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The Silk Museum, Paradise Mill

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Address: Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 6TJ, England
Phone Number: 01625 612045
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A good diversion on a rainy day

The Silk Museum is well worth a visit. It provides a really good background to the past of Macclesfield. A really good exhibition and that is said on the basis that with a little... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Silk Museum is well worth a visit. It provides a really good background to the past of Macclesfield. A really good exhibition and that is said on the basis that with a little parental (grandpa rental) guidance th childr n are captivated!

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Isla Plana, Spain
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Booking ahead is desirable. This was a fascinating museum redolent with the sounds, sights and smells of times past. The guided tour of this museum was excellent and the guide very knowledgeable. We were totally absorbed by the variety of machinery used in the silk industry and much of it was still operational to the point where one could see... More 

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The mill looks like it did when it shut down a hundred years ago and as it did for generations before that. Our very insightful guide gave us a real taste of what the times were like back then and how Macclesfield stood out internationally in the silk industry. A real expert. The museum and the mill both contain significant... More 

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The video footage shown was really interesting but there was little else to see. It would have been nice to see some spinning machines, raw silk, etc (unless we missed them) Our visit took about 15 minutes. Although there was a printing fayre on which was good

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Sheffield
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

This was excellent. I was not really into textiles but the history, skills, machinery and machines were fascinating . Well worth the money but make sure you take the mill tour with the guide to get the best out of your visit. The guide actually worked in the industry and explained the processes and history really well. Parking is a... More 

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Egham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

They have some interesting machines in the old mill and a good exhibition of how silk was made in Macclesfield years ago in the other part of the museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I've wanted to visit the Silk Museum and Mill since seeing it on TV with Mark Williams and wasn't disappointed. It is such a well thought out exhibition you cannot fail to take great memories and knowledge from the trip. The guys running the looms in the museum and the mill were enthusiastic, informative and ready to share whatever knowledge... More 

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Wilmslow, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

We visited all 4 sites of the museum in one half-term day and had a lovely lunch in the Old Sunday School site. Very interesting displays in the Silk Museum, the kids especially enjoyed the magnifying camera that showed different fabrics in detail and looking a their own clothes and hair magnified! The guided tour of Paradise Mill was great,... More 

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Cheshire UK
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Access not the easiest but well worth it. See Jacquard silk woven as you watch and hear the clatter of the machinery. Makes you thankful for health and safety! Had been expanded since my last visit and its a place my visitors really enjoy.

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Leicestershire, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

This was a marvellous and memorable experience. Well over an hour being shown around a largely Victorian silk mill, by a very knowledgeable and friendly guide. It included some history of the silk industry in Macclesfield, a tour of the factory and demonstrations of how silk was woven on impressively antiquated machinery. Lots of opportunity to ask questions too. Great... More 

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