Sir Richard Arkwright’s Cromford Mills

A UNESCO World Heritage Site

About Cromford Mills


Cromford Mills is a very popular visitor centre located in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales. Easily accessed by car or public transport. Further, for drivers, there are plenty of parking spaces available.

You could easily spend a whole day here, especially if you were to combine your trip to include a visit to the Cromford Canal Visitor Center just across the road. Possibly, even cruise the canal with Birdswood canal boat trips.

Visting The Mills

Whilst visiting, you may want to try the Guided Tour that takes you around the mill providing information along the way about Richard Arkwright and how he made the decisions to build the mill at Cromford. Additionally, you will also find out more about the techniques he used to make it an international success. Aside from this, there are also other tours available and you should check the website for more details.

Where To Eat

Firstly, there is Arkwright’ Cafe overlooking the Mill Yard over offers mouth-watering seasonal dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.

Secondly, the Counting House Coffee Shop is situated on the Cromford Canal Wharf. Serving snacks including sausage rolls, pasties, baguettes or cakes and scones. Also, drinks are served including Teas, Coffees, Hot Chocolate and Smoothies.

And finally, there is the Wheatcroft’s Wharf. It too provides locally sourced food which can be enjoyed inside or outside on the terrace overlooking the canal.

Cromford Mill Shops

Take a browse around the shops. There are a quite a few shops that you can take a look at and these include:

  • The Mill Shop
  • Arkwright’s Attic
  • Cromford Mill Antiques
  • Countryside Books
  • Netty ShopReddish
  • Peaky Printshop
  • Weaveknitit
  • Heritage Antiques
  • Cromford Mills Cheese Shop
  • The Old Lock Up Studio
More Activities

If you have some time to spare its worth having a look at St. Mary’s Church, Dunsley Meadows & Slinter Woodland. These are accessed just outside the mills walls from the carpark.

Or, take a walk around Cromford village where you will find more shops and places to eat. Try Scarthins Books on the promenade.

History Of The Mills

Cromford Mill was inspired by Richard Arkwright in 1771. The site was chosen for its vast supply of water as this was how the mills were powered. During this period the area was sparsely populated. Consequently, it was necessary for him to build homes for his workers. The demand for spun cotton was high around this time so the investment was justified.

The Cromford Mills was closed in the 19th century, after which it was used for other purposes. However, the Arkwright Society bought the site 1979 and since then have been actively restoring it back to the original state.


  • Cromford Mills
  • The Arkwright Society,
    Cromford Mills,
    Mill Lane,
    DE4 3RQ

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