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Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills

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Address: Masson Mills Derby Road, Matlock Bath, Matlock DE4 3PY, England
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+44 1629 581001
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00

"Step back in time" in the Working Textile Museum at Sir Richard...

"Step back in time" in the Working Textile Museum at Sir Richard Arkwright's 1783 showpiece Masson Mills,the finest surviving and best preserved example of an Arkwright cotton spinning mill. Let the sights, smells and sounds of historic working textile machinery transport you into the past and bring Arkwright's legacy to life. Shopping village, restaurant and car park on site. Gateway to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

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Interesting history!

The textiles museum is an intriguing place to explore and soak up the atmosphere of a once functioning mill. There are so many pieces of machinery, looms, huge boilers, massive... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
North West England, United Kingdom
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Redditch, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Didn't like the place at all. Will not visit again. It advertises restaurant. It was self service closing early.

Thank gjrus2015
North West England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The textiles museum is an intriguing place to explore and soak up the atmosphere of a once functioning mill. There are so many pieces of machinery, looms, huge boilers, massive drills, artefacts, etc. all from an era that we can now only imagine. It is good that these places are saved for posterity, the small entrance fee helping to keep... More 

1 Thank Sue00do
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a lovely 3 hours looking around the shops and the museum. There was a extremely knowledgeable man in the museum who told us all about spinning cotton. We had a delicious afternoon tea for £12 for two. Great value. Beautiful setting.

Thank Nicki W
Ajijic, Mexico
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing place, quite literally the site of the birth of the industry revolution. Easy to get around even in a wheelchair, good café, shops and so much history. Take the grand kids and show them how things were still being made when Grandma was small.

Thank ibbocat
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous museum. Make sure that you catch the demonstrations which are usually twice a day. The demonstrator was excellent and the range of machinery they have on display is impressive Well worth a visit

Thank Ian B
Essex, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

This little museum is great, it's a real plus that they have the machines still as it gives you more of a sense of what it would have been like as a worker there. Although there is a leaflet and QR codes for more information , I would definitely recommend attending for the demonstration if possible, as it really brings... More 

2 Thank jesscalou
2 reviews
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

I see people complaining about having to pay for parking.... It is £2 to park for 3 hours and you get £1 back in store with any purchace! Where is the problem? Mason mill is not one organisation but several outlets, this includes the car park! Each floor is a different shop and on every floor I can guarantee you'll... More 

Thank Yellowstain
Harwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

we got there late but just a quick wander round was enough to whet the interest enough to be planning a return visit. We missed the demonstrations but have been told by other members of our party that they are not to be missed. We will go back soon.

1 Thank Alison H
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Great Place to visit, good food in the restaurant, lots of very tempting things to purchase, there's a new childrens play area which looks exciting tried to keep hubby off the go cart.

1 Thank Katey-Saxaphone
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Perfect place to while away some time if weather is inclement, or even if it isn't. Several floors with huge selection of goods for sale from clothes, shoes, household and décor to food, alcohol, toys and of course Restaurants. Some great bargains and unusual and different goods not found on the high street. Definitely worth a visit, and your Carparking... More 

1 Thank HappytripperSurrey

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