In line with the national lockdown, Cromford Mills will remain closed to the public. The Counting House Coffee Stop will now also remain closed until the situation improves. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Guided Tours of Cromford Mills

Cromford Mills Tour Guide

Daily Mill Tours 

Please note - due to the national lockdown Cromford Mills is closed to the public, this includes guided tours, the Visitor Centre, retail outlets, Arkwright's Cafe, Wheatcroft's Wharf Cafe and the Counting House Coffee Stop on the canal wharf.  We hope to offer tours again in the future, pending on changes to the Tier level.  Details of our future tour programme will be announced on our website, so please check back at a later date to see what's on offer.   

Our tour guides take you back in time to when Sir Richard Arkwright pioneered the world’s first successful water powered cotton spinning mill right here with an introductory tour of the main mill complex.  Hear more about the secrets of Sir Richard Arkwright’s work; why he choose Cromford and find out more about the revolutionary techniques he used to make it an international success. 

Cromford Mill and Village Tour

Cromford Mill and Village Tours are currently not running. Self-guided Audio Tours are available from the Mill Shop which allow you to explore Cromford village.

Join us on a two hour extended tour of both the mill and Cromford Village as we trace the footsteps of hundreds of Mill workers and explore 18th Century village life. Our knowledgeable guides will take you around the mill yard and continue your journey of discovery into Cromford Village. You will visit North Street and see the earliest industrial housing in Derbyshire and the state of the art water management system used to power the first cotton mill. 

Costumed Tours

Costumed Tours are currently not running. Check back soon to find out when the Mill Manager can welcome you back to Cromford. 

Third Saturday of the month.

Join our Mill Manager and step back in time to 1797 when he was running the world’s first ever successful water powered cotton mill in its most profitable year. Learn what was happening locally and nationally at the time and hear tales of Sir Richard Arkwright and just what jobs the Mill Manager made the workers do!  Then hear what the workers themselves have to say as they busy themselves around the yard. 

Group Bookings

Book one of knowledgeable guides to take your group on a tour of Cromford Mills. Why not make a day of it by stopping for lunch or afternoon tea?  Groups of 10 or more save £1 on all ticket prices when booked in advance. 

Visits can be tailored to your needs and French and German tours are available by prior arrangement.

Visites en français avec préavis. 

Deutsche Führungen auf Voranmeldung.

How to book

Telephone 01629 823256 or email for more information and to make a booking.