Follow the route and hear more about why Sir Richard Arkwright chose Cromford to build his cotton mills and the revolutionary techniques he used to make it an international success. The route takes you from the mill complex to St Mary’s Church where the great man is laid to rest along with other members of this dynasty. Next on the route is the Cromford Canal Wharf, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, which is abundant in both history and wildlife. Follow in the footsteps of the hundreds of mill workers and hear more about daily life as you walk up to the Mill workers houses on North Street, see the historic Market Place and Greyhound Hotel, the School, which is still in use today, and the Village Lock Up where the unruly were locked up in a small cell. The route returns to Cromford Mills via the picturesque Church Walk with views of Willersley Castle.
You can tour at your own pace, though most visitors find it takes them about 90 minutes to complete the route. Handsets can be collected and dropped off at the Mill Shop.
The Audio Tour is also available as a mobile App, which can be downloaded in person from the Mill Shop.
Audio tours are available to hire on the day from the Mill Shop. Tours cost £7.50 and you will also receive our Cotton Spinners Pass, valid for one year. If you have a valid Mill Manager’s Pass, this also includes the option of an audio tour.
Child 12+ £2.50, Under 12s go free (must be accompanied by a paying adult). Carers go free.