Nestled in the Derbyshire Dales, Cromford Mills is a free-to-enter, UNESCO World Heritage site and your complete day out with family and friends.
We are home to Sir Richard Arkwright’s first mill complex and birthplace of the modern factory system, built in 1771. Come and explore how this infamous site changed the world we live in today - as well as experience our visitor centre, cafe, shops and nature walks too.
Visitor Centre and Museum
Discover the history of Cromford Mills in our Visitor Centre. For just £5 per adult (kids go free) you can get exclusive access to our interactive displays, games and puzzles that tell the captivating story of the local area.
You will also get access to the award-winning Arkwright Experience - a CGI experience that brings the great man to life.
All our tickets are great value: they are valid for a year and the proceeds are crucial to keeping these historic buildings open for people to enjoy. We also have a really good value Double Day Discount offer with Crich Tramway Village.
Cafes and shops
Serving mouth-watering seasonal dishes, great coffee and homemade cake too, our cafes are the best places to grab lunch while you’re here. We also serve Children’s Picnic Packs to keep the little ones full of energy!
Don’t miss our wonderful selection of artisan shops selling upcycled furniture, antiques, textiles, cheese and much more.
Located in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales means we are surrounded by nature walks, perfect for a stroll with the family. There is a nature trail on Scarthin Rock and Church Walk takes you alongside the River Derwent, plus the Cromford Canal and towpath begin at Cromford Mills, and you can follow them down the valley to the High Peak Junction railway workshops and Leawood Pumping Station. Also nearby are Dunsley Meadows and Slinter Woodland - untouched parts of the Derbyshire landscape.
Pay and display parking is available next to the Cromford Mills site. Please use postcode DE4 3RQ if you are using a satnav. For more directions on getting here, click here.
- You can explore the Mill Yard, Mill Shop and both Cafés between 9am-5pm every day except Christmas Day..
- The Visitor Centre is seasonal: currently 11.00am to 4.30 (Last entry 3.45pm) Winter times from November 5th to 15th Feb: 11.30 am - 4.00pm (Last Entry 3.15pm)
- Open times for tenant shops in the mill yard varies: please see their individual listings.