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Cromford Mill

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Address: Cromford Mill Mill Road, Cromford DE4 3RQ, England
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+44 1629 823256
09:00 - 17:00
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Cromford Mill is home to the first successful water powered cotton spinning...

Cromford Mill is home to the first successful water powered cotton spinning mill. The Arkwright Society is an educational charity devoted to the rescue of industrial heritage buildings and helping to preserve the precious built and natural landscape in and around Cromford. Entry to the site is free, and visitors are welcome to come and explore the Gateway Visitor Centre, with information on all of the things to see and do throughout the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Entrance to the first mill and 3D audio visual show of Arkwright himself telling his story is just £3 and tours of the mill are available for £5. As a contribution towards the running costs of the Society, there is a modest charge for car parking ('Pay & Display'). Cromford Mill also offers a wide ranging retail experience in attractive surroundings. All purchases make a contribution to the work of the Society - directly or indirectly. There is a selection of cafes and shops to browse in and around the site including an art gallery and charity shop as well as beautiful canal-side walks. Whether you've come for a walk, stopped to have a coffee or soak up some of the history, Cromford Mills is a lovely day out for all the family.

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Nice place to drop in.

Very good café alongside the canal, good selection & friendly service. A few shops to poodle around and of course the visitors centre. They also run boat trips along the canal but... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very good café alongside the canal, good selection & friendly service. A few shops to poodle around and of course the visitors centre. They also run boat trips along the canal but check the website for details. Pleasant walk on the towpath.

Thank KentOyster
Orange, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful spot amazing to see all the old machinery that started the industrial production of textiles, to see the old weaving machines still with threads midway to weaving a piece of cloth is like interrupting today's job not realising that the mill stopped production so long ago, highly recommended a real piece of history.

Thank Lanny M
Dover, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Arkwrights Mill....not to be confused with the commercialised shopping complex around the corner (Masson Mill)...an informative tour....nice place to eat..and take in the atmosphere..and view the workings of the cotton mill

Thank lookey01
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great presentation in the new visitors centre with a knowledgeable volunteer historian guide and a clever hologram-like video inside an original mill room featuring Sir Richard Arkwright telling his own story. Really cleverly done. The £5 admission fee and £3 parking fee for 2 hours are a bit steep however this goes to the charitable trust that preserves the world... More 

1 Thank Alison P
Evesham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Cromford Mill on Tuesday 13th in the morning, and were really pleased that we went, we were staying up in the area to go to Chatsworth, and wanted to do as much in the area as possible. It is really worth a visit, and the gentleman who was volunteering as a guide in the Arkwright Mill was very... More 

Thank Gillian g
Management response:

It is great to hear you had a pleasant visit to Cromford Mills recently. I will pass your kind words on to the volunteers you spoke to. Our site mainly runs on volunteers and we just couldn’t do it without them, and it is lovely to hear people enjoying their day because of them, so thank you. Cromford Mills is... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The new visitor centre (£5 for adults and free for children - the adult tickets can be used for 1 year) provides a fascinating insight into the history of the site. Meeting a hologram of Sir Richard Arkwright in the first mill building is great fun. There are 2 cafes on site - one in the court yard and one... More 

Thank GeofC
Management response:

Hi there. Thank you for your review. Our pricing structure is new and helps to keep our historical site up and running. Our tickets last for a whole year, so if you visit often, or are just on a short trip to the area, you know you can come back and you will have somewhere to visit. With this, you... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We've been coming for several years, mainly to the excellent cafe (check out the scones!) at the start of our walk to matlock bath and matlock. We've had a tour of the site several times led by local volunteers, which were good. It's had a lot of money spent on a new visitor centre/experience. We've not yet had an opportunity... More 

Thank Charles_and_Susan
Sheffield, UK
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cromford mill lies in a lovely area with walks available along the river and in adjacent woodland. It's lovely on a sunny day and you can buy food to feed the ducks on the water. There's plenty of parking and the main complex is level making it suitable for all ages. We live about 40 minutes away and visit regularly... More 

Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited with friends and spent a whole day in the area. We had a guided tour and went around all areas we could. It was fascinating and the guide (Chas) did a great job in explaining EVERYTHING to us all. We walked into Cromford which was delightful had lunch returned for a walk along the canal before calling it a... More 

1 Thank Middleagedcouple25
Management response:

Hi there, thank you for such a great review. I will be sure to pass your kind words on to Chas as he will be pleased to hear you enjoyed your tour. Our guides are extremely knowledgeable and their stories really do bring the mill to life. It is great to hear you were able to explore Cromford Village as... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very disappointing visit last Sunday to what is usually a great place to visit. Bank holiday Sunday and nothing going on, very little open other than the shops and the tours. What is going on?

Thank David F
Management response:

Thank you for taking the time to leave some feedback about your visit recently. I am sorry to hear you found it disappointing. Our events programme is packed full of events throughout the year, particularly the summer weekends but on this bank holiday, sadly we did not have any events running. If you happen to be in the area again... More 

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