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On since 2022

Last update: March 2024

The River Mill is an exclusive-hire wedding venue in Derby, Derbyshire, combining aged industrial aesthetics with timeless elegance. Nestled on the world heritage site of Darley Abbey Mills, this ancient setting exudes history, character, and above all, style. Restored to a high calibre, The River Mill gives you iconic 19th-century architecture effortlessly balanced by the natural beauty of its riverside location.

Facilities and Capacity

On the riverbank of the Derwent, close to the city of Derby, is where you'll find this little slice of country paradise. Designed for those who adore a quirky rustic aesthetic, the venue extends itself as a blank canvas for creative couples to decorate as desired. You'll have plenty to work with between the vaulted ceilings, rich exposed brick, and cast iron. From minimalist to vintage themes, the historic property can handle them all. What's more, the grounds offer an adult playground to indulge in a gin and tonic by the riverside or perhaps a BBQ station fit for a summer wedding breakfast. Overall, the venue can host 120 standing guests and 70 for a seated affair, with the option for a ceremony onsite. And it's not just reserved for warmer seasons. At Christmas, The River Mill comes alive with an indoor candlelit feast, leaving the floor open for you to enlist a fire pit or festoon lighting on the riverbank.

Services Offered

A team of welcoming staff await you upon hire, eager to help you achieve your distinctive vision. They adore witnessing the venue burst to life for milestone occasions and are happy to handle any requests you may have. The same applies to the award-winning in-house chefs who look forward to extending their refined culinary fare to your wedding meals. From canapes to live food stations, they are here for it, while the bar's tipples provide the ideal accompaniment.

Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Small hotel
Unusual weddings
Woodland and festival
In the city
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:


Other features:

Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
Changing room for wedding guests
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Bethany F. Sent on 07/06/2024
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The best day!

We fell in love with this venue as soon as we saw it, the price and location were fab and we also booked the cottage to continue our wedding celebrations. Jane was absolutely incredible, great communication and went above and beyond to make sure our day went smoothly. There is not a single thing we’d change from the day!
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The River Mill Real Weddings

Harriet & Steven
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Shaun & Lauren
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Darley Abbey Mills DE22 1DZ Derby (Derbyshire)
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