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Review of Stanley Mills

Stanley Mills
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US$42.13*
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Historic Scotland Explorer Pass
Ranked #10 of 65 things to do in Perth
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Stanley Mills is one the best-preserved relics of the 18th-century Industrial Revolution. It was established as a cotton mill by local merchants, with support from the English cotton baron Richard Arkwright. Textiles were produced here for 200 years.The mills were built in 1786 at a hairpin bend in the River Tay, where tremendous water-power was available. Machinery was powered initially by water wheels, and latterly by electricity generated by water-powered turbines. As the market changed and new technologies developed, buildings were added, adapted, expanded, shut down, reopened and demolished.The visitor centre tells the stories of those who worked there and the products they made. The superb interactive displays let you discover if your fingers are as nimble as a child labourer’s or compete to see if you are tough enough in business to make the mills profitable. Hear the clamour of the factory floor and see how engineers harnessed the energy of the Tay as well as the machinery that turned raw cotton into products sold around the world.
Reviewed 6 January 2012

We were only able to walk about outside, but there were good information boards, and the few people we spoke to were helpful

1  Thank william b
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Reviewed 19 December 2011

We really enjoyed Stanley Mills. We visited on the strength of the Historic Scotland brochure, and we were really glad that we did.

What we really liked about this site was the way it was setup to engage the kids. My 12yo and 9yo loved the exhibits - the quizes, hands-on activities (particularly the water mill exhibit) and were interested also in the building itself. My wife and I enjoyed the history and the views from the site.

If you are in the area, don't miss it.

1  Thank DadTravelOrganiser
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

Our children aged 5-10 were veryinterested in some of the hands-on exhibits, the restoration and the whole way of life for children of years gone by. As adults, we were relieved to find so many things for the children to see and do, allowing us time tonread, and learn, much about the history of the area, and the cotton industry as a whole.

It was our second visit and we fully intend to return next year.

2  Thank FamilyGompels
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Reviewed 16 July 2010

We had a great time at the mill the staff were very accomodating. The trip we had planned was cancelled at short notice due to bad weather but after a day at the mill we were glad. All the children had a great time doing the quiz and also the arts & crafts.

Monifieth out of School Care Club

1  Thank moosccgrange
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Reviewed 18 April 2010

The restoration on the mill is breathtaking! We just found it to be lacking things for adults, but great for kids. Great spot for a picnic.

1  Thank c3pon
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