Cromford Open Gardens

 approx 17 gardens open Cromford, near Matlock, Derbyshire Peak District
Sunday 8th July 2018
12.30pm to 5.30pm

Here, where the Peak District limestone and gritstone meet, Richard Arkwright built England's first mill village in the late 18th century and nearly all of his stone-built terraces of workers' cottages survive, many with a patch of garden tucked away behind the street front or in allotment-like jumbles.

At the other extreme of size are the spacious grounds of Willersley Castle and Alison House, both Arkwright family mansions, now hotels and among many places where refreshments will be available.

Cromford is a busy village, but beautiful wooded hills and rocks rise on all sides and some of the gardens are a precipitous ladder of terraces.

A good range of gardens are open this year and the leaflet indicates which are easy of access and which require sureness of foot and balance. Also to be seen around the village are twenty-four pallet gardens made by Cromford organisations, businesses, children's groups and individuals which will be judged for horticultural interest, creativity and humour.

Proceeds go towards village charities and events.

Plant sales:  Plant sales and artwork at some gardens.

Cost:  3.50 per adult, accompanied children free.

How to get event passports:  Tickets and leaflet guides are available from the stall in front of the Community Centre on the Market Place.

Contact the organisers:  Phone: 01629 823 456 (ansaphone is checked)  Email:

Directions:  Cromford is on the A6 Derby to Matlock road, and is also accessible via rail from Derby and Nottingham to Cromford Station, via local buses or TP1 coach (Manchester-Stockport-Buxton-Matlock-Derby-Nottingam). There is limited street parking in the village, left (from Derby) at the main Crossroads, plenty of off-street parking down Mill Road, right (from Derby) at the Crossroads. DE4 3RQ for main car parks.

Location:  Derbyshire.  Use Sat Nav postcode: DE4 3RE (please verify before travelling)

Please ... tell the organisers that you found them on the Open Gardens National Directory.
and ...
give them a gentle nudge to make a small donation to our 2018 running costs.