Our cafes are open for takeaways! Don't miss visiting the Cromford Mill Cheese Shop and enjoying the views of the mill yard. All other retail shops will open after 12 April.

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 is currently closed under the government restrictions and guided tours are unavilable.  We will review this in line with government guidance and hope to offer our 'Arkwright Special' guided tours again soon. 

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, dress up as a cotton spinner, or be part of a portrait as one of the mill owners family in our activity room.  New activities are being introduced all of the time so don’t miss out!   As part of the Tier 3 restrictions this exhibition room is also closed to the public. 


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.