Tours, Exhibitions and Experiences

The Mill Manager’s Pass

The Mill Manager’s Pass gives you access to the complete Cromford Mills story exploring how Cromford Mills became the birthplace of the modern factory system.  This pass includes a guided tour of the Mill Yard by one of our knowledgeable volunteers, an opportunity to go behind the scenes and ‘meet’ Sir Richard Arkwright himself via our award-winning 3D cinematic experience. In addition to your guided tour, your Mill Manager’s pass allows you access to our audio tour, taking you into Cromford Village to explore the history of mass production in the village built to house the Mill workers. This is an annual pass so if you’re short on time, pop back within 12 months and enjoy at your leisure.

There is also a costume guided version of the Mill Manager’s Pass which occurs on the 3rd Sunday of every month. Simply book a Mill Manager’s Pass as normal but make sure you select one of the dates below.

21st July

18th August

15th September

20th October

Between July 27 and November  3 you can upgrade to include the Florence Nightingale Exhibition

Buy Tickets on the day in the Mill Yard Shop or book on line 

The Arkwright Experience

If you are short on time and cannot come back you can book to see our unique Arkwright experience. Meet Sir Richard Arkwright himself inside the world’s first successful water powered cotton spinning mill with the award-winning Arkwright Experience where CGI technology brings the whole building to life. Our team will introduce you to Sir Richard Arkwright who then tells the story of how he went from humble beginnings to become the richest commoner in the country.

Between July 27 and November  3 you can upgrade to include the Florence Nightingale Exhibition

Buy Tickets on the day in the Mill Yard Shop or book on line 

Florence Nightingale Exhibition

Here for the summer from July 27 to November 3 this exciting new exhibition explores Florence Nightingale and the way in which she has been viewed throughout time. Explore the exhibition to decide what you think about the woman behind the myth. Florence Nightingale’s great uncle, Peter Nightingale was linked to Arkwright’s Mill which became a central part of the Industrial Revolution. Nightingale herself spent a lot of time at Lee Hurst (the family’s summer home) and had a huge affection for the local landscape.

The Florence Nightingale exhibition is open from 10 -5 every day (last admission 4.30) drop in when you like with a valid ticket

Buy Tickets on the day in the Mill Yard Shop or book on line 

How do I book a guided tour? 

You can book tickets for all tours and the Nightingale exhibition  either on line or in the Mill Yard Shop on the day of your visit

Are tours available in other languages?

Yes, guided tours are also available in French and German by prior arrangement, our audio tour is available in English, German and Manderin. Please contact us to book a foreign language tour.

What if my group contains more than 10 people?

You can book your own private tour guide if you have more than 10 people in your group.
To find out more about group bookings send us an email 



The Arkwright Experience is Supported by the AIM Biffa Award National Heritage Landmark Partnership Scheme