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Masson Mills, Matlock Bath, Sir Richard Arkwrights Mill

The Peak District covers much of Derbyshire and parts of Staffordshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. There are numerous interesting towns such as Ashbourne, Bakewell, Buxton, Leek, Matlock and Wirksworth, plus many enchanting villages

Masson Mills

historic interest
A cotton doubling machine in the museum
A cotton doubling machine in the museum
The Masson Mills, sited on the River Derwent at Matlock Bath are Sir Richard Arkwright's masterpiece, a magnificent example of an early cotton mill - the main part was constructed in 1783.

The mill closed as recently as 1991 and has been converted into a shopping village, with exhibition and conference centre, but it also has a working textile museum.

If you are at all interested in the history of the local cotton industry then the museum is extensive and extremely interesting, with a wide range of machinery of all shapes and sizes. Much of it was from the Masson Mill and is still in working order, with working demonstrations taking place.

Masson Mills
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Cotton Doubling machine at Masson Mills
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Ordnance Survey Grid Reference: SK295576 Click here for Google Maps

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How to get there

By Road:
the Masson Mills lie on the A6 between Matlock Bath and Cromford.

By Bus: The Trans-Peak bus (Nottingham to Buxton via Derby) goes past the mill, with an hourly service.

By Train: The Mills are a walk of about 1km from Matlock Bath station, which has a regular service from Derby.
When is it open?

Open daily, Mon-Sat 10.00 - 16.00, Sun 11.00 -16.00. Closed December and Christmas Day and Easter Sunday
What does it cost?

Adult £3.00, Child (5-16) £2.00, Family £6.50, Concessions £2.50.

School Groups £2.50 per child with accompanying adults free.

Adult Groups (10+ minimum) £2.50 per person. Booking required for groups and guided tours.

Prices and opening times are shown as a guideline only and may vary. See this link for more information on prices and opening


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