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 from the 4th of July. 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 – These are available to book on the day from the Mill Shop. Tours cost £6.00 and you will also receive our Cotton Spinners Pass, valid for one year.
Food & Drink - Arkwright’s Café in the mill yard, Wheatcroft’s Wharf Café and the new Counting House Coffee Stop at the canal wharf are all open and offering takeaway service. Outdoor seating is available.
Shopping & Retail - The Cromford Mills Shop and the independent retail shops in the mill yard are open. Please follow the instructions outside each shop.
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. Portaloos 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.