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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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The museum talk was excellent

For shopping, it isn't that exciting, restaurant food was OK, the highlight of our visit though was the talk in the museum. The guide was knowledgeable, friendly and informative... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Fethiye
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

For shopping, it isn't that exciting, restaurant food was OK, the highlight of our visit though was the talk in the museum. The guide was knowledgeable, friendly and informative without becoming a bore. Sadly I can't remember his name, but well done & thanks.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We nearly didn't go in because we thought it was just a huge shopping centre. We would have missed out on one of the most amazing museums that we have seen in any of our travels. This collection of machinery and all of the equipment required for the manufacture of cotton thread was just astounding to see. Andrew's extremely interesting... More 

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Bilston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Masson Mill consists of three floors of designer outlet, a coffee shop, soft play area for children and a museum. The designer outlet was ok as designer outlets go, but nothing special. However, it was a good place to spend a rainy morning and had a very nice coffee shop with a good selection of food and drink. The mill... More 

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Visited last week to see what is described as a 'working museum'. Arrived at 12.30 to find that demonstrations only took place twice a day at 11.am and 2pm. The only information we were given was a thin leaflet with minimum detail. None of the rooms gave any information, we were just looking at a load of old machines which... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 via mobile

This site is a work in progress due to their funding status but is nevertheless well worth a visit due to its historical significance and knowledgeable guides... and every visit helps with the funding! Do it as part of an exploration of the whole World Heritage Site.

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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Although Masson Mill includes some nice items to buy on various floors, and a restaurant selling nice cakes, pastries and lunches, a lot of the mill has been commercialized, and I feel that it focuses less on it's history. It suits older people more than children, but there's a few nice things to see for anyone visiting.

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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

This was a very interesting few hours. The demonstration and talk given by Kevin was most informative and gave a real glimose of what life in a cotton mill must have been like when these mills were at their peak. Great value for the whole family.

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Rome
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We really enjoyed our visit, in particular the talk (given daily at 11:00 and 14:00). There is plenty to see and the man giving the talk - although a bit technical at times - is a real enthusiast for his subject.

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Coventry, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Great place if you like to combine a bit of history and some shopping. Loads of interesting goods from clothing to homeware ...a nice cafe where you can have something to eat and a cup of tea whilst watching the river rush by; interesting bird life too, we were lucky enough to see a 'dipper' which I believe are not... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

My wife and I spent one hour to get to the mill to get some idea of the past history of this area. How wrong were we ! There was no one to collect entrance money, and no one to talk to, let alone any idea of what a weaving mill did ! I cannot believe a museum like this... More 

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