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.

This year we include newly opened gardens in Barnwell Lane, up Cromford Hill, from which magnificent views over our wood- and rock-girt vale . The walk up Bedehouse Lane, bounded by fields and gardens, is rewarding, but there will be free minibus lifts up The Hill for the less athletic.

Refreshments served in gardens both high and low.

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 leaflets from in front of the Community Centre in the Market Place. If starting from the top, the pizza stall in Barnwell Lane.

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 Transpeak coach (Manchester-Stockport-Buxton-Matlock-Derby). 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.