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Cromford Mill

Cromford Mill Mill Road, Cromford DE4 3RQ, England
+44 1629 823256
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Knowledgeable volunteers bring arkwright alive - literally!

Started our visit with a delicious breakfast at the cafe. Fascinating history, good to see that... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hertford, United Kingdom
Lovely for walking

We started a walk from the canal across the road from Cromford Mill, and carried on up the High... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Market Harborough
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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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  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Cromford Mill Mill Road, Cromford DE4 3RQ, England
+44 1629 823256
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Started our visit with a delicious breakfast at the cafe. Fascinating history, good to see that the good and the bad are acknowledged. Loved the animation - won't say more so as not to spoil the experience for others. A lot of effort has been...More

Thank ATS2013
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We started a walk from the canal across the road from Cromford Mill, and carried on up the High Peak Trail/Incline, before heading back to Cromford (4.5miles). There's a shorter 3-mile version too. These are easily obtainable online. There are historically informative signs along the...More

Thank Lynda5744
Reviewed 1 week ago

The buildings have been well restored and the information boards are very informative. We weren't there in time for a guided tour. The "Arkwright Experience" is just a lecture and a fuzzy film of an actor playing the part of Richard Arkwright. There are no...More

Thank chives1cl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been here several times when in the area. It is free to get in and you can walk round seeing the old mill buildings and the remains of the waterwheel. There is an antiques shop and small displays in one of the buildings....More

Thank Matt C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tells the story of Richard Arkwright and his water powered spinning machines, and the birth of the industrial revolution. It cost £5 and included a short film and a 15 minute guided explanation. Sadly, not much to see other than derelict buildings and tha small...More

Thank Als1955
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This a real gem of a place. Set in the Derwent valley, which is a Unesco world heritage site. Where to start? Well! This is run by the Arkwright society. It has been comprehensively restored to a high standard. (with lottery support) There is no...More

Thank Rakester1965
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Reading the reviews you see that a lot of people were "let down" or not excited about this site. I think that is a reflection of our contemporary cultural expection to be "entertained" and have lots of interactivity in our attractions. It's an XBOX world...More

2  Thank xandersmom1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a very interesting site to visit, we did the audio tour which was excellent, taking in the surroundings as well. The walk out to the village and back through the trees was really good. Surprised the church was not available to look around...More

2  Thank leysla
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm not sure what we were expecting but I did know that the valley was the birthplace of the industrial revolution. We were not disappointed. This mill was fascinating with knowledgeable guides ,films and a tricky audio tour. The place where textile industry blossomed and...More

Thank NotLordPercy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by when the nearby tramway museum was unexpectedly closed and enjoyed a really interesting visit. The new audio visual presentation is clever and brings the mill buildings to life. There's a good circular walk which begins from the wharf opposite the car park and...More

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