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.
Under government Covid-19 guidelines, our normal visitor offer has been adapted. Visitors can still enjoy the historic site in a variety of ways - see the 'Enjoy your visit safely' section towards the bottom of this page for more information about our new safety practices. Our current opening hours are 10am to 5pm and entrance to the mill yard is free. Book your NEW "Arkwright's Special Pass" Tickets HERE
Guided Tours - Book your own tour guide for an exclusive and informative outdoor tour of Cromford Mills! To comply with social distancing guidelines, we will run 4 tours each day, each one for a separate household bubble, up to a maximum of 6 people (including children). Advanced booking is recommended to secure a time slot. Click HERE for details.
Audio Tours – Handsets are available to hire on the day from the Mill Shop. Audio Tours cost £6.00 and you will also receive our Cotton Spinners Pass, valid for one year.
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.
Food & Drink - Arkwright’s Café in the mill yard, Wheatcroft’s Wharf Café are open daily and the new Counting House Coffee Stop at the canal wharf is open at weekends. All offer a takeaway service. Outdoor and undercover seating is available in the mill yard and at the canal wharf. There is now limited seating indoors at Wheatcroft's Wharf Café.
Shopping & Retail - The Cromford Mills Shop and the independent retail shops in the mill yard are open. Please follow the instructions outside each shop. The Mill Shop is open daily. Please visit the retail tenants own websites for their individual opening times - find out more on our retail pages..
Mill Yard - Enjoy walking around and investigating the history of Cromford Mills. You will find interpretation boards around the site. Free Entry.
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 - The toilets in the mill yard are open, including the disabled toilet and baby changing facilities. We have reduced the number of cubicles and are operating a queuing system. Mobile toilets are also available around the site to reduce queuing.
What's Not Open?
- You can explore the Mill Yard, Mill Shop and Cafés between 10am and 5pm daily.
- Opening times for the independent shops in the mill yard vary, please see their individual listings.
Enjoy your visit safely
Whilst onsite, we ask that all visitors follow our new policies to keep everyone safe.
- Cromford Mills is located in the Derbyshire Dales District and is currently in Tier 1, Alert Level Medium and we are abiding by the government guidance for this tier. To find out more, and to check what the alert level is for your local area, visit the Government website here.
- From Friday 24 July, in line with the new government law, you will be required to wear a face covering when visiting our shops and 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. If you arrive without one there will be some to buy at the entrance to Cromford Mills. 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, Wheatcroft's Wharf Cafe and the Counting House Coffee Stop to provide contact details or to check-in using the NHS QR codes on display.
- We are enforcing the rule of 6 for all visitors when onsite (unless your household is larger than this number) and social groups of more than 6 people will not be permitted onsite.
- 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.
Our annual events calendar has been revised to create new COVID safe activities. For information about our winter events go to our Event Page to find out what's on and how you can enjoy the events safely.
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.