Fancy your history? You’ve come to the right place.

Cromford Mills is steeped in history as the birthplace of the modern factory system and the world’s first successful water-powered cotton spinning mill.

We’ve collected a few of our top tips for history buffs to take in when they visit!

Visit our Cromford Mills History Page for more information about the historical significance of Cromford Mills.

Top Tips

Enjoy a guided tour

Buy a Mill Manager’s Pass and take a tour with one of our knowledgeable volunteer guides. Online booking available.

Take in an audio tour

Discover more about Cromford village with an audio tour. Available for purchase in the Mill Shop or as part of a Mill Manager’s Pass.

Visit the Cromford Mills exhibition

Learn more about the site in the Cromford Mills exhibition and take in the informative interpretation boards around the site.

Visit North Street

View Derbyshire’s earliest industrial housing on North Street in Cromford village. Take an audio tour with you.

Engage with our events!

Check out our events programme for monthly talks and other history inspired events.

Go for a stroll

Follow the Cromford Canal towpath for 1 mile walk to High Peak Junction and discover some of the oldest railway workshops in the world, as well as Lea Wood Pumphouse.

Visit the Greyhound Hotel

Dine out in the historic Greyhound Hotel, built by Arkwright in 1778.

See the rest of the Derwent Valley!

Explore other sites in the Derwent Valley including Belper North Mill and the Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill.