Museum Ticket Options

You can now choose one of three ways to enjoy a visit to Sir Richard Arkwright’s Masson Mills Working Textile Museum. Lots of further information on the museum exhibits is available either online or by using our free Masson Museum WiFi to access our smartphone QR codes throughout the museum during your visit.


Option 1

“Just turn up - No need to book” – Our popular self-guiding option allows you to go round at your own pace using our printed tourguide and lots more information from our QR codes. Machinery demonstrations are at set times every day: Mon-Sat 11am and 2pm (Sun 12 noon and 2pm) in the Weaving Shed* and you can stay as long as you like! Adult £3.00, Child (5-16) £2.00, Family (2 Ads + up to 3 Children) £6.50, Concessions £2.50.
(There is no guide fee for Option 1).

(If you would like to arrange a private demonstration time for a group visit, pre-booking is necessary, subject to availability). Please note that Option 1: “Just turn up - No need to book” is available every day, including weekends, subject to museum opening times.

For Option 1, please allow at least 15 minutes to get from the car park or coach drop-off point to the machinery demonstrations, which take place in the Weaving Shed, (No. 4 on the tour). Tickets for Option 1 can be purchased on arrival at the museum entrance – which is down the driveway and across the bridge at the entrance to the 1783 mill or through the shopping village. Parking, coach parking and disabled access available.

Option 2

Or you can pre-book our brand new tour with a Masson Mills guide (approx.55 mins). A short film and introduction to Masson Mills is followed by a guided tour of the museum and riverbank including the Engine House and bespoke working machinery demonstration times: Pre-booked Groups and Schools £2.50 per person, plus a guide fee of £10.
(Pre-booking essential. Accompanying group leaders free).
Please note that Option 2 is available on weekdays only.

For Option 2, your tour starts at the Masson Lecture Theatre on the ground floor of the Masson Mills flag tower, where you will be met by your Masson Mills tour guide. The flag tower is across the forecourt and to the left of the Shopping Village entrance. Parking, coach parking and disabled access available.

Option 3

By popular request, the new Morning with the Mill Owner has been extended to include afternoons too! This is an opportunity not to be missed. The owner of Masson Mills will personally guide you. Your morning or afternoon starts with an introduction and short film, followed by working machinery demonstrations and a tour of areas of Masson Mills not normally accessible to the public, including, amongst others, the Research Library and Archive Room (containing probably the finest private collection in the UK of archives on the textile industry), the Engine House (containing the oldest surviving W & J Yates compound steam engine built in 1884, currently under restoration) and the Turbine House with its working hydroelectric plant which generates all the power for the mills. The cost is £7.50 per person and includes the guided tour, lots of great original stories - and tea, coffee and biscuits during an informal question and answer session at the end of the tour.
(1½ to 2 hours to suit – on selected dates only, advance booking essential, minimum group size 25. For smaller groups, a minimum charge equivalent to a group size of 25 is applicable, due to the additional staffing requirements of Option 3. To confirm a booking, a deposit is payable in advance of 50% of the minimum charge, (£93.75).
Please note that the “Morning with the Mill Owner” is available on weekdays only, but exceptions may occasionally be possible by special request).

For Option 3, your tour starts at the Masson Lecture Theatre on the ground floor of the Masson Mills flag tower, where you will be met by the mill owner. The flag tower is across the forecourt and to the left of the Shopping Village entrance. Parking, coach parking and disabled access available.

All prices include VAT

(*Times subject to availability).

For booking enquiries please Contact Us