Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills

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Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills

Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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"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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juliederbyshire506
Buxton, UK37 contributions
Mar 2020
I have been lots of times to the shopping centre at Masson mill but have never been in the mill museum before yesterday. It is very interesting and the guide seemed knowledgable about the workings of the machines the working demonstrations are interesting to watch, you will be able to see it making cloth, but what a tough job it must have been and very noisy when the factory was full of working machines. We got a gold ticket that lets you go on another tour around the boiler room as well. I would say it is worth checking it out. I would also say you might have to ask how to find your way in to the mill as the entrance is in side the shop on the bottom floor at the back but the entrance to the mill is not obvious if your not familiar with the building. Entrance price very reasonable as well parking very good value and you also get £1.50 money back when you shop from the parking ticket if you show it at the time of purchase. Not sure if this applies to the mill tour ticket price though. Also we got there about 11:30 am and was told the tour was not until 2:00pm but I didn’t mind that we had lunch and did some shopping until then
Written March 14, 2020
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Andy B
Harlow, UK491 contributions
Jul 2021
These buildings have been well conserved and described. It is fortunate such an important part of modern industrialisation's history has been preserved. The scale of the site alone is well worth the visit, the shops within it are very good.

Entry to the site is free, parking is reasonable 'pay and display'.
Written July 10, 2021
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Tjackso2
Prague, Czech Republic275 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Really interesting historical museum tour. Make sure you time your visit when a demonstration is on (only twice a day at the moment) so that you can see the machines in action. The massive steam engine is very impressive - you need to pay a little extra for this, but worthwhile if you like big machines. Very enthusiastic and knowledgable guides.
Written February 20, 2020
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lilkitten78
Burton upon Trent, UK38 contributions
Sep 2019
I visited with my 8yo, and we were interested in the museum, so we didn't visit the shops or cafe. The museum is very new and is situated in the mill, well worth the entry fee. There is an interactive information centre with video in the first room, a visitor experience in the original part of the building which explains really well how the building was used and brings it to life, and in-between are other artefacts that I unfortunately didn't get time to appreciate due to my tired child. The only thing was that the volunteers were lovely but didn't really sell the idea of buying a ticket - on approach the lady said "I'm afraid you have to pay to come in", which I wanted to,but I wondered if it might put others off. I imagine it is because people expect it to be free, but they should be confident as it is an interesting tourist attraction.
Written January 7, 2020
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Mazzaroon
UK42 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
This museum was our choice to pass an hour on a wet afternoon and turned out to be brilliant- fascinating stuff. Our kids aged 6 and 9 absolutely loved the museum demonstration and tour - very engaging members of staff that talked about the history of the place and the industry. We loved the newly installed steam engine - worth going to see that beautiful piece of machinery alone.
Written February 23, 2020
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Thank you very much for your encouraging response - we are so pleased your children enjoyed it too. Yes, the steam engine does take you back to a bygone era.
Written February 24, 2020
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samtronic
London12 contributions
Feb 2020
The tour was good, loads of working machinery to see and great explanations of how it all worked and what it was for. Children loved hearing about the experience of the working children of the day although would themselves have been terrified of doing such a job. Shame that to see all of it there is an extra charge for a gold ticket to visit one last bit seems unnecessary and money grabbing...
Written August 11, 2020
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Matt G
3 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
Awful cafe experience. Paid almost £6 for a BLT sandwich, expecting great quality ingredients on some sort of artisan bread. Well, just look at the photo and try to work out how that sandwich was almost £6. I certainly can't!

What I got for that price was a bone dry (no mayo, butter.. anything) excuse for a sandwich on cheap pre sliced white bread...and the most stingy amount of all the components. There was one slither of tomato on the entire sandwich, and hardly any bacon (which was also very dried out. Clearly been made a while before)! I've eaten tastier sandwiches bought in a rush from petrol stations!

Absolute rip off.

Cuppa was awful too! Essentially dishwater. Won't be returning any time soon.
Written November 1, 2020
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Peter H
Belper, UK208 contributions
Feb 2020
Once again, car-parking charges to go to a pretty poor shopping experience make this an unattractive place to visit.

Great historical potential which has not been properly utilised.

The shopping area is boring and full of nothing interesting, and the cafe is similar.

Coach trips probably keep this place afloat, because nothing else does.
Written February 14, 2020
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Steve_Lincs1
Lincoln, UK1,178 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
My girlfriend and I visited here on a cold and wet Monday in March. Nobody else was in the museum. We paid and went downstairs into the first area of the museum. Mill machinery was whirring away and all of the areas were free to roam around and look out. No ropes off areas in here.
It was so much more than we expected, the entire floor and boiler room with all manner of mill machinery was available to look at. For £5 it really was excellent. I’m glad that we paid a visit!
Written March 9, 2020
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kirsty w
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK259 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We Visited the Mills for the very first time today(01/08/2021), whilst on a coaching holiday.

Didn't know what to expect but it was really good, plenty to see & some great shops within the grounds, could do with more variety for places to eat though. We were there two hours which was more than enough time to see around it all for us.

Definitely worth a visit if your in the area.
Written August 5, 2021
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Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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