Attraction in Matlock Bath

Sir Richard Arkwright's Masson Mills Working Textile Museum
Derby Road
Matlock Bath

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Every day at 10am, the clattering looms herald the opening of the Working Textile Museum in Sir Richard Arkwright's 1783 Masson Mills. Situated on the River Derwent at Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, Masson Mills are the best preserved and finest surviving example of an Arkwright mill and form the northern gateway to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.

Arkwright was renowned as the "Father of the Factory System". His first mill, built in Nottingham in 1769, was followed by mills all over Britain. Then, in 1783 at the height of his entrepreneurial power, he built his showpiece Masson Mills.

Masson Mills Working Textile Museum illustrates Arkwright's Legacy. Here you can experience the authentic atmosphere of an 18th Century cotton mill, watching as cotton yarn is transformed into cloth on some of the oldest working looms in the world and seeing thread being doubled onto bobbins from the largest bobbin collection in the world. Car park, shopping village and restaurant on site.


Months Open: 1 Jan-31 Dec, Mon-Fri 1000-1600, Sat 1100-1700, Sun 1100-1600. Closed 11 Apr, 25 Dec
Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes
Discount for Groups: Yes
Admission Price: Adults: 2.50
Children: 1.50
Concessions: 2
Catering: Cafe

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