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Cromford Mill

Cromford Mill Mill Road, Cromford, Matlock DE4 3RQ, England
+44 1629 823256
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Sir Richard Arkwright - an outstanding figure in British history

Arriving by car we enjoyed a drink at the cafe before embarking on the guided tour of the original... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
WilliamRead
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Stafford, Great Britain
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It’s a great place if you want to learn about Arkwright role in the industrial revolution. But... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Ian S
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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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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Cromford Mill Mill Road, Cromford, Matlock DE4 3RQ, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Arriving by car we enjoyed a drink at the cafe before embarking on the guided tour of the original mill, delivered by guide Peter. It was first class, with an expert commentary, and an amazing moving image of Sir Richard himself promoting his ideas and...More

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Jo T, Front Office Manager at Cromford Mill, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi William, Many thanks for your review. Really pleased you enjoyed your Tour. Our guides are all volunteers, and do an amazing job. Jo

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It’s a great place if you want to learn about Arkwright role in the industrial revolution. But there is also an excellent patchwork shop, cafe and upcycling centre. If you are here try visiting Cromford village itself as well as the Parish Church. The whole...More

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Jo T, Front Office Manager at Cromford Mill, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Cheers Ian! It is a great place to start when you are exploring the local area.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took the £5 audio tour, which covers not only the mill but the canal wharf and the village as well. And a thoroughly enjoyable two hours was the result.

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Jo T, Front Office Manager at Cromford Mill, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks Ian. The Audio tours are a great way to explore Cromford Mills and the village at your own pace. Your tickets are valid for a year, so you can come back again!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are from Derby so been many times even when the place was in ruins. Interesting shops and nice cafe, but further over NOTHING such a shame no benches no seats. No other shops. Last time we went there was a plant sale, great move,...More

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Jo T, Front Office Manager at Cromford Mill, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Sandy. Thanks for your comments...it's great that you have been coming for so long. The Arkwright Society was formed in the 1970s to save the Mills from dereliction and there has been so many changes since then. As you will have seen, the long...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting place to visit, the story of the owner Arkwright was very informative. I paid £5.00 for the tour inside the Mill but although the talk by the guide was very interesting I was disappointed that you didn't get to see more of the...More

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Jo T, Front Office Manager at Cromford Mill, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello Alison. I am pleased you enjoyed your visit. The ground floor of the Mill Buildings are open to the public , but we rent out offices in the upper floors, in order to bring in a steady income to fund our restoration and regeneration....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for a starting point for a long walk via the canal as we parked here. Totally get the heritage aspect and the part played in industrial revolution but all we saw was an overpriced cafe, a cider 'wagon' trying to entice customers in and...More

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Jo T, Front Office Manager at Cromford Mill, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Tandy, glad you took the time to come and see us before you started your walk, and sorry that you thought the Café was overpriced...most people say that we are very reasonable for what is obviously freshly prepared food. We are currently improving our...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Paid for a guided tour of the historic mill - the guide knew his stuff and was interesting and humorous - well worth the money. The mill is not what it was in the time of Arkwright but the trust are certainly bring it back...More

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Jo T, Front Office Manager at Cromford Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your review Den, and glad you enjoyed your visit. The car parking monies go directly into keeping the site up and running.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I first visited this some years ago when restoration work had just started.This was my father's day choice. This large site is still a work in progress but a lot has been achieved. We took the combined ticket for the visitor centre and the guided...More

Thank John S
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Jo T, Front Office Manager at Cromford Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi John, A good Fathers Day choice for a visit! We are very proud of our guides who are all volunteers with us and absolutely crucial to the running of Cromford Mills as a visitor attraction. Pleased that you can see the difference that has...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were a bit disappointed with what we found at the venue. To say this was the place where the Industrial Revolution of the textile industry started it lacked the wow factor. They presented a good outline by projected image of the story of the...More

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Jo T, Front Office Manager at Cromford Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Stewart. We too would love to have some original machinery to display, but unfortunately it is not as simple as just relocating it from somebody else's Mill...I think they would have something to say!! When the Arkwright Society raised the money to purchase the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My father in law loved the history. My teenage son loved the antique shop selling vinyl and the ice cream and I loved the plants. We live local and visit regularly. Great walks too.

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Jo T, Front Office Manager at Cromford Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for the review, Emma. We do like to think of it as a place that you can visit regularly as a local...the antiquey shops always have something new in!!

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Parking is expensive and nearly deterred us from visiting initially.
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