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“Cromford Mill 21st April 2013”
Review of Cromford Mill

Cromford Mill
Ranked #2 of 9 things to do in Cromford
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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 April 26, 2013

If you like history - then you'll love this. Take the guided tour - not the most professional but certainly factually interesting.
Cromford Mill is undergoing restoration but that did not detract from understanding the history behind its rise and fall.

1  Thank Tim H
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

Great to see these buildings being restored and put to good use. Enjoyed visiting the historic displays, and particularly impressed with Arum Lilie Designs, beautiful artwork and sewing, a real find for those who love traditional design patterns.

Thank BDumbrell
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Visited with my wife as we were staying in the area. The mill complex itself is a hugely significant piece of industrial heritage, representing the birth of the factory system and first successful use of water powered cotton spinning. Unfortunately we missed he last guided tour so we purchased a brochure and "self guided". As this is a complex site which has been subject to many changes over the years and is currently undergoing conservation we found interpretation "not so easy", even with the brochure. I would definitely recommend visitors time their visit to coincide with a guided tour so as to get the most out of it.

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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Fascinating insight into industrial heritage. So much work has been done be volunteers and charity fund raisers who hope to bring this site alive again. Made us feel very humble as we heard about conditions of the cotton mill workers and grateful for how we live now .

We did the tour which was very interesting and visited the café for a welcome cuppa. Also has a well stocked shop with lots of gifts, books etc.and other outlets e.g. a garden nursery, antiques, crafts etc.

There is still so much to do so please support them and go and see for yourselves.

1  Thank Moley14
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

We visited just after Christmas and found the cafe to be a lovely, cosy, inviting place. Excellent homemade mince pies and the lunches coming out looked so good I wished we hadn't booked a table elsewhere later in the day.

1  Thank DerbyMrsc
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