Visit Us

Nestled in the Derbyshire Dales, Cromford Mills is a free-to-enter UNESCO World Heritage Site and your complete day out with family and friends.

We are home to Sir Richard Arkwright’s first mill complex and birthplace of the modern factory system, built in 1771, and are part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Come and explore how this remarkable site changed the world we live in today - as well as experience our visitor centre, cafe, shops and nature walks too.

Opening Times

From 16th February onwards the Visitor Centre will be open from 11:00am to 4:30pm (last entry 3.45pm) everyday of the week. 

Guided tours are available daily at 11am, 1pm & 2:30pm. 

Audio Tours are available everyday between site opening hours. 

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

Visitor Centre

Discover the history of Cromford Mills in our Visitor Centre. For just £5 per adult (kids go free) you can get exclusive access to our interactive displays, games and puzzles that tell the captivating story of the local area.

You will also get access to the award-winning Arkwright Experience - a CGI experience that brings the great man to life.

Last entry to the Visitor Centre is 45 minutes before closing. 


All our tickets are great value: they are valid for a year and the proceeds are crucial to keeping these historic buildings open for people to enjoy.  We also have a really good 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 too, 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 upcycled furniture, 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.

Visiting us

Pay and display parking is available next to the Cromford Mills site. Please use postcode DE4 3RQ if you are using a satnav. For more directions on getting here, click here.

  • You can explore the Mill Yard, Mill Shop and both Cafés between 9am-5pm every day except Christmas Day. Please check our Christmas opening hours listed above. 
  • The Visitor Centre is seasonal: From November 5th to 15th Feb: 11.30 am - 4.00pm (Last Entry 3.15pm). 11.00am to 4.30 (Last entry 3.45pm) for the remainder of the year. 
  • Open times for tenant shops in the mill yard varies:  please see their individual listings.


Cromford Mills map