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Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills

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Address: Canal Road | Armley, Leeds LS12 2QF, England
Phone Number: 44-113-263-7861
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Housed in what was once the world's largest woollen mill, Leeds Industrial...
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.
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Dismal - Leeds council should be ashamed.

Wonderful buildings & incredible collection of abandoned old mill machinery. Looked like most of the exhibits are unfinished restoration projects, where the restorer's ran out of... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Wonderful buildings & incredible collection of abandoned old mill machinery. Looked like most of the exhibits are unfinished restoration projects, where the restorer's ran out of motivation or funding. Or perhaps the old mill machines are left exactly as they were when the place stopped working - who knows? Great shame, there's so much potential here. I visited specially to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We went here today having found it on the internet. My father-in-law is from Bradford and had no idea what this was so I think they need to advertise it more! There was a gentleman explaining about the various machines and the textiles industry which made this part very interesting. It's amazing where some of things we say today have... More 

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Easy to get, parking may be limited. This attraction is a must if you are in the area. here is a complete history of the weaving industry of the area. It was a clod dank Sunday when I visited, so there were only a couple of guides there. There was lots to see although without the personal touch it seemed... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

It was a dismal overcast day in December which didn't help but this museum seems very sad and almost abandoned There are many interesting exhibits but several look as though they have been parked indoors with little attempt at making them tell a lively tale. The exhibition was arranged by industries but there was no attempt to describe the overall... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Arrived not knowing what to expect but was pleasantly surprised with an excellenct small museum. The tour guide gave us a brilliant tour of the textiles industry, which including a great inside into the Loom mechanism. I would definitely recommend going and spending time exploring this long forgotten world. Sat x

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Came with school history trip of 13year old and had a lovely tour guide and great workshop session but the museum itself looked in need of some TLC. Lots of the machines and water wheel are not working which is a shame and there's not much logical order without a guide. Interesting. It's okay but could clearly be so much... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We visited Armley Mills this October half term with our family including grandchildren aged 11 and 9 and were very disappointed. In its heyday it was a wonderful museum and now it is so lacklustre and unkempt. Our family was fortunate enough to be at the Official Opening of Armley Mills by the BBC Blue Peter team over 30 years... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I enjoyed my visit, but felt that the museum has lacked investment. I realise this is difficult in these austere times, but heritage as good as this needs preserving. The staff I met were enthusiastic considering their lack of resources. There is a paucity of information about many of the objects on show, I suspect due to lack of staff... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

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

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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