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The Silk Museum & Paradise Mill

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Address: Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ, England
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+44 1625 612045
10:00 - 15:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 15:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Follow the journey of silk making, from cocoon to loom at The Silk Museum....

Follow the journey of silk making, from cocoon to loom at The Silk Museum. As well as the stunning displays of silk items, there is a fascinating programme of temporary exhibitions to enjoy.

Paradise Mill is next door. Step back into the 1930s with a guided tour; see restored Jacquard looms and machinery, and watch as they weave their magic!

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Great place to see Macclesfield past.

Derick, was a brilliant tour guide, explaining everything concerning the mill, it was a real blast from the past, but having the experience of a man with expert knowledge brings... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2016
peter w
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016

Derick, was a brilliant tour guide, explaining everything concerning the mill, it was a real blast from the past, but having the experience of a man with expert knowledge brings this fascinating place to life. I just hope it continues to delight well into the future. As Macclesfield is not what it used to be. The crazy idea of a... More 

Thank peter w
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Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We came to look at the Embroiders Guild Exhibition, but decided to visit the Mill/ go on the guided tour and visit the Museum, 2 separate buildings 20 yards apart. Really great. Demos of shuttle weaving, spinning and twisting. The machinery and idea of Jacquard weaving is so old and complex, all before computers, even though it uses punch cards... More 

Thank Mikethenailer
Cheshire UK
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Reviewed 23 September 2016

The silk museums provide interesting and valuable insight into Macclesfield's silk history. There are weaving demonstrations during the tours and exhibitions of beautiful garments and items fashioned from silk. The museum shop provided unusual gifts and has something every pocket can purchase.

1 Thank AlisonCheshire
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed 19 September 2016

The museum and mill hold a wealth of silk-related machinery, materials and knowledge. The museum is interesting and gives background on how the industry evolved and the challenges faced by the people of Macclesfield. It presents many items related to the silk trade, silk industry, design industry and the working lives of the people working in the mills. One thing... More 

1 Thank HelenM_NickD
Taunton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

Visited on a Saturday afternoon and was pleasantly surprised how quiet it was which enabled me to look at all the displays easliy. There are various films to watch and also two aural histories which were interesting to listen too. You can see many examples of different silk pictures,stevenographs, materials etc. There are microscopes to look through and see cocoons... More 

1 Thank Taplledraw
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Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

The museum is well worth a vist, but the tour of the mill made it better. Our mill tour guidr was great and showed you how the mill machinery worked. Go!

Thank gdben1
Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

Both the museum and the silk mill were a very interesting look back at our industrial history. The tour guide, Malcombe, brought the weaving shed back to life with his knowledge and skillful delivery of the history of the silk trade in Macclesfield. The visit was arranged as part of a few days stay in Derbyshire, the staff I had... More 

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Reviewed 10 September 2016

An excellent way to find out the history of Macclesfield The Silk Museum houses some artefacts from Macclesfield's history. Macclesfield was and still is a leading manufacturer of silk and silk products. In The Silk Museum gift shop you will find numerous items for sale made out of Macclesfield silk. The Silk Museum also has a coffee shop and cinema... More 

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Altrincham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 September 2016

Go for the combined entrance to the museum and the Paradise Mill tour. £8 for an adult; concessions available. I would do the mill tour first and then mosey around the museum as having had everything explained the exhibits in the museum would mean much more. The mill tour was great. Our guide Mike was friendly, inclusive and informative, explaining... More 

1 Thank Ollerbarrow
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Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

The Silk Museum itself is alright and informative, but the old mill is GREAT. I've never seen anything like it. The guides are really good and it's amazing to see everything just like old days.

Thank Katrine S

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