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Riber Castle
Riber is located in Derbyshire
Riber shown within Derbyshire
OS grid referenceSK312584
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMATLOCK
Postcode districtDE4
Dialling code01629
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
List of places
53°07′19″N 1°32′06″W / 53.122°N 1.535°W / 53.122; -1.535Coordinates: 53°07′19″N 1°32′06″W / 53.122°N 1.535°W / 53.122; -1.535

Riber is a hamlet in the Derbyshire Dales, lying within the boundaries of the town of Matlock. It is situated high on a hill overlooking the town and also Matlock Bath, near to the residential Starkholmes area.

Riber is famous for its castle, the dilapidated shell of a Victorian folly built in a semi-classic, semi-Gothic style by the wealthy local industrialist John Smedley,[1] which is currently[when?] in the process of being converted into flats with 20 new houses to be built in the grounds.[citation needed] The former wildlife park in the grounds closed in the late 1990s due to financial loss and criticisms of the way many of the animals were kept.

Nearby is the old, possibly-Elizabethan Riber Hall and Manor House, a Grade II* listed building and farm with cottages. The hall was previously run as a hotel and restaurant; as of 2014 it is a private residence offering self-catering accommodation in converted outbuildings.[1][2]

Riber can be accessed from the A615 at Tansley, a village just outside Matlock via the gentle slope of Alders Lane and Carr Lane. From the Matlock Green area of Matlock via Starkholmes Road or from Cromford on the A6 road via Willersley Lane then taking White Tor Road and Riber Road – the approaches all involve extremely steep roads and winding lanes.

Riber also gives its name to the Beast of Riber – probably a phantom cat which has been sighted on many occasions.


  1. ^ a b About Derbyshire – Riber and Starkholmes Retrieved 2014-06-29
  2. ^ British Listed Buildings Retrieved 2014-06-29