In line with the national lockdown, Cromford Mills will remain closed to the public. The Counting House Coffee Stop will now also remain closed until the situation improves. Thank you for your understanding and support.

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Nestled in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales, Sir Richard Arkwright's Cromford Mills is part of the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Visit the world's first successful water powered cotton spinning mill here at Cromford, built in 1771 by Sir Richard Arkwright.  Explore the history of Cromford Mills and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and discover the captivating story of how the Derwent Valley changed the world in the 18th Century with the growth of the British cotton industry. 

Important Notice - 12th January 2020:

Cromford Mills will remain closed to the public in line with the national lockdown restrictions, this includes the mill yard, all retail outlets, Arkwright's Cafe and Wheatcroft's Wharf Cafe.  After listening to the news and seeing the situation elsewhere in Derbyshire over the weekend we have decided to keep the Counting House Coffee Stop on the canal wharf closed until things improve.  This is for the safety of our staff and our visitors; we do not want to encourage people to travel from further afield to Cromford at this time.  We will reopen the Counting House when the situation improves and announce it on our website and social media.      

One of the mill car parks will remain open for anyone local visiting the area for exercise and fresh air with their household bubble or four-legged friend.  You can explore the area outside the mill walls and take a canal side walk, meander next to the River Derwent, explore our wooden sculpture trail and venture up Scarthin Rock.  Please stay local if you are getting out and about and enjoy those places close to home.​

We will announce on our website as soon as we are allowed to reopen, pending future government guidelines. Thank you for your support and understanding. 


Enjoy your visit safely

Whilst onsite, we ask that all visitors follow our new policies to keep everyone safe.

  • Cromford Mills has been awarded the 'Good to Go' accreditation from Visit England for our COVID safe practices on site.  
  • In line with the government law, you will be required to wear a face covering when visiting our shops, café takeaways.  This applies to all visitors unless you have a legitimate reason not to wear one; for a list of these reasons, please follow this link.  You are not required to wear a face covering when outside in the mill yard or at the canal wharf. 
  • We are abiding by the government legisaltion regarding the NHS Test and Trace Scheme and are asking all visitors to Cromford Mills and the Counting House Coffee Stop to provide contact details or to check-in using the NHS QR codes on display. 
  • Please keep a safe social distance between all visitors and members of the Cromford Mills team.
  • Observe the floor markers wherever you see them.
  • Follow any one-way signs or instructions.
  • Please give way to fellow visitors and wait your turn whenever you see a sign asking you to do so.
  • Please pay by card or contactless device where possible.
  • Look after those with you and keep dogs on leads and children close by.
  • Maintain good hygiene and avoid touching hard surfaces, hand sanitiser stations and hand washing facilities are available.
  • Please do not visit if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of Covid-19.

What's Open? 

Cromford Mills is closed to the public in line with the national lockdown, this includes the mill yard, all retail outlets, Arkwright's Cafe, Wheatcroft's Wharf Cafe and the Counting House Coffee Stop.

Food & Drink - The Counting House Coffee Stop at the canal wharf will re-open on Thursday 14th January with new opening hours of Thursdays to Sundays, 10am to 4pm, serving a takeaway menu.  Picnic benches around the site are in place for those bringing their own refreshments.   

Shopping & Retail - The Cromford Mill Shop and the independent retail shops in the mill yard are closed.  Please visit the retail tenants own websites for details of their online shops.  

Picnics & Nature -  Beyond the mill walls you can explore our new wooden sculpture trail and picnic area by the River Derwent. Climb the steps of Scarthin Rock to discover the best view of the site. Across the road you can also enjoy a walk along the Cromford Canal, a lovely place to look for wildlife. You can walk from Cromford to the High Peak Junction railway workshops and Leawood Pumping Station. Please use the rubbish bins on site and do not litter.

Toilets -  There are council operated toilets at the canal wharf. 

Already have an Annual Pass? - Click HERE to see how we are extending our offer so that you can make the most of your visit to Cromford Mills.

What's Not Open?

Cromford Mills is closed to the public in line with the national lockdown, this includes the mill yard, all retail outlets, Arkwright's Cafe, Wheatcroft's Wharf Cafe and the Counting House Coffee Stop. 

What's on? 

We are currently planning our 2021 events calander and will keep our Event Page up dated with new information.   


Pay and display parking is available next to the Cromford Mills site. All of the revenue for car parking goes towards the continued restoration of the site. Please use postcode DE4 3RQ if you are using a satnav. For more directions on getting here, click here.

Cromford Mills map