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Whitchurch Silk Mill

28 Winchester Street, Whitchurch RG28 7AL, England
+44 1256 892065
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Easy to find but smallish car park. Stunning setting. Water of stream so clear could see dozens of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Christine H
via mobile
Interesting

Book the tour it is much more informative than just walking around , the setting is beautiful... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Malcolm P
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A gem of industrial heritage in beautiful, rural Hampshire, Whitchurch Silk Mill is a 19th century water mill that weaves British silk fabrics using Victorian machinery. The Mill is the oldest working silk mill in Britain, still weaving in its original building. An historic silk mill. Whether you're machine-mad, an admirer of silk fabrics, a child learning about the Victorians, or just looking for a delightful day out in Hampshire, Whitchurch Silk Mill has something for you:> the original mill wheel and Victorian machinery;> fabulous fabrics on the looms;> a shop to indulge in silk products from the Mill, and much more;> peaceful setting by the River Test, with tearoom for lunch and refreshments.
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  • Average21%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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28 Winchester Street, Whitchurch RG28 7AL, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Easy to find but smallish car park. Stunning setting. Water of stream so clear could see dozens of basking trout. Interesting walk around the mill. Good coffee and cake. Shame there was no machines at work. Would have been lovely to see one running.

Thank Christine H
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Book the tour it is much more informative than just walking around , the setting is beautiful sitting on the river Tess, buy duck food on the shop to feed swans and duck in the river very therapeutic .

Thank Malcolm P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My daughter won a family pass and we were looking forward to our visit - but totally disappointed - Very unwelcoming - our 3 very enthusiastic children were eager to learn and they didn't get acknowledged by 1 member of staff, they wanted to try...More

Thank Jessliam
ManagerWSM, Manager at Whitchurch Silk Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I am really sorry you and your family had a poor experience. This is well below my expectations for how visitors should be welcomed. It will be raised with the team to raise awareness that they need to welcome everyone as if they were being...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Went on a Sunday, on a sunny day, the view on approaching the building is very photogenic. The river feeding the mill is very clear, making it easy to see the large fish, the ducks antics are also fun to watch. You enter via the...More

Thank DickyTrowbridge
ManagerWSM, Manager at Whitchurch Silk Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for letting us know you enjoyed your visit. With our refurbishment beginning very soon, it will soon be more accessible too

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the mill today but found the video units not working and the visitor information around the inside of the mill itself somewhat poor. The mill is about to under go some improvements for visitor access etc so lets hope they improve the visitor experience....More

Thank hampshireogg
ManagerWSM, Manager at Whitchurch Silk Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing your experience of your visit to the Mill. Much of our interpretation is tired and dated and will be refreshed with the Heritage Lottery Funded 'Preserving the Fabric'. Please comeback after July 2018 to see the many changes we will have...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent an interesting hour or so looking round the silk mill, it was a shame there were no machines working but it was interesting to see the original machines the cafe had good looking cakes and a very reasonable cup of tea, the shop...More

Thank willowSwUk
ManagerWSM, Manager at Whitchurch Silk Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing your experience of visiting us. We are planning to employ more weavers and tacklers (engineers) from July 2018, after our refurbishment, to keep the looms chattering every day we are open

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This could have been a facinating trip, but sadly it wasn't. The mill is lovely, as is the setting, but presentation was very poor. You are taken to the top floor first, where there is a static display of silks on skeins and idle machines....More

1  Thank graham130
ManagerWSM, Manager at Whitchurch Silk Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing your experience of the Mill. We are on the verge of a major investment in the visitor experience, funded by the Heritage Lottery, as we know many aspects of the visit are not up to modern expectations. We'll make sure we...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely atmosphere for a light lunch of sandwiches, cake and coffee. We live locally so were not visiting the mill to look round as we have done so many times naturally. We enjoyed the sandwiches but found the cakes somewhat dry. Staff are very pleasant....More

Thank Hannah H
ManagerWSM, Manager at Whitchurch Silk Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing your experience of visiting the Mill. Our cakes are handmade in Whitchurch and are usually highly praised. We will make sure the staff are using cake in order, to be honest it doesn't normally have a chance to go dry 😉

Reviewed 11 July 2017

We visited the silk mill one sunny afternoon when we were at a loose end, and had a nice trip out. The mill is in the middle of Whitchurch, and has its own workshop showing the traditional process of spinning the silk, the looms for...More

Thank Martyn R
ManagerWSM, Manager at Whitchurch Silk Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing your experience of visiting, we are really pleased you enjoyed the Makers' Market - this is a new event for us and one we are planning to repeat

Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

Very surprised by this lovely museum. The history was well explained and the location beautiful. It's about to undergo refurbishment and we will keep an eye on this as would like to go back. You don't need long to visit, an hour and half max.

Thank schanley54
ManagerWSM, Manager at Whitchurch Silk Mill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for sharing your experience of visiting the Mill. We hope to reopen in July 2018 but please check our website before visiting again just in case there are delays.

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