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Address: Cromford Mill Mill Road, Cromford DE4 3RQ, England
Phone Number: +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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Afternoon visit

We went here for the afternoon, it was somewhere in doors as it was pouring down. The place is rather good for what it is, it's small but the visitor centre and guide really go... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Leicester, United Kingdom
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Dronfield, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a lovely visit here on a cold weekday afternoon. Fascinating story about the history of the mill and Mr Arkwright. Lovely shop and cafe - would highly recommend!

Thank CTK1962
Leicester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went here for the afternoon, it was somewhere in doors as it was pouring down. The place is rather good for what it is, it's small but the visitor centre and guide really go to help explain the history of the site. For £3 each I think it's worth a visit. It has a cafe, and some little shops... More 

Thank PAwty
Grantham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the mill whilst staying in the area, we had a lovely day & enjoyed the tour,. after a delicious lunch in the cafe

Thank jokaromeo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not only did Richard Arkwright industrialise the production of Cotton he developed the factory system, the working week, shift systems etc. Cromford Mill has none of the fantastic machinery/museum of Masson nearby but it has a slicker visitor centre and a superb Arkwright experience. And the canal site next to the Mill is also well worth a visit.

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Management response:

Thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately we do not have any machinery left in our mill, but that is the great benefit of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. By visiting various sites the whole story of the valley comes together. Strutt’s North Mill in Belper has a water frame and Masson Mill is well populated with textile machinery.... More 

Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Part of a world heritage site, Cromford Mill is the location of the world's first successful water powered cotton spinning mill. For me, it brought back to life the dimly remembered facts from GCE history , about the importance of the industrial revolution, But if that is not for you, it is just a really nice net resting and attractive... More 

Thank Gillian C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Go at least twice a month, great gift shop, the cafe on the Mills site is really good , well prepared fresh food, 2 antique preloved shops , prefer the one on same side as cafe, it is more quirky and affordable, another preloved shop which is well worth a browse. Mill tours look good . There is a free... More 

Thank photosrme
Management response:

Hi there, Thank you for your review. I am so pleased to hear you are a regular visitor to Cromford Mills. Our café is always receiving excellent reviews and I will pass it on to the café team. It is also wonderful to hear that you enjoy the shops we have onsite, all of which aid in the preservation and... More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I visted with a group of work colleagues and we all thought this was a fantastic place to visit. The interpretation is top notch (we particuarly liked 'Arkright himself' in the earliest mill building), there is delicious food on-site and there are some great shopping opportunities. The scenery is georgous and there is the whole of the World Heritage Site... More 

Thank Kath B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Only a quick visit for us on route home, but the mill is hugely impressive and a wonderful building to save for future generations to admire. Saw some historical photos of the poor state of the buildings when the Trust took it over and they should be congratulated on the great restoration work achieved so far. We'll come back and... More 

Thank Jeff W
Management response:

Hi Jeff, What excellent feedback, thank you so much for your positive words about the mill. It really was in a bad state before The Arkwright Society took control and were able to start the restoration process. It is wonderful to hear such support for the restoration work as it is a long journey and sometimes hard to communicate just... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Very interesting visit, there was a audio of Sir Richard Arkwright explaining his working Mill and staff, this made it very real. Hope the Mills in the future are able to raise the monies and restore more of the buildings. Would revisit to see how they are doing.

Thank Lynn H
Management response:

Thank you Lynn, I am glad the Arkwright Experience brought the story to life. It is instantly easier to understand the scale and importance of Arkwright’s work when displayed in such an engaging way. We appreciate your kind comments and wishes and we are always working towards the next step while remaining sustainable. We look forward to you coming for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

My friend and I went to Birdswood Canal to go on a canal boat but we walked through the mill on our way so we made sure that we read all about it on our way back. We also visited all the little shops that they have there and they are great too! Lovely place to visit so will definitely... More 

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