Guided Tours

Cromford Mills Guided Tour Offer – The Mill Manager’s Annual Pass

The tour begins with a visit to the Arkwright Experience, to meet Arkwright himself in our immersive audio-visual presentation inside the first mill built in 1771.  From 11 April the tour also includes the new film inside the first mill, ‘When Arkwright Met Strutt’ featuring Arkwright, Strutt and two mill workers from Cromford and Belper telling the story of life in the Derwent Valley and the global impact of the cotton industry.  Your knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour guide will then escort you around the mill yard, bringing the site to life as you hear about the incredible story of Sir Richard Arkwright and how he became ‘the Father of the Factory System’ and see the mini waterframe model based upon Arkwright’s original design.

How do I book a guided tour? 

Advanced booking online is recommended to secure a slot.  Tickets will be released on the day to book in person only if spaces are available. Book online here. You can also click on the ‘Tickets’ Button at the top of the page. This will take you to an external website – look for the Mill Manager’s Pass event and select for the date you want.

What time are the tours?

There are 4 tours a day at 10.45am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 3.15pm.

How many people can go on a tour?

There are up to 10 places available (including children) on each tour and households can mix; we have limited numbers to 10 people so you can socially distance from anyone you don’t know.

Bringing an under 16 with you?

Under 16s are free, but a place must be booked for them when you reserve your tickets as they will count as part of the tour group numbers.

Are tours available in other languages?

Yes, guided tours are also available in French and German. Please contact volunteering@arkwrightsociety.org.uk to book one or for more information.

What else is included in the Mill Manager’s Pass?

The Mill Manager’s Pass also includes the optional use of an audio tour which explores the area beyond the mills around Cromford village.

How much is a Mill Manager’s Pass?

Tickets are £12.50 per person and under 16s are free.  You will be asked if you are happy to Gift Aid your Pass at no extra cost when picking up your ticket from the Mill Shop.

How long is a Mill Manager’s Pass valid for?

Your Mill Manager’s Pass is valid for 12 months from the date of purchase, so you can come back and visit any time over the year.

Already have a valid Mill Manager’s Annual Pass? 

We advise pre-booking a time slot to avoid disappointment on the day. To book a tour, please email info@arkwrightsociety.org.uk with your choice of date and timeslot. You can use an Audio Tour with your Mill Manager’s Pass without needing to pre book one (subject to availability).

Safety measures on the guided tour

Every measure has been taken to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for all.  Although official restrictions have ended, to keep our visitors, staff and volunteers safe we ask that social distancing be maintained between you and your guide and is encouraged between anyone you don’t know on the tour.  Please continue to wear a face mask for the inside portion of the tour, particularly when inside the first mill for the audio-visual show.

If you or anyone in your household are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, please do not attend.  If you need to cancel at short notice, please let us know and a refund can be arranged.  If you have any questions, please get in touch by phone 01629 823256 or email info@arkwrightsociety.org.uk.

When do tickets go on sale?

Tickets will be released in fortnightly blocks on a Friday.  Advanced booking online is recommended to secure a slot.  Tickets will be released on the day to book in person only if spaces are available. Book online here.

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 ask about group bookings please email volunteering@arkwrightsociety.org.uk.