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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 67 Attractions in Leeds
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: Housed in what was once the world's largest woollen mill, Leeds Industrial Museum houses a wealth...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Redditch, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW via mobile

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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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Leeds, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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