Plan Your Visit

Important Notice – Updated 23rd May 2022

Thank you for continuing to help keep our visitors, staff and volunteers safe.

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 two years.

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


What’s Open?

The mill yard and cafes are open to the public.

Food & Drink – The cafes are serving the option of a takeaway or sit-in menu. 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 peak times.

Shopping & Retail – The Cromford Mills Shop and the independent retail shops in the mill yard are all open. 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.

The Visitor Centre – main room of the Visitor Centre is open to the public and entry is free. You can visit the Arkwright Experience inside the first mill as part of the guided tour.  You can book tickets for these tours online.

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 are council operated toilets at the canal wharf car park including a Changing Places toilet for disabled visitors

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.