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Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills

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Address: Derby Road, Matlock Bath, Matlock DE4 3PY, England
Phone Number: +44 1629 581001
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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.
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We had a good time exploring this mill museum. We spent about 20 mins looking at the shops but we were only really interested in the museum. You pay £1.50 for 2 hours of car... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
Gerry G
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hampshire
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hampshire
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

We had a good time exploring this mill museum. We spent about 20 mins looking at the shops but we were only really interested in the museum. You pay £1.50 for 2 hours of car parking and get 75p off goods in the shop - we bought sweets for the drive home! The museum is £3 adult, £2 children, family... More 

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We fortunately went on the guided talk. Without this, the museum would certainly be difficult to engage with well. There are code scans for smart phones, but not in all places, and the layout is a bit chaotic. It feels like a museum that needs some more staff (we waited over 15 minutes at the entrance until someone would take... More 

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Nottingham, England, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This is a very interesting museum of textile production and the wonderful machines that were employed. Bobbin winders and looms , balebreakers and more. The industry spawned a dictionary of wonderful names. But to understand it fully it take the tour (30minutes) when so much is clearly explained about looms,shuttles and Jaquard Machines and the miserable and dangerous working practices... More 

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Heswall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Wish I could have done the mill tour but being disabled it was not possible. That's not a complaint as I know it's a working mill. Really enjoyed the rest of my visit. As I'm normally a non-shopper I managed to open my purse on a number of occasions, well done Masson Mills. Mum and I had an afternoon tea,... More 

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cambridgeshire
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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Loved the whole experience of the mills. It was so informative. If you are in the area and have never been to a mill before this is a must.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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70 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Came here before we went to matlock bath the mill was ok but I didn't like some of the clothes that they had inside also the toilets were not easy to find and they were not clearly labelled the café was fine rather expensive but some of the bags were nice upstairs on the 4th floor I don't think I... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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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.

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London
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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 

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Gt Yarmouth
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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

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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 

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