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Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills
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Owner description: "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.
Reviewed 8 July 2014

We visit Masson Mill regularly to pick up some of the many bargain offers available there. Parking is cheap £2 for 3 hours, half of which is refunded with any purchase. Shorter stays are available £1.50 for two hours and £1 for 1 hour, both of which have the half is refunded with any purchase offer. Inside the building which is an old mill first used by Richard Arkwright there are four floors of retail outlets, a restaurant and guided tours of the working mill. There is a very good select of whiskey on the bottom floor, home and travel on the second, clothes and shoes on the third and fashion names on the top floor. Worth a visit - definitely.

Thank JTG21
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"shopping centre"
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"industrial revolution"
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"working machines"
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"cotton industry"
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"cotton mill"
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"several floors"
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"old mill"
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"self guided tour"
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"retail therapy"
in 6 reviews
"textile museum"
in 9 reviews
"car park"
in 34 reviews
"working conditions"
in 11 reviews
"interesting building"
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"working museum"
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"household goods"
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"lower floor"
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"fascinating insight"
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

A very good museum of an old working weaving Mill. The site is huge but to get the best out of it check the machine demo times, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. A really nice young lad runs up various machines and explains their workings you are then free to explore on your own. Attached to the Mill is a 4 story shop operated by Edinburgh Wool Mills. Plenty of bargains here and a nice café to have a coffee and a bite to eat. Well worth a visit

2  Thank R0bbie78
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

The museum here is fascinating for an oldfogy brought up in the cotton towns of Lancashire. We had demonstrations of several machines used in the cotton industry in past times. The curators are very knowledgeable. My understanding of the genius of Arkwright and others rocketed.

There is a very good cafe and an amazing selection of goods for the home and for all ages.

A totally fascinating morning.

Thank oldfogy_11
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Reviewed 26 June 2014

You are best advised to time your visit around one of the demonstrations or go on a guided tour. Otherwise you will be looking at so much dead machinery.

If you are not on guided tour and want to know the details of the machine you are looking at, you need either a tablet or smart phone to access their website. There is no simple system of giving an item a number and reading its details from a printed piece of paper. I would have paid extra for that.

Thank WalkingFolkDancer
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Whether or not you have visited working mills in the past - prepare to be amazed - this is one huge building with hundreds of machines - some of which are still working - including a cotton devil which processed raw cotton and was the first step of the process, winders for winding the thread onto spools, looms to weave the cotton into fabric - still producing cloth today (you can buy some there), and many more. We wandered round on our own first - and my only grumble is that the explanation of each machine required a QR app on a smart phone - and not everyone has one of these. Luckily my husband is good at interpreting machinery, so we managed quite well. Then we had a guided tour of the weaving shed, with a demonstration of three machines (sorry, don't remember the name of the young chap, but he was good). One floor has a lot of outlet stores, and another has Edinburgh Wool Mill clothes at discounted prices, also a food and gift shop, and a good cafe. We visited after walking round Richard Arkwright's Cromford mill complex, and the two together made a very enjoyable day out.

Thank Retired-ppl
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