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Visit Cromford Mills car-free

Visit by bus for just £2 each way. Most buses in England are offering £2 Single Fares until 31st December 2024. Our journey planner will show you if your route is included, or you can find a full list of participating operators and routes here.

It’s easy to visit Cromford Mills car-free.

Trains stop 10-minutes away at Cromford from: Derby (30 mins), Matlock (5 mins) and Nottingham (70 mins).

Change trains at Derby from: Birmingham New Street (35 mins), Leicester (30 mins) or Sheffield (30 mins).

Buses from Matlock stop at the Market Place bus stop located on Cromford Hill. From here take a 5-minute walk to Cromford Mill

Buses stop round-the-corner from: Bakewell (35 mins), Belper (15 mins), Buxton (70 mins), Chesterfield (50 mins), Derby (45 mins) and other towns.

Check out our recommended route (below) and then use our journey planner (above) for door-to-door train, bus and walking routes.

Discount: Enjoy a 10% discount in Arkwright’s café with a valid bus ticket or train ticket.

For money-saving tips see our handy guides to trains and buses.

A Matlock or Buxton PlusBus ticket gives you unlimited bus travel around the area, including Cromford Mills from the train stations. However, PlusBus tickets are not available when arriving at Cromford train station.

The bus or train Wayfarer from Sheffield and Derby or bus Wayfarer from Manchester give you unlimited travel around the area. Or find the best ticket for bus X17&158The SixesTransPeak (Cromford is in the PeakPlusExtra zone), 140110&111.

Check if you are eligible for any train ticket offers before you travel.

Scenic Derwent Valley Train Line has a downloadable activity book which includes a fun family walking trail from each station and numerous family-orientated quizzes and activities to take part in.

Cromford train station was pictured on the cover of the single ‘Some Might Say’ by Oasis (1990s Britpop).

Cycle routes National Route 54 stops about 1.5 miles away from Cromford Mills. Plan your cycle route here.

Footpaths from Cromford Mills are described on the website. You can walk around the mill and village or along the canal. The Clough Walk, Derbyshire Dawdle and Derwent Valley Heritage Trail pass Cromford Mills along the River Derwent. The High Peak Trail is to the South.

You walk along the canal from: Matlock Bath (30 mins) and Matlock (55 mins), Whatstandwell (70 mins) and Ambergate (2 hrs).

Taxis need to be booked ahead with: Cross Dales – 01629 650 025 or Yaz – 01629 690 091.

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About Cromford Mills

Built in 1771 by Sir Richard Arkwright, it is the world’s first successful water-powered cotton spinning mill and a cornerstone of the Industrial Revolution.

During your visit explore the history of Cromford Mills and the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and discover the captivating story of how the Derwent Valley changed the world in the 18th Century with the growth of the British cotton industry.

Sir Richard Arkwright’s invention of the cotton-spinning machine, the waterframe, revolutionised the cotton industry, transforming it from a small cottage industry to one of large-scale factory production. Arkwright became known as the ‘Father of the Factory System’ for launching the world’s first production line. These ideas lead to the growth of hundreds of Arkwright style cotton mills across the country and by the early 1800s cotton was Britain’s major import and export.

A visit to Cromford Mills will introduce you to this amazing moment in history as you explore the mill yard and adjacent workers village.

For any queries about visiting contact Cromford Mills on 01629 823256 or info@arkwrightsociety.org.uk

Address: Cromford Mills, Mill Lane, Derbyshire, DE4 3RQ. Visit Website