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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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"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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Authentic working mill experience

As there are so many mills in the Derwent Valley, we weren't sure what to see. We drove to Belper Strutt's North Mill information center. After hearing my teenage son's interest... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

As there are so many mills in the Derwent Valley, we weren't sure what to see. We drove to Belper Strutt's North Mill information center. After hearing my teenage son's interest in the machines, she suggested Masson Mill and pointed out the 2:00 live demonstration. We have seen lots of weaving machines before and a good display at the Manchester... More 

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Kyneton, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Richard Arkwright was a business leader of the industrial revolution, and has been called the "father" of the factory system. Masson Mill at Matlock Bath is the greatest and best-surviving of his cotton mills. You can walk through the huge complex of buildings and machinery, and watch a 45-minute demonstration of the working machines. The noise and the energy at... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this mill by mistake. there is a short tour and then you wander around by yourself. It is basically a factory outlet centre with a small mill. Best drive on another 500 yds and find the heritage centre (that were we thought we were going).

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Thank headgreenkeeper
Gorleston-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely museum very good value at only £2.50 the old working areas looked as if they had still been used the day before with the material and tools left as the would have been at the end of a shift it was like been transported back to the 19th century combined with the shopping area and cafe a good morning... More 

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really good example of our industrial past. There are tours of the weaving floor and information. This is a large building ut there are lifts for access.

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Thank Parsnips24
Dover, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a fascinating insight into mill working over the last 300 years, an excellent museum with an incredibly low admission price .......YES £3 ONLY......There are thousands of artefacts and working looms etc. There are demonstrations here twice a day to give you an idea how things worked. Absolutely fantastic....don't miss it.

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Thank KentVictor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a lovely place to visit. We went to the museum part as well as having tea for two at the cafe. Shopping is also available with plenty of choices. Nice car park offer of three hours with one pound refund if you buy anything including the cafe. :-)

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Thank Janigel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy prking nice café in the courtyard see the fish in the mill feed nice gift shop antique shop and see the restoration taking place there

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Thank John E
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting talk given about the cotton mill. Time taken to explain several of the looms. Some were able to be demonstrated.

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Thank Mart0257
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to other mill museums (Styal in Cheshire) which are a lot better than this one. It was 'quaint' and a lot less developed/less well organised. Signposting was poor. There were many potential health and safety problems. The shopping section was low quality selling old fashioned clothes at sill prices. Wouldn't recommend

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