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 - 17 May 2021
The mill yard and retail shops are now open! Come and enjoy a bite to eat from from our cafes, open 10am to 5pm, with limited indoor seating and lots of outdoor seating in the mill yard and on the canal wharf.
Our mill car parks are open for anyone local visiting the area for exercise and fresh air with their group of 6 or four-legged friend. You can also explore the area outside the mill walls and take a canal side walk, meander next to the River Derwent and enjoy a picnic, 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.
Tickets for guided tours and the Arkwright Experience are on sale for dates after Monday 17th May. For more information about our new tour offer click here.
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 any inside part of our venue, including 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. 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.
- 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.
The mill yard and cafes are open to the public 10am to 5pm.
Food & Drink - The cafes are serving a takeaway menu, plus there is now 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.
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.
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 are also mobile toilets on the canal wharf and 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 have just launched the first part of 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.