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“free attraction of significant historical importance”
Review of Cromford Mill

Cromford Mill
Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Cromford
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 12, 2012

Happened to be passing through and noticed that there was free parking on the road outside, walked through side entrance. (there were 2 car parks, one across road and on adjacent to the mill) Discovered this was the World's first water-powered cotton spinning mill, built 1770's before the giant, huge mills built in Manchester. Location chosen due to availability of water nearby. There are other attractions in the area but there were several arty / antique type shops in the mill surroundings itself, there is an old bridge which used to carry traffic to Matlock bath in 1700's but as the mill was built I guess traffic was then diverted around the works. Canal is other side of road, lots of hills nearby for walking / cycling and the poster who mentioned there was no cafe / restaurant in the vicinity, just short distance away in Cromford is The Market Place restaurant which does a 3 course meal + bottle of wine for two for £30, Tuesday to Friday.

Thank Mister J
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Reviewed September 11, 2012

Mill has galleries, antiques, and cafés all worth a peruse. The setting within the mill is lovely and quiet, away from the road. The town is also worth a stroll through.

Thank Herbie-Green
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Its an ok pace. Was dissapointed that on three visits arwrights attic was closed. Its a shame. The coffee is awful and appears to come fom a vending machine but the jacket potato was ok. Ver interesting place to go though and the brad wells ice creams are second to none!!!

Thank Emma G
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

Veru much of the genre of these types of places but a bit better than most. Parking good for Matlock bath but sadly you have to pay even if you buy nothing. Good range and staff friendly and helpful.

Thank Luti D
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Had a wonderful day out at Cromford Mill plenty to see and the little village of Cromford is lovely too. The Mill is being brought back to life by Lottery funding, their are shops, gallery's and all information on the Arkwrights, across from the Mill you can see there old home. Beautiful countryside and not far from home,

Thank patsyrussell
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