Guided Tours

August 2021 Cromford Mills Guided Tour Offer – The Mill Manager’s Annual Pass

From 2nd August up to 10 people will be able to go on one of our guided tours.

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.  Your knowledgeable and enthusiastic tour guide will then escort you around the mill yard, bringing the site to life with stories of the cotton mills.  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.

What time are the tours?

The guided tours run at 11am, 12.30pm, 1.45pm and 3.15pm daily.

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.

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 £10 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.

What about the Arkwright’s Special Pass Tours?

From 2nd August the Mill Manager’s Pass is replacing the Arkwright Special Pass offer.

The Mill Manager’s Pass tours are the same content, but we have changed from household bubbles to individual tickets in line with the easing of restrictions.  If you bought an Arkwright’s Special Pass you will have been given 3 Mill Manager’s Passes when you visited.  The Mill Manager Passes can be redeemed on this tour offer.

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 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 the Government relaxed restrictions on Monday 19 July we will be maintaining many of our safety measures at Cromford Mills.

Social distancing will be followed for the duration of the tour between you and your guide and is encouraged between anyone you don’t know on the tour.  Face masks must be worn for any inside portion of the tour, including during the audio-visual show.

If you or anyone in your household are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 or have been requested to self-isolate, 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

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