, but we make sure that essential carer tickets are always free.

We’re registered with Purple Tuesday. Which means we’re committing to improve the customer experiences of millions of disabled people and their families 365 days a year.

We’re part of the Sunflower Lanyard scheme for people with hidden disabilities. Not all disabilities can be seen, so the scheme offers a way to be discreetly identifiable.

Although we have a shower/changing bed the toilet is next door so we aren’t classed as a changing Places site, however, there are two Changing Places toilets within four miles – Matlock Farm Park and Chatsworth House.



  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Hearing Loop
  • Facilities for the Disabled - Automatic main doors, shower bed, accessible shower, handrail in main corridor, 3 accessible toilets.
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Some Braille signage
  • Hoists available
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - 2 disabled parking spaces
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Sensory room
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Public toilets
  • Wireless internet (WiFi) connection available

Key Features

  • No Smoking Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • Off site parking
  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Groups Accepted

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Road directions:

Level is based in Rowsley 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's a free public car park on Old Station Close and two accessible parking spaces in front of the Level Centre building.

Public Transport Directions

Public transport (if applicable):

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.

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Monday - Friday09:00 - 17:00
Saturday - SundayClosed

* Pricing: FREE