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Cromford Mill

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Address: Cromford Mill Mill Road, Cromford DE4 3RQ, England
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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 area to explore lots to see

Mill tours, cheese shop, gift shops, antiques; cafes, canal walk. The low parking fee is worth every penny

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Mill tours, cheese shop, gift shops, antiques; cafes, canal walk. The low parking fee is worth every penny

Thank shropshire69
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely place with an interesting history and lots to see and do. We haven't actually done the tour yet but saving that for later in the year. We've visited twice and enjoyed it both times - my particular favourites are the quilting shop and the antique shops! However, I am looking forward to doing some walking in the area which... More 

Thank gfdolly
Braintree, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cromford Mill is a working museum (Cotton Mill) for the Textile industry. The gentleman who manages it is skilled, knowledgeable and exceptionally good with customers. The working machines are so interesting. The countryside in the area is stunning and the river walk from the mill has a weir. The upper levels of the Mill has been turned a cafe and... More 

1 Thank TiggerUSM
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

... and especially with the audio guide so you can proceed at your own pace. Very interesting to contemplate the drive for expansion and profit with the harsh conditions for the workers (but was the farm work any better) interspersed with occasional touches of humanity whether paternalistic or not. Do take the time to follow the audio guide out of... More 

Thank arkivist
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Mill and it's antique and collectors centre well worth a visit Beautiful setting by the Cromford Canal The Mill itself being sensitively restored. Arkwrights Mill the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. The antique centre situated in part of the Mill has over 40 cabinets plus paintings exhibiting for purchase a wide range of items A must include if visiting... More 

Thank Peterherbert69
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoy coming to this place, the waterworks are there for all to see, there are various shops we particularly enjoy the two antique shops and the craft shop. You can have a guided tour , but we haven't done that yet. There's plenty to pique your interest in the shops that are open to all and real interest... More 

Thank Chris D T
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Cromford mill for the 1st time yesterday. The buildings themselves are beautiful & the history of the place is really facinating. We did eventually go on a tour of the site which was really excellent with a very friendly guide who really knew his stuff & I would highly recomend it. The only problem we had was that... More 

1 Thank Sarah N
Management response:

Hi Sarah. Thank you for taking the time to leave some feedback. It is really important that we are aware of areas we need to improve. I am glad you found the buildings and the Mill fascinating. We do our best to provide the best visitor experience for all of our visitors. I apologise for any miscommunication. I will pass... More 

Belper, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was asked to meet at the mill for a meeting. Surprised nice little cafe shop they are doing a lot of work there at present when finished would be worth a visit. Would be a nice place to visit in summer . You can have a tour not sure cost

1 Thank stephenbury
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We bought the full ticket which includes a guided tour around the site plus a walking guided tour around Cromford. The guide was very knowledgeable and we learned so much about Sir Richard Arkwright and the water powered cotton mill which he built there. Unfortunately the mill no longer exists but there is a wonderful show using a hologram of... More 

Thank sambwood
Management response:

Thank you so much for such a great review. It is great to hear when visitors have a great day out here ta Cromford Mills and are able to learn a lot about the history and importance of the site. I will pass your kind comments on to the Wheatcroft’s Wharf Café team. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not sure what happened here really. Really quiet and no sense of direction on offer. We wandered about for a while and went in a couple of gift type shops. Didn't seem to be much else happening but reading other reviews it seems we obviously missed the whole point of the place! May need a revisit sometime!

Thank EEEandCO
Management response:

Hi there, I am really sorry to hear you had a confusing experience at Cromford Mills recently. We are always working to improve signage to help visitors understand the site. We are the site of the World’s First water Powered Cotton Spinning Mill, pioneered by Richard Arkwright. The site has gone through years of restoration to get to the stage... More 

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