Lumsdale Valley: Public access to Lumsdale Waterfalls and Ponds has been suspended until further notice. Please do not travel to the site.

Visitor Centre @ Building 17 and Arkwright Experience

Discover more about this unique valley in the Visitor Centre @ Building 17 with interactive displays, games and puzzles providing you with everything you need to know to make the most of your visit to the area.

Our stunning interactive scale model of the 15 mile long Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site allows you to explore all of the key heritage and wildlife sites before you head off by canal boat, train or on foot to see this incredible valley first hand. There are over 20 attractions within walking distance of the Visitor Centre and our helpful volunteers are on hand to guide you as you plan your day.  Watch our introductory film revealing why this amazing place was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and discover how the textile industry developed in this once rural valley over 250 years ago.

The exhibitions continues with the story of the Derwent Valley's global impact on the cotton industry and you can meet Sir Richard Arkwright himself in the world's first water powered cotton spinning mill where he brings the building to life in the CGI Arkwright Experience.  Hear how he created his cotton spinning empire and watch as floors and machines appear in front of your eyes. 

Discover what happened to the site after it finished spinning cotton in the 1840s and the life of the mills since then, including the restoration challenge faced by the Arkwright Society to bring the buildings back into use and create the heritage attraction you can see today. 

Opening Times 

  • The Visitor Centre @ Building 17 is open 11:00am to 4:30pm (last entry 3:45pm).
  • From Tuesday 5th November the Visitor Centre will open at 11:30am - 4pm (last entry 3:15pm). 
  • The Visitor Centre is closed from 1.30pm on Christmas Eve and will re-open on 27th December. 

Ticket Options

Make the most of your visit with one of our Visitor Passes

Mill Manager's Pass - £10

This ticket includes: 

  • Any of our tour options (guided and audio tours). Guided Tours at 11:30am & 2pm from 5th November. 
  • Entrance into the Visitor Centre and Arkwright Experience. 

Cotton Spinners Pass - £6

This ticket includes:

  • Entrance into the Visitor Centre and Arkwright Experience.

All tickets are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. 

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

Carers go free.


Disabled toilets are located in the Visitor Centre with full wheelchair access throughout the Visitor Centre, shop and Arkwright Experience.


Dogs on leads are welcome in the Visitor Centre, but are not permitted to go into the Arkwright Experience as the show contains flashing lights and loud sounds. Assistant dogs are allowed everywhere on site.