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Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills

Canal Road | Armley, Leeds LS12 2QF, England
44-113-263-7861
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Ranked #28 of 102 Attractions in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, History Museums
Owner description: Housed in what was once the world's largest woollen mill, Leeds Industrial Museum houses a wealth of gems located in a beautiful riverside setting.... more » Owner description: Housed in what was once the world's largest woollen mill, Leeds Industrial Museum houses a wealth of gems located in a beautiful riverside setting. Step back in time to learn about the industrial history of Leeds from manufacturing textiles and clothing to printing, engineering and locomotives, which the city was world famous for. « less
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Visited on Sunday 12th October with my sister and niece, to go to Steam Punk Fair. Lots of interesting stalls but also got to walk round museum. Walked down to picnic area at side of Mill race and took great photos. One disappointment was to see vast collection of rubbish including dozens of plastic bottles gathered in the water. These... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Well worth visiting if you are into textile history , or historic machinery /trains . I found it fascinating . Small charge on entry but well worth it . Spent about 2 hours exploring .

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The exhibits have so much potential, but the museum has a feel of abandonment. The old railway has been sadly left and is now overgrown. The explanations on many of the exhibits are brief and don't really provide much detail. The museum is large and has a great variation in quality of exhibits. The cinema room is very well done,... More

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This is a fascinating place with so much industrial history in both the buildings and the contents but somehow it just didn't work that well for me. It is a bit confusing to guide around so needs better signage, the explanations of the exhibits are ok but quite brief, sadly much of the area has the feel of an abandoned... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

passing Armley Sunday afternoon we called in ...and yes there's a entrance fee in but its for a good cause for the upkeep. we looked round all the rooms plus exhibits the weaving textile area took me back when my father was employed in that industry the smell oil etc atmosphere brought Gildersome mill back to me. working exhibits most... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

Went here for a day out with my fiance. Makes a good day out if you have an interest in textiles, machinery,camera equipment,trains & history in general. I found the old fashioned picture house more interesting & my fiance liked the trains as he has a keen interest in that. But overall I found it lacking somehow, has a depressing... More

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A deceptively large site and set of buildings, holding machinery from the mill's working life, looms, jennies etc.. Other items include a section on clocks and cinematography, including their one mini-cinema. Also a collection of steam engines and diesel locomotives, traction engines, etc.. Very interesting glimpse into the industrial heritage of Leeds in an authentic and beautiful setting. Free parking... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I wasn't aware of this place and came across it by chance. I took two of my kids (16 and 22) and we all really enjoyed it. there is a cost to get in, but it's very reasonable and there is nearby parking. There are exhibits indoors and out and we all found it really interesting. They even have old... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

A little gem. Ample parking but the place was very quiet for a bank holiday. Lots to see and a great selection of things for children. A good place for all ages. We loved looking at all the historic machinery. Some of it is a little spooky to think of young children working such heavy machines. Only down side was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

As my family have worked in the industry it was interesting to take the younger ones round to see where great grandad worked. The chap demonstrating the working spinning machines was very engaging and knowledgable. A very pleasant couple of hours.

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