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Visit Us

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. 

Come and explore how this remarkable mill site changed the world we live in today with a guided tour and trip inside our visitor centre, cafes, shops and nature walks.

Visitor Centre, Arkwright Experience and Tours

Discover the history of Cromford Mills and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site in our Visitor Centre.  Explore the world heritage site through interactive displays, games and puzzles that tell the captivating story of how this valley changed the world in the 18th Century with the growth of the British cotton industry and its global impact.  Visit the world's first successful water powered cotton spinning mill here at Cromford, built in 1771 by Sir Richard Arkwright and meet the man himself in the award-winning Arkwright Experience - a CGI show that brings to life the mill and the man inside the birthplace of mass production.    

Discover more about our amazing story and step back in time with one of our guided or audio tours.  Our knowledgeable team will share stories about how Sir Richard Arkwright revolutionised the cotton industry, changing the world forever, and how the cotton mills at Cromford became a thriving community.  The audio tour continues into the village as you follow in the footsteps of hundreds of mill workers and discover Derbyshire's first industrial housing and the water management system Arkwright built to power his mills. 

Ticket Options: Buy Online

It's free to enter the mill yard to visit the shops and cafes. 

Make the most of your visit by discovering more about the amazing history of the site with one of our visitor passes. 

Mill Manager's Pass — £10

Immerse yourself in the history of Cromford Mills with our all-in-one Mill Manager's Pass.  Discover the story of Sir Richard Arkwright inside his first mill, learn about the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, and step back in time with a choice of tours.

This ticket includes:

  • Any of our tour options (guided and audio tours). 
  • Entrance into the Visitor Centre and the Arkwright Experience.  

Cotton Spinner's Pass — £6

Step inside our Visitor Centre and discover more about the history of the Derwent Valley and the world's first successful waterpowered cotton spinning mill with the Arkwright Experience.

This ticket includes:

  • Entrance into the Visitor Centre and the Arkwright Experience.  

All of our tickets are valid for a year, so you can come back and see us again and again!

Under 16s go free (must be accompanied by a paying adult). Maximum 3 under 16s per 1 paying adult. 

Carers go free.

The proceeds of all ticket sales go towards keeping these historic buildings open for the public and enable us to continue the restoration work of the Cromford Mills site.


We also have a great value Derbyshire Day Out Discount offer with Crich Tramway Village, Strutt's Belper North Mill or Derby Museums' Café.

Cafes and shops

Serving mouth-watering seasonal dishes, great coffee and homemade cake, 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 gifts, antiques, textiles, cheese and much more.

Nature walks

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.

Opening Times

  • You can explore the Mill Yard, Mill Shop and both Cafés between 9am and 5pm daily except Christmas Day.  
  • The Visitor Centre is open from 11:00am to 4:30pm daily (last entry 3:45pm), closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. 
  • Guided tours are available daily at 11am & 2:00pm, except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day. 
  • Audio Tours are available everyday between site opening hours. 
  • Opening times for tenant shops in the mill yard varies: please see their individual listings

A full list of our opening times can be found at the bottom of this page. 

Visiting us

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