Plan Your Visit

Important Notice – 19 July 2021

To keep our visitors, staff and volunteers safe we still have some restrictions in place after 19 July.

We have worked hard over the last 12 months to create a safe working environment and a relaxing place to visit.  Our priority continues to be the safety of everyone who comes to Cromford Mills.  Public feedback supports the importance of people feeling safe and comfortable during their day out.  In accordance with industry best practice and guidance issued by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions we will be maintaining some of the measures we have put in place over the last year.

Whilst onsite, we ask that all visitors follow our safety practices to create a comfortable and safe environment for everyone whilst they are here:

What’s Open?

The mill yard and cafes are open to the public 10am to 5pm.

Food & Drink – The cafes are serving the option of a takeaway or sit-in menu.  There is limited indoor seating at Arkwright’s Cafe and Wheatcroft’s Wharf Cafe.  Outdoor picnic benches are located around the site for anyone visiting our cafes.  The Counting House Coffee Stop on the canal wharf is also open for takeaways at weekends and peak times.

Shopping & Retail – The Cromford Mills Shop and the independent retail shops in the mill yard are all open. Cromford Mills Shop is open from 10am to 5pm daily. Please visit the retail tenants own websites for details of their opening hours.  Individual tenants will be implementing their own safety guidelines, please follow the instructions when visiting their venues.

Guided Tours – Guided tours are available to book online daily.  These include an outside tour of the mill yard and a visit to the Arkwright Experience – the amazing audio-visual display inside the 1771 first mill.  For more details follow click on the ‘Book Tickets’ button at the top of the page.

Audio Tours – these can be hired from the Mill Shop on arrival – the 1.5-hour tour explores the mill yard and historic Cromford Village.

Picnics & Nature – Beyond the mill walls you can explore our new wooden sculpture trail and picnic area by the River Derwent. Climb the steps of Scarthin Rock to discover the best view of the site. Across the road you can also enjoy a walk along the Cromford Canal, a lovely place to look for wildlife. You can walk from Cromford to the High Peak Junction railway workshops and Leawood Pumping Station. Please use the rubbish bins on site and do not litter.

Toilets – Toilets in the mill yard are open. There is also a mobile toilet in the mill yard and on the canal wharf.  There are council operated toilets at the canal wharf car park.

What’s Not Open?

From Monday 2nd of August the main room of the Visitor Centre will be open to the public. Entry will be free. Unfortunately due to limited resources we are unable to open the whole visitor centre at this time.  You can visit the Arkwright Experience inside the first mill as part of the guided tour.  You can book tickets for these tours using the book tickets button at the top of the menu.

Plan Your Day

Our tips on how to make the most of your visit to our historic Mill.

Beyond The Mill Walls

A natural area for strolls, picnics and relaxing.

Experience, Explore, Unwind

A scenic space for everyone to enjoy.

Visit The Derwent Valley

Cromford Mills is a great base for visiting the rest of the historic area.