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Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills

Derby Road, Matlock Bath DE4 3PY, England
+44 1629 581001
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Ranked #3 of 11 Attractions in Matlock Bath
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: "Step back in time" in the Working Textile Museum at Sir Richard Arkwright's 1783 showpiece Masson Mills,the finest surviving and best preserved... more » Owner description: "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. « less
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Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Parking explained in other reviews but the guys manning the car park were very helpful and explained how to claim the £1 back (and gave us a voucher for 50p each off entry to the museum). The museum entrance fee was very cheap anyway £6 for two adults normally. Being IT geeks we loved that a museum detailing mill life... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

We're a couple in our fifties. I remember when many mills still steamed and smoked. While most are now silent, you can really get a sense of the vastness of work and noise with this one (and Styal Quarry Bank not far away. See them both!!). For several mills, including this one, at least a floor is devoted to commercial... More

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Brilliant working museum of our cloth milling history. Atmospheric and engaging, this place must be sustained. Shops mildly interesting but the building is the star.

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Goucestershire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Friendly staff, easy access and parking, restaurant clean and delicious food, excellent prices and value for money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Had a great visit Staff on car park extremely helpful Telling you how to use your discount tickets given when you park up. Prices £3 each (less discount) Was very reasonable Had 30 min demo by staff on weaving Went into restaurant at mill prices reasonable food tasty and fresh

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Ashby de la Zouch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

Visited many times now, always amazed by this beautiful building and the history it portrayed, staff are always friendly, as well as the history the shops are great with a great selection at often discounted prices, well worth a visit

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Dorking, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The tour was excellent. It's worth being there for 11:00am or 2:00pm (check times) for working demonstrations - it makes the whole experience. The demonstrator is very good and the talk very interesting. The shopping is like a very old fashioned department store on many floors. Many bargains to be had, plus a good cafe.

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Derbyshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Worth a trip on a rainy day. Fee for the car park. Several floors of clothing, gifts, golf, food and café. There is a lift and it never gets busy here. You can also pay extra for a tour of the old mill.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Do not confided this place if in a motorhome. Car Park run by idiots. Block half road off - presumably to make it easier for them - which leaves no room to maneuver around their little hut. This is bad enough in a car, but in a motorhome is completely impossible. They did, reluctantly, move their obstructions - just enough... More

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Kingston upon Hull
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Visited Masson Mill yesterday , greatly disappointed after all it is only a shopping complex with a weaving exhibition as a very small part of it, the demonstration is well worth the visit but you can keep the shop.

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