We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Derby Road, Matlock Bath, Matlock DE4 3PY, England
Phone Number: +44 1629 581001
Website
Today
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: "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.
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 143 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 57
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Very intereting and well demonstrated story of the cotton mills.

Enjoyed the tour with its demonstrations of machinery, techniques and processes of mechanised cloth production in England and especially in Midlands and the UNESCO World Heritage... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
RafikiLondon
,
Vancouver, Canada
Add Photo Write a Review

143 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
198 reviews 198 reviews
71 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Enjoyed the tour with its demonstrations of machinery, techniques and processes of mechanised cloth production in England and especially in Midlands and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Derwent Valley. Looks like the "shopping centre" is struggling, but it has some good deals.

Was this review helpful? Yes
London
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This place should be better advertised, we stumbled upon it by chance, and although the entrance to the Museum doesn’t look much it is actually a hidden Gem, this place shows how the wool industry changed the UK in so many ways. It is a part working mill that makes high quality specialised cloths, but be warned, it is full... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Gt Yarmouth
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
23 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Great place will be great when they get back to its former building work going on loved the little shops nice cafe this was busy due to an M G Car rally

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

as others have said this is a real jumble of textile machinery from many eras without a lot of guidance. However the qr codes work well on smartphones once you log into the wifi. The demonstration and explanations from the guide were very good indeed and finally helped us understand the manufacturing process. It certainly could do with a facelift... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Litcham, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

How do you preserve our industrial heritage, when austerity is all around ? Potentially fabulous collection of machines, but not enough time, money or people to maintain and keep them working, meaning a museum with lots of potential, but ultimately a frustrating experience as you'd love to see more machines running for longer. Guide did a great job showing limited... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
UK
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
16 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Visited here with my wife as part of our holiday. This beautiful old building is crammed with historical equipment, some running, some not. Whilst it was lovely to experience this I feel the tour needs far more information boards and labelling of items. This would undoubtedly elevate my rating to "very good". Put the admission up to a fiver and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
West Kirby, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

This is a cotton spinning mill with a comprehensive range of working machinery. The tour guide had worked in the mill all of his life and his talk (about 45 minutes) took one from the raw cotton bales to the finished products. The most interesting machine was the Jaguard Loom where the pattern in the cloth was determined by the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Wisbech, United Kingdom
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Hoping for a real insight into our industrial past, Arkwright's Mill was a huge disappointment. A jumble of machinery with no explanatory information, the various textile processes remain a mystery in the basement pof the mill, now a shopping complex. This could be so much better, a real tribute to Richard Arkwright's contribution to the industrial revolution. Even at a... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Suffolk UK
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Good history information.Amazing mill workings Lovely little shops.lots to peruse and buy! Worth a visit

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This building has been given a new lease of life for retail outlets. It offers a wealth of merchandise under one roof within a beautiful old textile factory set along side the river.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills also viewed

 

Been to Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?