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Guided Tours of Cromford Mills

Cromford Mills Tour Guide

Join one of our fantastic tours to discover more about the Cromford story and how Sir Richard Arkwright influenced the world we know today.

Daily Mill Tours from 11am

  • We are currently running an adapted version of the Mill Tour to comply with current government guidelines. Please click here for more details and information on how to book a private tour.  

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. This tour lasts approximately one hour. 

We sometimes have large booked groups and are therefore unable to run certain daily tours. To avoid disappointment, please call ahead to check the tour times for the day. We do our best to offer as much as possible to our visitors and apologise for any inconvenience. If you are unable to go on a guided tour, why not try our excellent audio tours instead.

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 volunteering@arkwrightsociety.org.uk for more information and to make a booking.

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