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Masson Mills is a shopping centre that I came across on a visit to Derbyshire and we were passing it when we stopped to take a look inside, and it is situated in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire and it is an old cotton Mill that used to be owned by a man called Sir Richard Arkwright and he had it built in 1783 and it was finally turned into a shopping centre and there is a museum there too for all the history of the Mill to be revealed and a very nice selection of shops under one roof.
There is an entrance from the road to enter the car park, and we paid a small fee of around £1.50 to park there and as I am disabled there is a disabled car park below the building to park safely and to enter the store by a lift, there is a lift to all floors from the car park and also while indoors.
It is a very clean shop and it has a licensed restaurant inside too with lovely views over the river Derwent and it also has a ramp to enter the café which was excellent for me as I was on my scooter and they sell hot and cold food and lots of snacks.
Each floor sells different items, such as bedding, clothing, toys, ornaments, kitchen items, designer clothing too and jewellery and lots more and a lot of the items are at discount prices, my hubby and myself bought quite a few items from this shop and we bought some really nice coats for half price and the original prices were £60 each and so we got a really good bargain.
The staff are really friendly here and very helpful too, and the isles around the items are quite sufficient for me to use my scooter too and plenty of room and they are very good for pushing a pram or wheelchair around the store too without any hassle as some shops do not have enough room but this one is absolutely fine.
The products are of a very good quality and the prices are amazing in my opinion and we spent at least 2 and a half hours in this store and we really enjoyed our visit.
It is a shopping village and there are 4 floors.
The opening times are Monday to Saturday 10am to 5.30pm and Sundays 11am to 5pm and the telephone contact number is 01629 760208.
The museum is open Monday to Friday 10 am to 4pm, Saturday 11am to 5pm, Sundays 11am to 4pm and the entrance fee is adults £2.50, children aged 5 to 16 years £1.50 and families £6.50 and concessions £2 and I did not have time to visit the museum as I did not have the time but I spoke with a few people in the restaurant and they told me it was worth a visit as visitors can see and get the feel of how people worked in a mill etc and I do my family tree and will visit it sometime in the future as I have ancestors that owned cotton mills but in a different area and I think it would be a good museum to visit for that reason and also if you love history and museums too as my hubby and myself do.
The shop still has the old feel to it and some of the original features are there too, which is very good as it is the history of the mill still standing there.
I really do highly recommend a visit to this shop if you are in the area as I do not think you would be disappointed at all and you can grab a bargain too and I highly recommend it for disabled people like myself as I really did enjoy my visit and I will be going again when I am in the area again.
I give it 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review.
The Masson Mills Shopping Centre is situated between Cromford and Matlock Bath on the A6 in Derbyshire. This centre has been established in the magnificent Arkwright Mills building which was built in 1783. When you drive into the centre there appears to be one very small car park, but there are ramps, which take you to the large 200 space multi-level car park underneath the Mills. The car park is pay and display, but your fee is refunded if you buy anything from the restaurant or tea room. There are about 15 shops spread over the four floors which has a wonderful “old meets new” feeling about the building. You can sense the history of this imposing building and also within the complex is the Working Textile Museum. Although we have been to the shops many times we haven’t yet been to the museum. (Admission for adults – £2.50, children - £1.50). The shops are a mixture of clothing, glassware, toiletries, linen/towels, shoes, golf equipment, nuts/dried fruit, toys, candles, all set in the very spacious refurbished surroundings. The large stairway in the middle of the centre connects all the floors and allows some wonderful smells to drift around the building. (There are also lifts between the car park and all floors). On the Ground floor is the Derwent Restaurant, which serves meals and snacks. The restaurant has huge windows overlooking the River Derwent which originally was the power source for the mills using a waterwheel. After looking around the centre you can talk a stroll along the river with the riverside walk. At the far end of the complex is the Arkwright Tea Room, this more secluded quaint room provides an ideal refuge from shopping. Both the shopping complex and museum are open seven days a week and if you would like some more information you can look on their website at: http://www.massonmills.co.uk When you are driving to this centre look for a large mill, as it does no
t look like a shopping centre at all from the outside, as the building has been preserved in its original glorious condition. This is a very pleasant shopping centre in a magnificent setting. Well worth a visit.