Our cafes are open for takeaways and all of our fabulous independent shops are open! From Monday 17 May we are offering guided tours, including the Arkwright Experience, and you can sit inside our cafes again! Click Book Tickets for our guided tours.

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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 with the growth of the British cotton industry. 

Important Notice – 19 July 2021

To keep our visitors, staff and volunteers safe we still have some restrictions in place after 19 July.

We have worked hard over the last 12 months to create a safe working environment and a relaxing place to visit.  Our priority continues to be the safety of everyone who comes to Cromford Mills.  Public feedback supports the importance of people feeling safe and comfortable during their day out.  In accordance with industry best practice and guidance issued by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions we will be maintaining some of the measures we have put in place over the last year.  

Whilst onsite, we ask that all visitors follow our safety practices to create a comfortable and safe environment for everyone whilst they are here:

  • We ask visitors to listen to our staff and volunteers regarding our own site restrictions.
  • We ask that visitors wear a face covering when inside the buildings unless you are exempt from doing so.  This includes during the Arkwright Experience part of the guided tour.  
  • We are still applying a reduced capacity in our indoor spaces and adhering to social distancing measures.  Please keep a safe social distance between other visitors and members of the Cromford Mills team.
  • In our Mill Shop we are continuing to limit the number of people inside at one time but have increased this capacity.  
  • Indoor seating in our cafes will continue to be spaced out and limited.  Outdoor seating is available in the mill yard and at the canal wharf and we will be continuing to use our marquee spaces as much as possible.
  • One-way systems will be kept in place; please follow any one-way signs or observe the floor markers wherever you see them.
  • Please give way to fellow visitors and wait your turn whenever you see a sign asking you to do so.
  • We will be continuing to display the Test and Trace QR code at the entrance to our site and in the cafes and giving people the option to leave their details.  Please continue to use the Test and Trace App to help track any breakouts of the virus.
  • We will be continuing with our increased cleaning regime across the onsite.
  • Please pay by card or contactless device where possible.
  • Hand sanitiser stations and hand washing facilities are available.
  • Please do not visit if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of Covid-19, have tested positive or have been requested to self-isolate through a close contact or the Test and Trace App.
  • Cromford Mills maintains its 'Good to Go' accreditation from Visit England for our COVID safe practices on site.  

What's Open? 

The mill yard and cafes are open to the public 10am to 5pm.

Food & Drink - The cafes are serving the option of a takeaway or sit-in menu.  There is limited indoor seating at Arkwright's Cafe and Wheatcroft's Wharf Cafe.  Outdoor picnic benches are located around the site for anyone visiting our cafes.  The Counting House Coffee Stop on the canal wharf is also open for takeaways at weekends and peak times.

Shopping & Retail - The Cromford Mills Shop and the independent retail shops in the mill yard are all open. Cromford Mills Shop is open from 10am to 5pm daily. Please visit the retail tenants own websites for details of their opening hours.  Individual tenants will be implementing their own safety guidelines, please follow the instructions when visiting their venues.

Guided Tours – Guided tours are available to book online daily.  These include an outside tour of the mill yard and a visit to the Arkwright Experience – the amazing audio-visual display inside the 1771 first mill.  For more details follow this link or click on the 'Book Tickets' button at the top of the page.  

Audio Tours – these can be hired from the Mill Shop on arrival – the 1.5 hour tour explores the mill yard and historic Cromford Village.

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 - Toilets in the mill yard are open. There is also a mobile toilet in the mill yard and on the canal wharf.  There are council operated toilets at the canal wharf car park. 

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?

We are working hard to create a safe way to re-open the Visitor Centre later this summer.  You can visit the Arkwright Experience inside the first mill as part of the guided tour.  You can book tickets for these tours online now. 

What's on? 

This year is the 250th anniversary of Arkwright building the world's first waterpowered cotton spinning mill at Cromford in 1771.  We have a busy events programme throughout 2021 to celebrate this special anniversary - have a look at our Events Page to see what's on!   


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