Cromford Mills



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Cromford Mills site presents a remarkable picture of an early textile factory complex. The site now enjoys Grade I status and is part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. The site offers a range of activities for the whole family. Discover more about the valley in the new Gateway, with interactive displays, and meet Sir Richard himself in the ‘Arkwright Experience’. You can also take a ride along the canal, or accompany a guide who brings history to life on a remarkable tour. There are plenty of walks, trails, shops and places to eat as well as regular exhibitions in the gallery. Photo credit: exhibits - Ben Tynegate.

Cromford Mills


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Wheelchair available (pre-booking recommended), staff assistance available
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open all year except 25 Dec. Gateway open 10-4, Cromford Mill site open 9-5

About the area

Discover Derbyshire

The natural features of this central English county range from the modest heights of the Peak District National Park, where Kinder Scout stands at 2,088 ft (636 m), to the depths of its remarkable underground caverns, floodlit to reveal exquisite Blue John stone. Walkers and cyclists will enjoy the High Peak Trail which extends from the Derwent Valley to the limestone plateau near Buxton, and for many, the spectacular scenery is what draws them to the area.

The county is well endowed with stately homes – most notably Chatsworth, the palatial home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, with its outstanding collections of paintings, statuary and art. Other gems include the well preserved medieval Haddon Hall, the Elizabethan Hardwick Hall, and Kedleston Hall, whose entrance front has been described as the grandest Palladian façade in Britain.

The spa town of Matlock is the county’s administrative centre and other major towns of interest include Derby and the old coal mining town of Chesterfield, with its crooked spire. Around the villages of Derbyshire, look out for the ancient tradition of well dressing, the decorating of springs and wells – the precious sources of life-sustaining water – with pictures formed from flowers.

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