Our cafes are open for takeaways and all of our fabulous independent shops are open! From Monday 17 May we are offering guided tours, including the Arkwright Experience, and you can sit inside our cafes again! Click Book Tickets for our guided tours.

Arkwright Experience and Exhibitions

Meet Sir Richard Arkwright himself inside the world's first successful water powered cotton spinning mill with the award winning Arkwright Experience where CGI technology brings the whole building to life.

Our Visitor Centre Hosts introduce you to Sir Richard Arkwright who tells the story of how he went from humble beginnings to become the richest commoner in the country with tales of his inventions, cotton spinning empire and espionage, whilst the bulding comes to life in front of your eyes in this fantastic cinematic show inside the first mill.  Discover where the floors and machines once were and see the fascinating archeological remains of the powerhouse that was the birthplace of mass production whilst our enthusiastic volunteers explain just how important this building was in kick starting the industrial revolution!

The Arkwright Experience will be re-opening as part of our 2021 guided tour offer from Monday 17 May. To find out more about our new visitor offer and to book your tickets click here.  

Supported by the AIM Biffa Award National Heritage Landmark Partnership Scheme

Cromford Mills Story Room

Discover more about Cromford Mills and life for the workers with this introductory exhibition about Arkwright and the cotton story.  Re-opening on 17 May.   


Disabled toilets are located in the Visitor Centre with full wheelchair access throughout.


Dogs on leads are welcome in the Visitor Cenre and Cromford Mills Story, but are not permitted to go into the Arkwright Experience as the show contains flashing lights and loud sounds. Assistant dogs are allowed everywhere on site.