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Address: Derby Road, Matlock Bath, Matlock DE4 3PY, England
Phone Number: +44 1629 581001
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"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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Little gem

A lot of people only come to Masson Mill for the shopping, but I would highly recommend taking an hour or so out to learn about what made that area what it is. It was a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Matt G
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A lot of people only come to Masson Mill for the shopping, but I would highly recommend taking an hour or so out to learn about what made that area what it is. It was a fascinating experience, well worth the visit to just learn about how it developed and what went on. If you time it right you will... More 

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Matlock
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

I live nearny and never bothered going because I feared it could be boring. I was wrong. The place is huge and atmospheric. Photographers will love the wild clutter of machines, threads and bobbins. Worth the money just to wander the building and overlook the gushing weir that powered the place. Worth waiting for the 2pm demonstration. A quietly spoken... More 

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Thank Linda H
Rochdale, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Overall the place is good, lots of stairs though, which is odd since the articles sold are probably more appropriate for the over 50's in general, so if you aren't particularly able bodied you may struggle!

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Thank Annette J
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We visited Masson Mill museum on a rainy January day in order to keep out of the rain. The museum tells the story of Arkwright and how he built this monument to industry and developed many of the working practices that kept going for many decades. The guide was very good an knowledgeable having worked in the industry for many... More 

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Thank Bob S
Wokingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Fantastic, even our senior school child found it interesting for her school projects. To see the looms in action was brilliant and my engineer husband analysed the workings of the machines. Something for everyone. The shopping complex above and around was also well stocked with interesting items. This working textile mill also had a small shop where you could buy... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

We were pleasantly surprised to find this working textile museum. Was a good experience. Would recommend.

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Was very much looking forward to visiting the museum. We phoned to see if it was open and the information line said it was, the boards outside said it was, but inside there was a rope across saying closed and no staff to be seen. The nice lady in the soft play area next door said she had seen the... More 

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Thank KAW687
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

We visited Masson Mills have went back in time to have a demonstration of the production of cloth in a cotton mill.It was very interesting and a great insight into Victorian times.Worth the visit also you get the chance to shop at the mill outlet

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

not really sure what we expected , after paying for car park yet again , the shops were very expensive , nothing to go wow,, we would not go again,

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

A real insight into the early years of the Industrial Revolution in Derbyshire. Good to see the old machinery being demonstrated - not just gathering dust. Knowledgeable guide, even though he was a 'stand in'. A museum with a difference.

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